The newly-appointed Religious Affairs Minister, Idris Ahmad has taken matters into his own hands after he was wrongly accused of wearing a luxury watch to work.
For those in the dark, the rumour started after legal practitioner Siti Kasim took to Twitter to hit out at Idris. She tweeted “Heard he’s the new religious minister now. Goes around praying on the floor of an office wherever he goes. Also wears Jawi name tag only. No BM. But check out his Rolex gold watch.”
In a post shared on his official social media accounts, the 58-year-old politician came forth to deny the false claim. Idris explained to Siti, “For your information. I’ve been using this Buruj-branded watch for a long time. It makes it easier for me to tell prayer times and also the kiblat direction.”
The Perak-born political figure further clarified that he “can perform his prayers anywhere. As I entered my new office, it’s easier to determine the kiblat direction with this watch.” As revealed by a few social media users on FB, it turns out that the aforesaid “gold watch” that the minister was sporting only cost less than RM300!
The social media update posted by Idris has in turn received a massive amount of attention from netizens. At the time of writing, the FB post has been shared over 3.9k times on social media. Scrolling through the comments, many of these social media users appeared to put Siti on blast for throwing a slanderous statement against Idris.
Additionally, there were also a few of them who have suggested that Idris should take legal action against the prominent lawyer. For those interested, feel free to check out some of the comments left by netizens below:
Following Idris’ explanation (in addition to the backlash from many social media users), Siti responded by apologising to him. “I’m sorry Ustaz because I was wrong,” she wrote on her Twitter. It also appears that the outspoken activist’ original tweet has been taken down.