Netizens Defend Syed Saddiq When Someone Tried To Call Him Out On An Old Clubbing Photo

OK, Boomer.

Cover image via Twitter @NaratifRakyat & Bernama/New Straits Times

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman made an epic clapback when a Twitter user tried to call him out by posting an old photo of him dancing in a club

The Twitter user, who goes by the handle Naratif Rakyat, posted the picture last Thursday, 7 November, along with the caption, "Did you not tear a tissue while you were dancing?"

Aptly using Twitter's current viral catchphrase, Syed Saddiq started his reply with #OkBoomer

According to South China Morning Post, 'OK, Boomer' has become the response of choice for Generation Z towards older social media users who try to shut down messages important to the younger generation, such as inclusivity and climate change.

"Everyone has a history, so do I," Syed Saddiq wrote, "I cannot change my past, but I can change my future."

"I owned up to it. I admitted and do not want to lie," he continued, "This happened in 2013, an outdated issue. Let's discuss policies and national issues. Focus should be on the people."

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

Image via Bernama/New Straits Times

His tweet has gained a lot of support from understanding netizens

Despite not being a fan of the minister, this Twitter user tried to be fair, "Some people forget that others are humans too, as if they could be imperfect but others can't. You were young and now still young indeed. We are just trying to explore our own lives. Make mistakes, learn from them."

"I'd be worried if you never went dancing when you were younger," wrote another user.

While this user tried to bring up an important question, "Sorry YB, but I seriously want to know what song were you so busy dancing to? Maybe our taste in music is the same."

Naratif Rakyat still maintains their stance against Syed Saddiq

"For those who support him and do not understand the context, this is not to bring up old news," the user clarifies, "This tweet is about Syed Saddiq lying during the case involving Papagomo. Go to school. Looks like you do not understand current affairs."

For context, the original post by Naratif Rakyat was a mockery in reference to the Youth and Sports Minister's testimony in a recent court hearing

According to The Star, Syed Saddiq testified last week against blogger Papagomo for intentionally causing injury to his neck and shoulder during the Semenyih state by-election nomination day in February.

It is alleged that after the nomination, as Syed Saddiq was about to leave the venue, a group of Barisan Nasional supporters had swarmed the minister and his three security officers.

At that moment, Papagomo, whose real name is Wan Muhammad Azri, had grabbed the minister's left shoulder and neck resulting in a 'soft tissue injury' that required the minister to seek treatment at a hospital.

The trial before Magistrate Nor Afidah Idris is set to continue on 28 January 2020.

The Youth and Sports Minister often takes to Twitter to post his opinions on current issues: