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?
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3月9日，我们亲爱的小天使 Emily江倩龄已回天国和天父还有妈妈团聚了。她傻大姐开朗的个性，真诚地对待身边的每一个人，天使般善良纯真的心，甜美的笑容，我们永记在心中。 Emily 生前最大的心愿就是能够透过媒体娱乐传福音，希望透过自己让更多艺人认识她生活中很重要的神，影响更多生命。她很坚持这个信念，很努力完成这个使命，从来不求回报。她的真诚，热心与无私，相信是她身边每一个人都感受得到的。一定是因为她太太太完美，上帝把她接回去当天使了。 让我们把与 Emily的美好回忆永记在心里，你们也可以在这留言，纪念与Emily最好的时光，我相信她一定看得见。 感谢各界的慰问，我们暂时无法在这时刻给予及时回应，请见谅。 Our beloved Emily Kong has left us for Heaven to be reunited with our Heavenly Father and her mom. Her contagious laughter, her cheerful personality and the rarest of all, her pure heart of gold will be something we cherish in our memories forever. . . It has always been Emily’s wish to have more people come to know her beloved God through her, to touch more lives. She has a special love and passion for taking care of artists who are in this industry, constantly giving without expecting anything in return. I’m sure the people around her could attest to her sincerity and selflessness. She is beautiful inside out, because she has a wonderful God. Earth doesn’t deserve her, she belongs in Heaven. She must be too too too perfect, that’s why God called her home to be an angel instead. . . Let’s keep the beautiful memories in our hearts forever and you may comment your best moments with Emily below. I’m sure she will see it. . . Thank you for the consolations but we may not be able to respond at the moment, appreciate your kind understanding. . . #OurAngelEmily Emily姐姐代笔。 This post is written on behalf by Emily’s sister.
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.