Since the country’s borders reopened, a number of our government members have been going on overseas trips for business purposes. However, it appears that most Malaysians were convinced that these trips would bring any benefits to the country.
Recently, the Ministry of Higher Education had on Twitter shared that Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad is currently in the UK for a visit to some of the renowned universities there, such as Imperial College and Oxford University.
In the tweet, the Ministry shared pictures of Noraini meeting up with Malaysian student representatives from the ‘Badan Perhubungan Negara UK & Eire’ (BPNUK) organisation.
YBM HADIRI SESI SEMBANG SANTAI BERSAMA WAKIL BADAN PERHUBUNGAN NEGARA UK & EIRE— Kementerian Pengajian Tinggi (@MOHEOfficial) May 23, 2022
22 Mei 2022 | London, UK
Malam tadi, YB Menteri sempat menghadiri sesi sembang santai bersama wakil pelajar daripada Badan Perhubungan Negara UK & Eire (BPNUK) yang telah dianjurkan oleh … pic.twitter.com/XSjk7yiKw5
The meetup session was held at a restaurant and 35 students from all across the country came to meet Noraini and discuss issues that they are facing as a student in the UK.
“It provided an opportunity for the Minister to interact and hear directly about the problems and future of Malaysian students abroad.” the tweet reads.
Meanwhile, that post did not go well with Malaysians and many accused her of practising double standards when it comes to Malaysian students based in the UK in comparison with local students.
Dulu lagi UMNO ni buat mcm ni. Bersepah je student Malaysia di Indonesia, India, Pakistan, China dan banyak lagi negara2 yg tak upscale mcm UK.— Faisal.MN 🏴 (@faisal_mn_) May 24, 2022
Ko takkan nampak or dengar Menteri UMNO pergi tempat tak upscale ni psl susah Menteri nak shopping.
Typical bastard @DrNorainiAhmad
One netizen commented, “There are a lot of Malaysian students in Indonesia, India, Pakistan, China and other countries which aren’t as upscale as the UK.”
“However, you won’t ever see or hear of a UMNO Minister going to countries that are not upscale as it is difficult for them to go shopping.”
Another netizen then pointed out that one have to be rich and fancy only for the Minister to come visit and invite you for a meal.
Kena jd ank org kaya, hebat bergaya baru menteri dtg berjumpa dijamu selera makanan merah belaka.— Dean of Deen : (@Mulut_Cabai) May 24, 2022
Di Malaysia? Menteri tanak layan. Korang hanya picisan. Tak duduk London, menteri tak boleh holiday shopping.
“In Malaysia? The Minister won’t entertain you. You are only small fry. You don’t live in London so the Minister can’t go holiday shopping,” the netizen added.
Several netizens pointed out that the minister could have just hosted a session over an online video call instead of having to be present physically.
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