DG Noor Hisham Shares Video Of UK Tourist Stuck In KL To Combat Al-Jazeera’s “Negativity” But It Backfires

(source: Utusan Borneo / Remote Darren)

Recently, Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham took to his Twitter to share a video of a stranded British YouTuber who has commended Malaysia for its efficient handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

What made netizens uneasy was the fact that Dr Noor Hisham shared the video with the intent to combat Al-Jazeera’s recent reporting about how immigrants were being mistreated in Malaysia.

He tweeted out, “Amidst with all the negativity in AJ news regarding Malaysia, listen to this impartial views from a foreign national being locked down, stranded and alone in Malaysia during this global pandemic crisis”.

In the 8-minute-long video, online entrepreneur Darren Cronian shared his quarantine experience as a foreigner which began shortly after he arrived in Kuala Lumpur nearly five months ago. According to Malay Mail, Cronian, who has been to Malaysia before, had intentions of exploring the country as much as possible but the situation changed rapidly due to the pandemic, and the MCO came into effect.

The clip titled ‘A Foreigner’s Message to Malaysia’ was posted last Saturday and has been viewed over 100,000 times so far. Cronian stated that what Malaysia has been doing to curb the spread of Covid-19 is a model for the rest of the world.

He also shared his quarantine routine in the clip which included shadowboxing to the iconic Rocky theme, weightlifting with water bottles and spending lots of time looking out his window.

When Dr Noor Hisham shared the video on Twitter though, it simply backfired as many brought up the fact that comparing Cronian’s travelling experience to the experience of immigrants who have come to Malaysia to work, is unfair. Check it out:

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