On 15 March, Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi has sworn in as the 19th Johor Menteri Besar and he has started his first day of work on 16 March.
However, he is already facing huge criticism from netizens on his first day of work.
In a video shared by Malaysia Gazette on their Twitter page, workers can be seen rolling out red carpet to welcome Onn Ghazi on his first day of work.
Persiapan menyambut Menteri Besar ke-19,Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi yang dijangka “clocking” jam 10 pagi yang akan memulakan tugas dihari pertama beliau sebagai Menteri Besar Johor#malaysiagazette pic.twitter.com/OdZjHMTeJy— Malaysia Gazette (@MalaysiaGazette) March 16, 2022
They wrote in the caption, “Preparations to welcome the 19th Menteri Besar of Johor, Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi, who is expected to be ‘clocking in’ at 10am and will start his first day as the Menteri Besar of Johor.”
This did not go well with netizens as they pointed out that the red carpet treatment showed a feudalistic mindset in the country and it was akin to idol worshipping.
😂 reporting for work also needs red carpet ah? An elected representative is to serve rakyat and not for rakyat to serve them lah! Only in Msia we have such speechless treatment! Really banggang! 🤯🤷🤦💩🤡😡— David Wong (@davidwong27) March 16, 2022
They said that an elected representative is meant to serve the people and this entire red carpet thing was completely unnecessary.
A netizen even pointed out that they had got their priorities upside down for treating a government servant like royalty.
Another netizen also highlighted how the former Transport Minister Anthony Loke refused to have the red carpet rolled out for him and instructed his office against such protocols on his first day in office.
Besides that, some pointed out that clocking in at 10 am seems a little late.
Kenapa dia masuk keje pukul 10. Flexi hour pun sampai pukul 9 je. Baru first day dah datang lambat. X bole dibuat contoh— Indah Basyirah 🕊 (@BasyirahIndah) March 16, 2022
“Office hours are 8 am to 5 pm, is he coming in at 10 am because he went to get breakfast first? What is the red carpet for?” a netizen said.
Despite all those criticisms, we hope that Datuk Onn Hafiz puts in just as much effort as he celebrates for being appointed as the Menteri Besar.
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