Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor has claimed that he was only joking with reporters when his remarks about having enough freezer containers for COVID-19 victims were taken out of context
In a statement today, 7 August, Sanusi said that his joke was not intended for everyone as it was only aimed at journalists in the state who have become like "family" to him.
"I like to joke and last night, I was joking with reporters who are like family to me. But as there were some who were hurt by my remarks, I would like to apologise to them," he told reporters.
He admitted that while he is the type who likes to joke, perhaps his joke yesterday was disrespectful.
Sanusi also said that while he received many messages criticising him
"Because of the joke, all the good work done so far seems to be 'lost'," he said.
"But that's normal in this job - there are those who like you and hate you," Malaysiakini reported him as saying.
According to Sanusi, it was just his "fate" that the particular quip was caught on video.
"Journalists know my character, but because I'm on camera, it's my fate."
Yesterday, the PAS politician sparked controversy online when he remarked about having enough freezer containers to hold the corpses
The Kedah MB was speaking during a press conference.
"There are enough funeral containers, whoever wants to go inside, can just give your names," he said jokingly, before going on to say that it's not like the state government wants people to die.
Someone is also heard laughing at his joke. A clip of the Kedah MB's remarks then went viral, with netizens lambasting him for his lack of respect for the COVID-19 victims.
More than 10,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Malaysia since the start of the pandemic.