PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was caught in a storm of protest following his tweet likening the area where the MH370 aircraft went missing to “a new Bermuda Triangle”.
The former Perak mentri besar posted a tweet tagging CNN news anchor Piers Morgan, saying: “new Bermuda Triangle detected in Vietnam waters, well equipped sophisticated devices are of no use!”
The Bermuda Triangle is an undefined region in the North Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and ships had disappeared over the decades (and never found), all under mysterious circumstances.
Nizar was responding to Morgan’s tweet expressing surprise that a high-tech passenger plane could just disappear.
When the tweet went viral, netizens converged to criticise the PAS man.
@Razaisyam wrote: “You want to make jokes at a time like this?”
Gerakan leader Tan Keng Liang said “YB, please don’t joke (about) such issues”.
@AshrafSinclair was more direct, saying Nizar was “supposed to represent the people. You are a disgrace to the people”.
Nizar apologised and explained that his tweet was simply “commenting beyond the norms and slightly outside the box”.
“I tweeted prayers for the MH370’s passengers’ safety before that. I was responding to CNN’s Piers Morgan, who had more or less broadcasted news ahead of Malaysia Airlines and RTM. And we knew nothing of the plane’s whereabouts,” he said.
“If at all my comments did cause unnecessary disturbance and disheartened feelings, my greatest apologies – I seek forgiveness.”