A TikTok Live event hosted by PKR's Fahmi Fadzil last night ended with the communications and digital minister threatening his viewers with police action for posting comments critical of him and the current government.
Fahmi, who recently started the live sessions on the social media platform that he has often criticised, was two hours into the event when he appeared to have had it with the avalanche of comments mocking him and questioning many of the government's policies.
"All of you who participate in my live sessions and make statements like this, you are being monitored by the authorities.
"Don't get upset with me if there is a call or a radio car outside of your house. We are monitoring, behave yourself," he said, threatening viewers with action under his ministerial jurisdiction.
Comments flooding the social media walls of politicians during live sessions is seen as a norm in online campaigning.
Fahmi's outburst against his critics was not the first time that the PKR MP had threatened to silence dissenting views.
In March, he came under fire after taking to social media over a report by Malay daily Berita Harian of a possible hike in the overnight policy rate, and announcing that he would meet with the paper's management.
Fahmi has also courted public criticism since assuming his ministerial portfolio, questioning the findings of a survey on the first 100 days of the government and accusing social media platforms of deliberately promoting opposition content.
"I will meet with the newspapers concerned to get clarification. Are they trying to do some promotion or deceive the people?" he said on March 1, reacting to a joint poll by five local media outlets which found that only 27% of respondents were satisfied with the performance of the government.