Siti Kassim is a Malaysian lawyer who has been involved in various controversies over the past years. She has been called all sorts of names, and criticised by society.
She is often labelled as a “liberal” by conservative Malaysians for her “too-westernised” statements and remarks on current affairs. Whether you tend to agree or disagree with her, a recent remark by a Ustaz was downright absurd.
The recent flash flood has taken the nation by storm, literally. We know it’s because of various reasons, and the most obvious one of all would be global warming. But, on the other side of the internet, it’s a whole different story. Because apparently, to at least one, the flash flood happened because there were too many beer factories and wineries in Shah Alam.
A screenshot of a text message from a certain WhatsApp group has gone viral recently on social media. A Muslim scholar known as Ustaz Nazmi Karim, had sent a video of one of the highways in Section 13, Shah Alam, being flooded by murky waters during the recent disaster. With the video, he stated, “One of the reasons for this disaster is because there are alcohol factories in Shah Alam.”
Siti Kassim was baffled by this man’s statement and spoke out. Besides bringing awareness on global warming and educating the public on our collective responsibility, she also questioned his logic. “What about Kelantan that was hit by the big flood last time? No beer factory there. What about all other areas flooded that do not have a beer factory?” she asked.
Netizens were astonished by this issue as well, and they too, decided to chip their piece of mind. Most of the replies to this issues were sarcastically hilarious. One netizen said, “Cheers to corruption that caused the flood,” then proceeded to list down all things involved in corruption. While another commented on how there are more clowns than we actually need in Malaysia.
Another comment mentioned how they were surprised that the LGBTQIA+ community was dragged into the blaming game as well. Someone named Shahril Azmir even “blamed” the local airlines’ stewardesses for revealing their attires at God and that’s why his wrath is upon on us. “Briberies and money politics are okay! We’re going to turn a blind eye to that,” he mocked.
People do say the darnest things, don’t they?