KUALA LUMPUR – A Facebook live interview with former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that was meant to share his views on the country’s current issues turned into the joke of the day, all due the host’s choice of questions.
The highly anticipated live interview with Fathia Latiff as the host had attracted about 80,000 viewers.
According to Fathia, all those who followed the interview were mostly members of the public who wanted to hear Mahathir’s views on international reports regarding 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd).
Ten minutes into the interview, the actress had managed to upset viewers when she asked Mahathir if he had a role in determining the design of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) and if the tower was built out of his intentions to compete with other countries.
This was followed Fathia asking the fierce critic of 1MDB his means of obtaining information pertaining 1MDB to enable him to openly criticise a government initiative.
Barely 14 minutes into the interview, Fathia then left viewers stunned when she interrupted Mahathir to ask for an explanation of the term ‘whistleblower’.
“Can you explain what a whistleblower is? I’m sorry I don’t understand,” she said, while Mahathir was elaborating on a question that she had posed earlier regarding the 1MDB issue.
For a leader who had led the country for 22 years, the 92-year-old was accommodating enough to offer a detailed explanation (of whistleblower) to Fathia, who is a Universiti Teknologi Mara (UITM) law graduate.
Due to the interruption, the 1MDB-related question was not answered in full by Mahathir.
Social media critics were also upset when Fathia said she did not see the impact of the 6 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) and that she did not understand why Mahathir had been relentlessly advising the people to fight for and protect the country. Responding to Fathia’s reaction over GST, a social media user said, “GST does not affect Fathia? Wow because you are an artiste.”
Another social media user said, “Fathia does not feel affected by GST because she is well to do,” while another said, “You’re an artiste, what do you know?”
Social media users also criticised Fathia, stating that has no right to speak on behalf of the people as she did not understand the trials and tribulations of the regular folks because of her privileged background and that she is also not sensitive towards her surroundings.
The 46-minute live interview had many viewers fuming, commenting that Fathia is in no position to interview the former premier given her shallow knowledge of the country’s current issues.
Mahathir who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) chairman has been attracting thousands of viewers to his live social media streaming on current issues.