Farmer Lee Tin Choy, who was arrested on Monday for sharing a Facebook video that insulted Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon over his “deity” remark, has addressed the incident which garnered much attention in the Chinese community.
In a statement uploaded on Facebook today, the 48-year-old questioned whether a particular “minister” was unable to take the heat.
“Can’t a minister withstand the pressure? As a public figure, you should accept that you will be criticised,” he said, without naming the person he was referring to.
Earlier today, Lee also held a press conference in his hometown of Taiping to address the matter.
The expletive-filled video had attacked Chong for saying Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was unable to “fight the heavens despite being a deity” amid the devastating Penang floods on Nov 5.
Chong, who made the comment during the MCA annual general assembly, had apologised shortly after.
“You said the heavens are watching, I would say the voters are watching your actions,” said Lee.
He was arrested in Taiping on Nov 13 for sharing the video and brought to the Kuantan district police headquarters, from which he was released three days later.
Lee said he had not given much thought as to whether the video was right or wrong when he shared it.
However, he said what was expressed in the video reflected what people were saying about the issue.
He also questioned the reaction he had sparked by simply sharing a video.
“A friend from Taiwan who heard about what happened to me joked that they can criticise their president every day but Malaysia is becoming like North Korea,” he said.