PETALING JAYA: Following public pressure, Cisco Asean has fired an employee accused of insulting the monarchy on social media.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page on Tuesday (Jan 8), Cisco Asean said it believes in respecting and honouring local traditions and laws.
“The remark was made by the employee in his personal capacity and does not represent Cisco’s views.
“We deeply regret any distress caused and apologise. The employee has also issued an apology and is no longer with the company,” it said.
Cisco Asean is the regional headquarters of the Silicon Valley-based networking, telecommunications and technology giant.
The Cisco Asean employee caused an uproar on social media after leaving a disparaging Facebook comment on a news report about Kelantan Ruler, Sultan Muhammad V, stepping down as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
In response, Malaysians took to Cisco Asean’s Facebook page to demand action be taken against the employee.
An Umno Youth delegation also caused a minor commotion at Cisco Systems Malaysia’s office in Kuala Lumpur on Monday (Jan 7), demanding action against the individual.