Azmin Ali, his illegible charts become unlikely stars of Malaysia’s first parliament sitting

Meme of Azmin Ali while he was presenting in Parliament on July 26, 2021. Photo: @Amnaski/Twitter
Meme of Azmin Ali while he was presenting in Parliament on July 26, 2021. Photo: @Amnaski/Twitter

Azmin Ali is the star of Malaysia’s latest memes inspired by yesterday’s hectic first day of parliamentary sittings, and it’s all thanks to his charts. 

Yup, the Gombak Member of Parliament, who is also the International Trade and Industry Minister, printed out charts for his parliamentary debate yesterday but with the fonts too small for anybody to read from across the hall, Azmin ended up getting ridiculed for it. Screenshots of Azmin and his illegible charts became the backdrop for hilarious memes. He could have written “Free Britney” on there and nobody could tell, right?

Screenshot of Azmin Ali meme. Photo: @Amnaski/Twitter
Screenshot of Azmin Ali meme. Photo: @Amnaski/Twitter

Azmin took out his charts multiple times during yesterday’s live-streamed sitting, drawing responses from opposition members as well as others on social media. 

“Malaysia’s Parliament session is more addictive than any other reality TV show. 5 days of this?? I’m doomed. And, this has got to be 1 of my fav moments of the day,” said a viewer referring to the moment when Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo called Azmin out for presenting charts that were difficult to read, holding up a book towards Azmin to prove his point.

Remember when Azmin was involved in an alleged sex tape that was so blurry facial recognition failed to identify the individuals filmed? Some MPs alluded to that episode when calling his Parliament presentation “blurry.”

“It’s blurry. It’s blurry, speaker, like the video, blurry,” a voice could be heard in the livestream. Rasah MP Cha Kee Chin joked about having to call in forensics.

Creative Malaysians even edited photos of Azmin in Parliament by superimposing a video of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up music video to the part where the chart was shown. The “Free Britney” movement to liberate the pop star from her conservatorship also got a moment in Malaysian Parliament. 

Twitter user Haslinda Masud wondered why nobody helped to set up Azmin’s presentation.

“Powerpoint on laptop on projector screen… can be arranged right ahead of time…. hmmm wld think they hv assistants to do this ahead of parliament? *Face with rolling eyes*,” she said. 

Some also said that Malaysia’s Parliament sittings might even be worth a Netflix series. 

Netflix should get rights to air this,” Twitter user Najib Ismail said, while another added: “In US we have The Office, in Malaysia we have The Parliament.”

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