MELAKA: Uproar ensued in the Melaka State Assembly today over the hashtag #MelakaKotorBoss (Melaka is dirty, boss) used by opposition leader Idris Haron each time he posts an article on his official Facebook account.
The hashtag riled government supporters who said it would affect the image of the state government and create a bad perception among the public.
“We should be working together to ensure the cleanliness of the state and complaints should be channelled to the relevant agencies or departments, not complain about it on social media,” said the state executive councillor for housing, local government, environment and green technology, Tey Kok Kiew.
“I have checked with the Melaka Historic City Council, and there has not been even one complaint from the Sungai Udang YB,” said Tey, referring to Idris, who is the assembly member for Sungai Udang.
Idris had commented on the state’s cleanliness when debating on the adjournment speech.
The house became chaotic when Idris shot up to say that every issue he posted on Facebook had been brought up with the relevant department through telephone calls. “Ask the head of department how many times I called,” Idris said.
At this point, a war of words also broke out between several state executive councillors including Norhizam Hassan Baktee (PH-Pengkalan Batu) and Ginie Lim (PH-Machap Jaya) and opposition MPs including Amirudin Yusof (BN-Ayer Limau) and Sulaiman Md Ali (BN-Lendu).