An avid supporter of Pakatan Harapan (PH) has come under fire after bringing up PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's English language proficiency, as supporters of rival parties continue to trade barbs on social media more than a week after the conclusion of the 15th general election.
Jason Leong, a stand-up comedian who has been campaigning for PH while battling accusations of betrayal following the coalition's decision to join hands with scandal-tainted Umno leaders, also found himself under friendly fire over his tweet: "I have never ever met Hadi Awang in my life, but you can tell he can't speak English."
His post was met with a stream of replies from Twitter users, most of whom schooled him for raising an irrelevant topic, and others chiding him for not "making it easy" for PH supporters on social media.
"With all the fitnah and bullshit coming out from PN, I don't know whether to respond furiously or to refuse the bait. Regardless, I echo the sentiments of many others that PH should have a dedicated comms team to counter misinformation," Leong attempted to defend his statement amid a barrage of replies.
"With personal attacks like this towards PN, you're not making it easy either," came one reply.
Leong questioned: "How is this is a personal attack?", to which another user said: "They say if you have nothing nice to say then keep quiet".
Mohammad Faeez Harith, with some 77,000 followers on Twitter, turned the tables on Leong, saying: "I never met Jason Leong in my life, but you can tell he wasn't funny as a comedian should be."
A flurry of comments followed, with many agreeing that Leong was not a good comedian.
User ir.syid said he had watched one of Leong's stand-ups.
"Not that funny, I slept most of the time of it. And idk why I'm so dumb picking up his show."
"Nahhh... Next. Not worth the time," said another.
"He's a comedian? I thought he's a..." said Supetuiter, using an emoji of a clown.
Another user shared a previous post from local hip-hop king Joe Flizzow: "Don't think you are clever just because you're good at conversing. Sometimes your conversation is empty anyway."
Meanwhile, one Twitter user posted a short clip of an interview Hadi had given on an Arabic news channel, where he made a point about ideology clashes in fluent Arabic.
"Jason Leong downgrading people like he knows Arabic language," wrote Amru.
"Downgrading people makes your life better now? What a doctor you are?" asked T2woFace, referring to Leong's medical degree.
Leong meanwhile has continued to share his views on other developments, including his stand on the recent vote in the Singapore parliament to decriminalise gay sex.
"Majulah Singapura," Leong tweeted in welcoming the repeal of Section 377A of the city-state's Penal Code.