After the video of Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s nine-year-old granddaughter, Sofee, went viral on Instagram, she has been facing backlash from netizens.
The 28-second clip that was uploaded by her mother Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, in the video Sofee can be seen telling her grandfather’s opponents,
“You can lock my grandpa up, but not his soul and his fighting spirit. We are his family and we will never stop praying for him.
“I will make your life un-peaceful. I will make you regret your life. Remember, I am only nine years old and I am my country’s future.”
The video has reportedly received criticism from netizens since it was posted on Friday, October 19.
After seeing the harsh response directed towards Sofee, Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Hannah Yeoh has come to the nine-year-old’s defence.
Source: Malay Mail
Hannah wrote in a Twitter post,
“I ask that we stop sharing the child’s video. She is too young to understand what is going on and it is normal for kids to be attached to grandparents.
“Adults should know better and not manipulate her emotions. The child is innocent.”
Echoing Hannah’s sentiments, Nurul Izzah said that,
“We each have to do our bit to reject bullying in any form whatsoever.”
Source: Borneo Post
The Permatang Pauh MP continued,
“Leave the child alone. Best to keep your nasties to yourself.
Child rights activist Dr. Hartini has also called out the young girl’s critics, saying,
“You can’t have it both ways – be outraged when cyberbullying happens to one child and say it’s okay to do so because you don’t like her family’s politics! Lay off her! You have no right!”
If you haven’t watched the Instagram video, you can watch it here to be in the loop.
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