They probably saw this coming. A twitter hashtag recently surfaced and starting gaining momentum on social media for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak – #RespectMyPM has been backfired.
The campaign – dubbed “#RespectMyPM” – comes with posters telling supporters to stand in solidarity with Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is facing continuous attacks from his detractors.
Now this hashtag is being used to criticize the politician who is widely suspected of corruption on how as much as s $1 billion (paywall) may have wound up in his bank accounts.
Some of us Malaysian Twitter uses have made a play on the word ”respect”, replacing it with in their mind more appropriate words for the prime minister.
— OMG Malaysia (@omgmalaysia) March 7, 2016
— Umapagan (@umapagan) March 7, 2016
— MyPM (@terencekumar) March 6, 2016
— GERAZWAN (@AzwanAziz11) March 7, 2016
— Yong Yek Ming (@shiokguy) March 7, 2016
Respect is EARNED,
Not paid, not forced and DEFINITELY NOT FROM A HASHTAG.
this is the funniest hashtag I ever seen #RespectMyPM
— Lynnette Tay (@LynnetteTayWL) March 7, 2016
I will #RespectMyPM if he decided to resign.
— Syahmi Asmari (@shamiebledsoe) March 7, 2016
What say you
— Merong Mahawangsa (@erepit) March 4, 2016
#RespectMyPM cos he had billions in his private account, which we were unaware of before it was exposed by foreign media.
— shaike (@shaike49) March 6, 2016
— Mahathir Mohamad (@Suara_generasi) March 7, 2016
Dia pandai cari donation!
No one one could top him yet.
— MangroveMomma (@VersedAnggerik) March 6, 2016
Last month, the Malaysian Police patrolled Twitter for drawings of the prime minister as clown, after one artist’s drawing along that theme drew a warning from authorities.