PETALING JAYA: Social media was abuzz as many people went online to express outrage over negative headlines used by a couple of newspapers after the Olympics mixed doubles badminton final match.
Unheralded Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying finished as silver medallists against Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir.
However, some newspapers focused on the fact their defeat was a lost chance for Malaysia to win its first ever Olympic gold medal.
Headlines like “Peng Soon-Liu Ying disappoint millions of Malaysians” and “Mixed doubles only get silver” rankled Malaysians.
Angry social media users were quick to point out that Malaysia had never taken medals in the mixed doubles event before. This meant that Chan and Goh’s silver was a historic achievement.
“(The newspaper) is worthy of being used to wrap nasi lemak with that headline. This is the first time we won a medal in mixed doubles, okay?” Hakimi Ezarul commented.
Another Facebook user Augustine Augustus Tan said that it was not the mixed doubles pair that disappointed the people but the editors.
“What’s with ‘only’? Before the Olympics, this pair was not expected to achieve any medals,” said Facebook user Malik Kamal.
Another paper’s Facebook page had all of its stories yesterday flooded with hashtagged comments stating that the paper should apologise.