Insulting Agong: Pemandu Associates suspends employee

PETALING JAYA: Two more persons had action taken by their employers against them for posting insulting comments against the monarchy on social media, soon after another company dismissed one of its employees.

Private consulting firm Pemandu Associates confirmed it had suspended its employee with immediate effect for a tweet he allegedly posted following the stepping down of Sultan Muhammad V as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“Pemandu Associates is taking this matter seriously.

“Hence, an internal inquiry is being conducted,” it said today in a brief statement on Facebook after Malaysians called for action to be taken against the employee.

Meanwhile, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) suspended an employee with immediate effect for also insulting the royal institution on social media.

In a statement, TNB said action was taken after conducting an investigation into the incident.

“As a company with high values and integrity, we will not compromise if any of our employees makes such statements,” it said, stressing that the statement made by the employee on a social media account was her own opinion and differed from the company’s principles.

The employee earned the wrath of netizens when she and the owner of the social media account, believed to be her husband, wrote comments insulting the monarchy and resignation of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

These suspensions come hours after Cisco Asean confirmed a Malaysian employee accused of insulting the monarchy was no longer with the company and that his remarks were made in his personal capacity.

The man was identified online as an employee of Cisco by Umno Youth members.

He eventually apologised for his remarks on Facebook and has since deactivated his account.

The Pemandu Associates employee is also believed to have deactivated his Twitter account.

Istana Negara announced on Sunday that Sultan Muhammad V had stepped down as the Agong with immediate effect.

Yesterday, the Conference of Rulers said it would meet on Jan 24 to elect the new Agong and his deputy, with the swearing-in ceremony for both positions taking place on Jan 31.

Previously, social media comments have also landed others in trouble.

A Honda distributor sacked an employee who made an uncharitable comment about the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

The company had earlier suspended the female employee over her social media posting, in which she said Adib’s death was not a failure of the government but “your God’s failure” in healing Adib.

Adib, who was with the Subang Jaya fire station, was assaulted by a mob during the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple fracas in Seafield, Subang Jaya, in November. He died three weeks later.