Kit Siang comes under fire for klia2 tweet

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 22, 2014:

Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek has become the latest to criticise Lim Kit Siang over the latter’s tweet claiming that Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) was flooded last night.

Earlier this evening, the
Communications and Multimedia Minister tweeted a picture of him in an AirAsia flight to Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang with the caption, “Last night I was on board AirAsia. Landed in KLIA2. There was nothing about KLIA2 being unsafe.”

Lim had yesterday stated that the low-cost airline’s plane scheduled to land in klia2 was diverted to Senai International Airport in Johor Baru as klia2 was flooded.

“Really disgraceful. Liow Ting Lai should resolve this pronto,” Lim added, referring to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

This led to users on the micro-blogging site criticising the DAP supremo — apart from Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang demanding an apology and threatening to lodge a police report — over the misinformation, stating that Lim’s blunder had given the country a bad image.

A netizen with a Twitter account @Flying_Kickers expressed his disappointment as he said that Lim’s tweet had caused him to purchase a new ticket.

Another user, identified as Ibdilillah Ishak, joined in as he said that Lim’s act was typical of DAP leaders who chose to make offensive remarks and apologise right after.

Lim subsequently deleted his tweet, but not before apologising to DAP lawmaker Liew Chin Tong, stating that the information from the passenger was incorrect and that the flight diversion was because of bad weather.

He then hit back at his critics by writing:

“Unbelievable — the craving for cheapskate publicity. The tweet on wrong info was deleted more than two hours ago but the circus must go on!”

This, however, did not gain him any sympathy as tweeps, or Twitter users, continued the attacks.

They urged the Gelang Patah Member of Parliament to verify any information relayed to him first before publishing it for the public to read.

Jason Wong wrote: “Next time, do some homework first BEFORE tweeting. Idiocy goes to you & your twitter admin.”

User Asok Nair echoed similar sentiments, accusing Lim of “hastily used unverified info”.

Asok then told Lim to be gracious in admitting the mistake, adding that principles separated him from those he sought to replace.




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