Nik Nazmi’s engagement rate on Twitter declines after defending Nurul Izzah “crybaby” attack

During GE-14, PKR’s Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad secured the Setiawangsa parliamentary seat with a majority win with over 14,000 votes. His victory marked the first loss for Barisan Nasional (BN) in Setiawangsa.


In this article, we will be looking into Nik Nazmi’s Twitter activity for the year 2019.



According to data, the Setiawangsa MP has an active presence on the social media platform despite having an irregular tweeting trend.


A high number of tweets were recorded in January, March and May, over 150 tweets were made in each month.


It is noticeable that Nik Nazmi became less active on Twitter towards the second half of the year.


Unfortunately, he divorced his spouse of 14 years, Dr Imaan Abdul Rahim in early July. Nevertheless, his Twitter activity was not affected by his divorce as the number of tweets made in the following months remained consistent.



However, he has been losing engagement on the social media platform since May, dropping from about 3,000 retweets and mentions in April to less than 2,000 feedback in May.


According to media intelligence, the PKR lawmaker reached his peak in March with over 6,600 feedback. He received high number of retweets and mentions for defending Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.


In March, Nurul Izzah was in the media spotlight for saying that she was “broken-hearted” for having to work with “former dictator” Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.


She added that this will be her final term as MP due to her dissatisfaction towards the performance of Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.


Her comments are believed to have ticked off a Tweet war after PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali tweeted, “Malaysia needed doers who were prepared to tough it out all the way and not cry-babies”.



In Nik Nazmi’s tweet, he made an obvious direct response to Azmin, saying that it was a cheap move to label Nurul Izzah as “cry baby” for making a stand.


But after the tweet war, Nik Nazmi no longer attracted high number of feedbacks despite being consistent in tweeting.