Staged or mindless act?
By A concerned youth
Recently, Minister of Youth and Sports, Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman lodged a police report over on an alleged attack on him by opposition supporters near the nomination centre for the Semenyih state seat by-election.
Syed Saddiq claimed he was walking towards his car, where a group of Barisan Nasional (BN) supporters had gathered near a traffic light junction at Persiaran Impian Perdana.
As the minister was making his way towards his car, he was allegedly provoked by the group , who hurled harsh words such as ‘bodoh’ (stupid), ‘bangang’ (imbecile), ‘anjing’ (dog) and ‘hancing’ (foul-smelling).
Syed Saddiq also claimed he was strangled by a BN supporter identified as blogger, Papagomo during the attack.
Several questions were raised following the allegations by Syed Saddiq.
For one, was it a wise move by him to venture close to the "lion's den" knowing they would probably rip you to pieces?
As a politician, he should have been clearly aware of the consequences.
The police and relevant authorities had marked off designated areas for the relevant parties and this should have been strictly followed.
Everyone knows the kind of tension in the air during nominations and elections and one would expect a minister to know this.
So, what were Syed Saddiq's motives actually?
Twitter user, Sakinah Alhabshee questioned if there was actually a possibility that Syed Saddiq and his team decided to stage the whole fiasco.
She believes the whole thing was deliberately done to create a commotion and make the opposition look bad.
Whatever the reason, the entire episode was uncalled for and we should not point fingers at any one party.
As one netizen pointed out, both are to blame - Syed Saddiq for walking too close to the BN supporters and the BN for hurling abuses at him.
It is best to stay clear of each other in tense situations like this rather than create any form of provocation which can spiral out of control.