PETALING JAYA: The MP for Jelutong, Jeff Ooi, has reportedly denied saying that his Twitter account had been hacked, after coming under fire for a remark about the death of PAS spiritual leader Haron Din.
He had been reported to have remarked “Adios Harun Din. Let there be peace” on Twitter on Friday, sparking protests for being offensive.
Earlier today, he had told FMT: “I do not see any issues regarding the statement. Take a look at my Twitter and Facebook. Anything other than these two sites are Photoshop work created by others. I only upload statuses through my official Facebook page.”
Later on Saturday, he said in a statement quoted by The Star Online: “I have full control of my info flow through my FB and Twitter, which can be checked online. Other sources are not from me.”
He was also quoted as saying: “I am from the IT industry. I know my Twitter account was never hacked. I have full control. Period.”
He said he had merely wished Haron farewell and had no intention of belittling him or his family.
He said he had made the remark when sharing another person’s tweet, and had later removed the other person’s comment and made another tweet, in which he had said: “Received a personal call a while ago. So… Farewell. Let there be peace.”
Among those who criticised Ooi was PAS Youth information chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari who urged the MP to apologise to Haron’s family members and to retract his comment.
He said it was not the first time Ooi had issued a rude statement. He said Ooi had used the term “diseased cats” on Penang City Council staff in 2013, for which he was reprimanded by then party chairman, the late Karpal Singh, at the DAP’s Penang convention that year.
Haron Din, 77, died of heart complications on Thursday while being treated at Stanford University hospital in San Francisco. He was buried on Friday.