Social media abuzz after queen deactivates Instagram account

The hashtag #DengkiKe is now trending on Twitter referring to remarks allegedly made by the queen.

Social media users in Malaysia are abuzz after Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah deactivated her Instagram account.

As of writing, the hashtag #DengkiKe is the top trending hashtag on Twitter in Malaysia, with 11.2k tweets as of 10.15pm yesterday (April 18).

The hashtag refers to the comment the queen left on her Instagram account, supposedly shortly before her account under the handle @airtangan_tunkuazizah was deactivated.

In a widely shared screenshot of the comment, the queen posted about spending an afternoon in the kitchen with the palace cooks.

A netizen asked if the palace cooks had been vaccinated, to which she supposedly replied: “Dengki ke? (Are you jealous?).”

Responding to the screenshot, some netizens criticised the comment allegedly left by the queen.

Others made jokes about spending time in prison for sedition over their comments on the issue.

Since this evening, her Instagram account shows the error message “Sorry, this page isn’t available. The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed” when accessed.

The incident came following Asia Sentinel’s report claiming that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had obtained over 2,000 doses of Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine from a United Arab Emirates prince, known as Prince “Mohamed Nayan”, for his friends and family.

The National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency has not approved the Sinopharm vaccine for use in Malaysia.

Health Minister Dr Adham Baba has rubbished the report as baseless and accused Asia Sentinel of trying to create a negative perception of Malaysia.


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