Zarina Anjoulie & Syed Saddiq Called Out Ungrateful M’sian Celebs, ‘’Have Some Empathy’’
For the past few days, it has been hotly debated on social media when some artists such as Black Hanifah, Tomok, Shuib Sepahtu—even Vivy Yusof and Aleeya Zailan, suggested that the government should also provide special assistance to ‘’celebrities’’ who were affected by the source of income following the Movement Control (MCO) order.
However, the netizens disagree with their views and feel that the government should prioritize the people who need it most at a critical time due to the COVID-19 outbreak—especially small traders who rely on daily pay.
Since then, netizens on Twitter started waging war towards them by calling out their lavish lifestyle—highlighting the attitude of a few artists who love displaying luxury, vacationing overseas every year, living life full of sponsorships but in the end, they have no future plans. Even our former Youth and Sports Minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman subtly shaded them on Twitter:
Memang BETUL kita perlu bantu SMEs & syarikat untuk pastikan mereka hidup, supaya pekerja tidak dibuang.
Tetapi ini bukan lesen percuma bagi majikan & T20 untuk mempertikaikan bantuan yang disampaikan kepada golongan yang lebih memerlukan.
Have empathy. Help them, help us.
— Syed Saddiq (@SyedSaddiq) March 29, 2020
I'm a SME business owner. Worst case scenario : in 6 months I lose my business, downgrade my house and car. B40 worst case scenario? It's happening TODAY. No food to eat, babies don't have milk. Kids are hungry. A little perspective helps.
— Harith Iskander (@HarithIskander) March 29, 2020
Dear artis malaysia, look at them, look at their hard work, their sacrifices. Yet you people had the audacity to say “kerajaan patut bagi bantuan khusus untuk pengiat seni” Let me ask you lah, what do you do during this epidemic? Did you left your family to serve the nation? No? https://t.co/3DkRxJUUiC
— عين اشيقين (@_aasyiqin) March 28, 2020
But it didn’t stop there. On Saturday, local celebrity Zarina Anjoulie Lovoucah took to her Instagram to admonish Malaysian artists to be more careful when shopping while they were in luxury. Without mentioning any names, Zarina said these artists had previously earned thousands of dollars and posted a lavish lifestyle on social media so she has no sympathy for these so-called ‘’celebrities’’.
Harsh choice of words, but according to Zarina this is the life some artists choose, and their lavish lifestyles are coming back to haunt them. See video below:
“This isn’t the first time, they are all about propaganda. They say things like ‘see my level and how I travel’, now they [artists] are applying for BR1M,” – Zarina Anjoulie
Although no celebrity was named, Zarina did point out that these artists are setting a bad example to others. “Stop planting the seed in peoples’ heads that there’s a certain level that people must live by,” she said.
“It looks like luxury, but (in reality) you guys have nothing!” – Zarina Anjoulie
“When they (celebrities) spend and live like that, society wants to do the same. They don’t know these celebs don’t have money themselves. That’s when people get into unnecessary debts,” added Zarina.
Citing examples to the everyday Malaysian who works in Tesco, and drives Grab at night to make ends meet, saying these are the vulnerable people who deserve help. “You chose that (expensive) lifestyle, and now let’s just help those who are really in need.” Emphasizing that these artists dug their own graves, she urged that help be given to those who really need it. Thanks, Zarina!