Over the past week, Malaysians have expressed disappointment regarding politicians and the whole Covid-19 situation. Many complained that the hashtag #KitaJagaKita has been hijacked and misused by politicians, thus many new hashtags were started by netizens like #RakyatIngat, #PoliticiansPuncaVirus, and one which really kicked off, #RakyatJagaRakyat.
The catchphrase (that translates to “citizens take care of citizens”) saw Malaysians sharing their frustrations towards politicians across various parties who netizens claim have prioritised election-campaigning over the nation’s wellbeing.
These past few days, has seen an uptrend in the usage of #RakyatJagaRakyat as new clusters surface, reportedly due to returnees from Sabah.
According to NST, 260 new positive-cases in Malaysia were recorded yesterday making it the second-largest daily spike since the pandemic began, and today, well, we are at the highest number of new cases at 287 cases which are all local cases according to the Health Ministry’s Twitter post.
Many netizens have also commented that most of the rakyat are trying their hardest to abide by the SOPs, however, the politicians are busy playing political games and breaking SOPs without proper repercussions – calling the situation a double standard.
Take a look:
When u see #RakyatJagaRakyat is trending, it’s a sign of government failure to take care of it’s citizens.
Or perhaps with MCO 2.0 / PKP 2.0 / Lockdown 2.0 trending, is a sign of authoritarian oppression by which we’re saying Enough is Enough!
— The Inquisitive Observer (@newstradr) October 1, 2020
1st October 2020 is the day where Malaysian are all done with some stupid politicians and political actions that caused the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia after last recorded in June.
So this time, it is #RakyatJagaRakyat !
— Nadia J 🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾 (@AchuNadia) October 1, 2020
— Life Bandits (@LifeBandits) October 1, 2020
Yall politicians were appointed by the people and literally work for the people, but have the cheek to order us to obey SOP while yall out there acting like clowns?? OMg kAu SEkoLaH kE tAk #RakyatJagaRakyat
— Madam Suezy (@therealsuezy) October 1, 2020
With respect DG.
How about all POLITICIANS stay at home for awhile?
— Joker #RakyatJagaRakyat (@BadBoy2662) October 1, 2020
campaigning and election could have and should have been better handled. but fact is, many who have the authority are selfish and have personal agenda. so long as their personal needs are met, who cares about #rakyat, right? #RakyatJagaRakyat https://t.co/pTzTvjtxAY
— Adrian Tai (@adriantai) October 1, 2020
— . (@takaharasuiko) October 1, 2020
— Maya karim (@amrulkareem) October 2, 2020
— you should have locked down sabah la bodohs (@couldadonemore) October 2, 2020
Our government and politicians have failed to lead by example, flouting RMCO rules and changing laws to suit their needs.
Do they not understand the repercussions of another PKP on the lives and livelihoods of the Rakyat?#RakyatJagaRakyat
— Muaz Mohd 🇲🇾 (@MuazMohd94) September 28, 2020
If there’s a rare chance a politician is reading this, we hope you’re not in this thread:
— jminjo51 (@jminjo41) September 30, 2020