“Sexist”, “disgusting”, and “predator” are among the many names an International Medical University student, Kiren Raj, been labelled after his insensitive Facebook comment regarding the death of a Malaysian singer and actress Emily Kong. He posted the insensitive comment on March 9, 2019.
The incident was initiated when the The Star official Facebook page uploaded a post to invite condolences from Kong’s fans and concerned netizens. However, Kiren Raj decided to leave a bizarre comment instead. Nevertheless, Kiren’s comment has since been deleted after it sparked an outrage from the netizens.
As an aftermath, a petition to prevent Kiren Raj from graduating from IMU and becoming a doctor has been started by Evan Han Sen since March 10. The petition has gained more than 50,000 signatures as of today.
Reasons to sign the petition was listed by the enraged netizens, they are potential harassment on future female patients, danger to the public, and disgrace to Malaysia healthcare industry.
In just a few days, netizens have successfully painted him as “the villain of internet”.
Adding fuel to the fire, Kiren bragged about sleeping with numerous Chinese women and insulted Chinese men.
In response to this, Gerakan Youth filed a police complaint on March 11 and is now hoping for stern legal action from the authorities.
Yesterday, a new petition was started, urging the police to arrest Keran Raj due to his “hate speech”, “racist” and “sexist remarks”.
The controversial issue has since caught the attention of deputy vice-chancellor of IMU Peter Pook, who immediately ordered Kiren Raj to delete/withdraw his comment.
In his ostensible apology post, Kiren Raj added that his comment was about people being in open relationships and he has “forgiven” the people who spread his comment plus the hates he received.
On the other hand, IMU has apologized to the people affected by the comment and firmly stated that the institution does not condone such behaviour.
An update from MalayMail reported that IMU is now carrying a disciplinary hearing to investigate the student in question.
Will the voices of the public in the form of petitions influence IMU in deciding the appropriate punishment for Kiren Raj? Or will he walk free without any charges and become a doctor in the future?