JUST as the dust began to settle on the steady flow of jokes and troll ammunition provided by the Perikatan Nasional government ministers and their deputies, Dr Afif Bahardin, the Seberang Jaya assemblyman comes to the fore.
“Barber services have their justification from the aspect of medical research carried out by the New England Journal of Medicine, which explains that such services can reduce blood pressure levels; one of the pressures faced by Malaysians at this moment,” read his third point in his Twitter thread posted yesterday.
Afif however, failed to Tweet any explanations as to whether the reduction in blood pressure levels via haircuts would also form any defense against Covid 19.
This came in response to Healthy Department director general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah calling for barbers to abstain from providing their services as the threat of Covid 19 forming new clusters triggered by these services was still very much evident.
Afif’s impassioned backing of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry’s lifting of restrictions on 11 sectors to begin tomorrow, likely comes through his strong alignment to its minister Azmin Ali, the sacked forer deputy president of his party PKR.
Afif remains a member of PKR and its Permatang Pauh deputy chief, despite vacating his position as Penang executive councilor for agriculture, agro-based industries, rural development and health last month in the wake of the political coup at federal level in which Azmin was a key player.
Screenshots of Afif’s tweet went viral as netizens were kept amused by government actors with their steady flow of humorous statements that has been consistent with this Perikatan Nasional government.
Earlier, Health Minister Adham Baba’s statement about warm water being able to kill the coronavirus made global headlines as news anchors worldwide were left dumbfounded, as was the case with Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Harun’s tips for women during the Movement Control Order (MCO).
Rina had advised women to put on make up at home and speak to their husbands in the voice of the Japanese male cat cartoon character Doraemon to keep their husbands happy.
Then came Higher Education Minister Noraini Ahmad, also a doctor, who was on the receiving end of a roasting after she started a competition inviting netizens to submit TikTok videos, offering prizes to the most creative. The Ministry of Higher Education has under its jurisdiction the nation’s institutions of higher learning.
In between those events, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin amused netizens by replicating popular cartoon characters from the TV series Teletubbies in her hazmat suit with the word “MENTERI” emblazoned on her visor, after gathering a crowd of a hundred to launch a disinfection drive, complete with a media photo-op of her spraying the disinfectant herself.
This obviously leaves netizens amused and the people entertained during the MCO, but whether it is a picture of an effective administration, is up for debate.