On Tuesday (6 October), Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin held a special press conference to address the nation about the country’s COVID-19 situation.
Yesterday’s cases reached a staggering figure that sent shockwaves throughout the country – 691.
Four deaths were also recorded yesterday including a one-year-old baby who died at the Semporna Hospital.
During his speech, Muhyiddin admitted that the rise in cases were due to the recent state elections in Sabah where the SOPs weren’t practiced tightly and stressed that there was no such thing as double standards amongst politicians.
He then repeated mostly what had been said earlier by the Health Director-General, Tan Sri Noor Hisham and ended his speech with a remark unfathomable to Malaysians – “Maaflah jika Abah ini mula menggunakan rotan!” (Sorry if Abah starts using the cane!).
Malaysians agreed it was the cringiest line to ever come out from a Prime Minister to date, but mostly was furious over the ‘joke’ that was ill timed.
Following the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, netizens felt that it was insensitive of the Prime Minister to be making jokes instead of offering condolences or reassurance to the people.
Some of you may think that this was said spontaneously, but unfortunately you can find it in his official speech text on Muhyiddin Yassin's Facebook page
We hope the PM and his speechwriter will be more sensitive or at least have some empathy with everything that’s been going on in the country.
Our condolences to the families who lost their loved ones due to COVID-19.