You’re probably not surprised to see Aliff Syukri’s name gracing yet another unpleasant headline, but now, it’s not another mere case of inappropriate or satirical marketing content. This time, the infamous entrepreneur irked a large portion of Malaysians by making a fool out of them rather than himself.
Over the past month, he has indeed released a thread of pretty disturbing content, including a hijab ad that he ‘masturbates’ in, as well as TikTok videos featuring racy dance moves.
Netizens believe that it is the pressure of the collective recent flak that prompted him to threaten suicide via a now-deleted Instagram post depicting a handful of pills with the caption “Kill me softly and faithfully” on Friday (August 12).
This, inevitably, caused national shock and panic as it led people to fear the worst.
The viral post then reached a mass audience; among them, a Twitter user who revealed that the photo of the pills was actually taken and posted by him 2 years ago.
Itu ke gambar pil yang Aliff Syukri upload ? Kalau betul, aku boleh confirmkan yang dia tengah bodohkan satu Malaysia. Itu gambar ubat-ubat aku yg aku upload tahun 2020 😅🤣 pic.twitter.com/0b6CLv3fq9
— naufalantezem (@NaufalAntezem) August 12, 2022
He proved this on Twitter with a side-by-side comparison of the two spitting images, explaining that while he did not mind his picture being used, he was furious about the context in which it was posted.
It was also confirmed that the medications were for those diagnosed with bipolar type two, namely Epilim (purple pill), Luvox (white) and Lorazepam (blue).
Naufal also explained that Luvox is taken to improve one’s mood so as not to enter a depressive low, and Epilim will help establish a balance between mania and depression. Lorazepam, on the other hand, is to aid sleep.
While many Malaysians are not particularly fond of the influencer, suicide is far from a joking matter. Utilising it as a means of gaining attention or ploy for sympathy is an extremely crass and insensitive thing to do.
Comments along these lines are now scattered across social media platforms as netizens try to wrap their heads around Aliff Syukri’s latest controversy, and from the looks of things, it seems like this one is bound to stick around for quite a while.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, or know someone who is, don’t hesitate to seek help:
Agape Counselling Centre Malaysia
03-77855955 or 03-77810800
Life Line Association Malaysia