JaPen removes comic on prudent spending during the pandemic after public backlash - SoyaCincau

The Department of Information (JaPen) came under fire for posting a comic depicting a couple complaining about life during lockdown and how their funds are running low.

17/10/2021 8:28:00 AM

The Department of Information (JaPen) came under fire for posting a comic depicting a couple complaining about life during lockdown and how their funds are running low.

The Department of Information (JaPen) came under fire for posting a comic depicting a couple complaining about life during lockdown and how their funds are running low.

The department said that the comic strip titled Utamakan keperluan, berbelanjalah mengikut kemampuan, was uploaded on October 12.“The primary objective was to disseminate information on the importance of prudent spending during theCOVID-19 pandemic

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.“Nevertheless, when the narrative created some misinterpretation, we removed it to avoid further confusion,” JaPen said in an emailed response to Malay Mail today.“The Department would like to reinforce that there was no malice intended when the posting was made,” it added.

Prior to the removal, the Johor chapter of JaPen came under fire from social media users for the now-deleted cartoon uploaded to its Twitter account.The comic consisted of two panels, the first depicting a couple complaining about life in lockdown and how their funds are running low. headtopics.com

The second panel shows the same couple arriving in Langkawi for a shopping trip.Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman was among those who questioned the appropriateness of the posting at a time when many Malaysians are still struggling with the effects of the months-long COVID-19 lockdown.

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