"Malaysians Are Becoming Tired And Angry For Being Squeezed Over Debts We Did Not Create"
Popular local artist Sheila Majid took social media by the storm yesterday when she voiced her disappointment over the hardships caused by the weak ringgit, high cost of living, and lack of job opportunities
"Malaysians are becoming tired and angry for being squeezed over debts we did not create. Stop making excuses and looking for faults. Focus on the job of getting our country back on track! Disappointing!" she wrote in a tweet posted on 5 December.
Dubbed as Malaysia's jazz queen, Sheila's tweet has gone viral on social media. It has received more than 16,000 retweets and 9,000 likes at the time of writing.
Sheila's tweet follows recent comments by a local actress who gained attention after voicing out on a current issue related to the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) foreign exchange (forex) scandal
Nur Fathia Latiff took to Twitter recently and questioned why the authorities were only now looking into something that happened 30 years ago.
"Action taken only after 30 years? After decades of Tun's service? Is this 'smart'?" she said in one of her tweets.
In a separate tweet, Fathia also said that the authorities should investigate the money deposited into the private accounts of "certain individuals", adding that results of the investigations should be disclosed to the public.
She was responding to news regarding the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the forex losses suffered by BNM back in 1990s. The RCI has recommended that three people, including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, to be probed over their involvement over the case.
Following the tweets, the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's aide, Rizal Mansor reportedly issued a warning to an unnamed celebrity against becoming a tool of the opposition.
Meanwhile, prominent television host Datuk Aznil Nawawi has also revealed that he has posed several questions related to the cost of living issues to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
In a recent post on Instagram, Aznil who is fondly known as 'Pak Nil', said that an upcoming television programme called #Bicara4Mata will reveal Najib's answers to his questions.
Among some of the questions Pak Nil asked Najib are:
- "Why petrol prices increase more often than it decreases?"
- "The exchange rate (of the ringgit) makes it tough for us Datuk Seri, how?
- "What can you do to help us to really own affordable homes?
- "The cost of living keeps rising. Is the government aware of our unhappiness?"
He urged the public to view the programme to find out the premier's answers to these questions.
Following their posts on social media, Mahathir has thanked these celebrities for "speaking out" for the future of the country
"One by one Malaysian icons are speaking up for the future of the country. From @fatiyalatiff, @aznilnawawiHM and now Sheila Majid. The youths, in particular, must have the courage to move forward. The future is in your hands. If not us, then who?" he tweeted.
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