Last week, when prominent opposition parliamentarian Karpal Singh passed away, a couple of politicians from the other side of the aisle decided that even in death, politics must be played. One such person, the MP for Langkawi, Datuk Nawawi Ahmad, posted an inciting post on his Facebook page mocking Karpal Singh’s opposition of the implementation of the Hudud law (where he once quite famously said “over my dead body”).
Needless to say, the post generated a tonnage of negative press both for him and his party. To cut a long story short, he finally apologized for the posting.
Here’s an excerpt. If you would like to read the rest, go to his Facebook page.
1. I would like to express my deep remorse and regret on what transpired the last two days about my posting on my private Facebook account pertaining to a status of what happened to the late YB Karpal Singh.
2. Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the family of the late YB Karpal Singh and everyone, who I have offended due to a needless and careless posting. Although I have few people or admin to update my status on Facebook, I take full responsibility on what have happened.
3. I have indeed immediately deleted the posting from my private Facebook wall, after more than an hour, when I realised that the status was strongly objected and condemned by Facebook communities.
I picked up three things from his sincere apology:
1. He does not know how to use Facebook.
2. When trying to take personal responsibility, you must make mention of who you actually want to blame (other than yourself)
3. His Facebook logic is – if the status update was not strongly objected and condemned by Facebook communities, he would not have immediately deleted the posting.