PETALING JAYA: Netizens have slammed Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar (pic) for saying that Pakatan Rakyat leaders are willing to replace the 239 people on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 if the plane was indeed hijacked.
"Our concern now is the safety of the passengers. I am willing to exchange places with the passengers and become a hostage if the need arises," Mahfuz was reported to have said at Parliament.
Many labelled Mahfuz as an “attention seeker” and his statement as “nonsensical” among other things.
Facebook user Shalizahanim Shukor asked if Mahfuz was serious and wondered if he was trying to hog the limelight and make himself relevant to the situation.
“Stop all this drama, will you? Focus on what’s really important,” she said.
Another Facebook user Afendy Suraip called Mahfuz an attention seeker and people like him were wrecking Malaysia.
“Put aside your political things and do what you can to help not talking rubbish or condemning your own country.... If you can’t help, keep your mouth shut,” he said.
Karti Amin said he didn’t think the hijackers would want Mahfuz.
“They many even clone a few hundreds of him and throw them back to Malaysia to deal with,” she said.
William Ng said that Mahfuz needed to be conferred with a hero’s medal while Panglima Togel said Mahfuz and his colleagues did not have much value.
Nathaniel Soo wondered how low politicians would go to score brownie points.
“Totally nonsensical suggestion that is insensitive to the plight of the victims, their families and entirely lacking in practicality,” he said.
Cheryl Leong dismissed his statement as a joke and urged him to keep quiet if he couldn’t help.
“Don’t try to get your five minutes of fame by saying something irrelevant,” he said.
Hafidz Nissan however said that Mahfuz’s statement should be understood.
“Doesn’t mean he is an opposition member, his opinions are wrong,” he said.