Friday, August 27, 2021

Azalina: Dei Menteri Froggie, make Anti-Hopping Laws a priority

Azalina’s zinger on anti-hopping law leaves netizens in stitches

Pengerang MP Azalina Othman Said hoped Mas Ermieyati Samsudin would prioritise an anti-hopping law in her new role.

PETALING JAYA: Azalina Othman Said’s tweet congratulating Mas Ermieyati Samsudin over her appointment as deputy minister for law and parliamentary affairs left social media users in stitches, with some seeing it as a veiled jab at the Bersatu MP.

“Congrats YB @emysamsudin, don’t forget to put ‘Anti-Hopping Law’ as a PRIORITY Parliamentary Reform agenda,” the Pengerang MP wrote on her Twitter account.

Mas Ermieyati, who is Masjid Tanah MP, was among several elected representatives from Umno who defected to Bersatu in 2018.

One @KenMohamad said Azalina had managed to find the opportunity to take a swipe at Mas Ermieyati.

“But it is akin to advising a frog to refrain from hopping.”

@FHMF89 replied that it “was like asking a frog to walk like a crab”.

Muhamad Johan said Mas Ermieyati was an “apt candidate” for this particular agenda. “After all, she is very familiar with this.”

Others applauded the former law minister and deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker for her amusing remark, with @Eina696 calling it a “perfect smash”.

Several of Azalina’s followers also expressed disappointment that she was not appointed to a ministerial post, with one @Suraya4Aziz asking why the prime minister did not recognise a gem.

@ajinkempas said the people were hurt that she was not appointed, adding: “Please continue to fight for the betterment of this country.”

Prior to Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s unveiling of his Cabinet, a DAP MP had proposed for Azalina to head one of three ministries.

Hannah Yeoh said Azalina was among the most capable elected representatives to take charge of the home ministry, the law ministry or the women, family and community development ministry.

Azalina herself has not reacted to the absence of her name in the line-up.

Earlier, in congratulating Ismail over his new Cabinet, she welcomed the commitment of the prime minister and the opposition to enhance the functions of Parliament and institutional reforms, as well as ensuring the freedom of the judiciary.

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