The nation was saddened by the lost of shinning star Emily Kong (江倩龄). The 29-year-old Malaysian singer cum actress was killed in a car accident at Jalan Kuchai Lama on Saturday (9th March, 3:20am).
While many offered their condolence, a medical student from International Medical University of Malaysia (IMU) took the liberty to post sexist and mean comments that were in poor taste.
The IMU medical student suggested that Emily met her untimely death because she didn’t rely on a man. His now-deleted comment reads:
“Condolences.. I hope all the girls learn a good lesson now.. Never leave the pub without a guy.. Man and woman work together.. We offer you a safe drive home and you give us makeout or sex.. I mean girls like sex too right.. This is what happens when women think they can do everything on their own and be independent.. Every woman need men.”
Prior to deleting his comment, the person responded by saying that he stands by what he wrote. His impression? “Women are bad drivers“. It doesn’t come as a surprise that his behaviour only proceeded to fan the flames of angry social media users.
Many netizens were not only startled but disgusted at the insensitive words by the aforementioned individual. As a result, several people have taken it upon themselves to start a petition on Change.Org to urge International Medical University to take action.
Since then, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of IMU, Peter Pook, has responded to this incident on Facebook. You may read his comments in the screenshot below:
Although the IMU medical student has removed his comments, he released an “apology” to further explain his case. “I apologise to women in general and whomever else who feels offended for whatever reason,” he wrote before adding, “To clarify, anybody who has or is in an open relationship would understand that this is a normal happening. We go out at night with a special person for drinking, and we drop them home safely. We send them home. We protect them.”
“And if they invite us to their place we go and be with them. We kiss, we bond, and we have sex. Our role is to protect them. In return, they give us a good surprise. I forgive those who made this viral despite me removing the comments. I forgive all the hate shown towards me or my acquaintance. I forgive all the vulgar messages I received. And because I forgive, I have not been affected by this at all.”
“Your hatred has not got to me. I also forgive those instigating by misrepresenting the comments to get more likes. This is a social media disease.” “Let me be the bigger man here and not stoop to profanity or low level of language.”
So much for “apologising” right?
Our thoughts go out to Emily’s family and friends. Her wake service has been scheduled for 8:30pm on Sunday and Monday at the Full Gospel Assembly Church Kuchai Lama. The funeral service will take place at 10am on Tuesday at the same location.