I sing 'live' on TikTok also an issue – Sanusi

28 Dec 2023 09:30am

ALOR SETAR - Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor claims that there are parties who are not happy when he gets 'popular' on social media, especially TikTok.

He said that his actions to reach various levels of society through TikTok recently were not an offence as long as it does not violate the law or religion.

He said taking advantage of every space, especially social media, was not wrong because it has a great influence.

"I sing 'live' early in the morning on TikTok also became an issue.

"It's a trivial matter when compared to the Ashabul Kahfi (al-Kahfi youth) issue that is linked to the Prime Minister," he said when contacted here on Wednesday.

The Perikatan Nasional (PN) elections director-general described pro-unity government netizens as deliberately creating trivial issues related to themselves to cover up bigger issues.

"Political enemies took the opportunity to edit certain parts of the video and spread it by putting hot captions such as having fun until the morning, karaoke with people's wives, religious training for Pas tahajud cinta, many more... I read all the comments.

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"I just accept their point of view because it was made an issue to cover the Ashabul Kahfi issue, that's their goal," he said.

He said there several parties who were angry when he succeeded in penetrating a market as big as TikTok which has a large following.

"If there is no effect, they will not care, the 'live' market has millions of followers.

"There is no party, there is no leader. Whoever dares to enter the 'world' will have results, if there are others who can penetrate, please," he said.

Sanusi said that the owner of the TikTok account, who is a woman, had been running the segment for a long time and he was invited as a guest at the time.

"Nobody does 'live' to attract followers or listeners in the morning or afternoon, it is usually late at night.

"I sing alone, not a duet with her. I think men singing is not illegal.

"Even throughout the session, I was accompanied by my wife and eldest son, (they were) behind the scenes," he said.

He added that as an election director, various approaches were used to gain as much influence and support as possible to win the election.

"As long as it's not illegal I will do it. If we have a big influence, it's easier to get followers anywhere.

"So use whatever medium is available, don't underutilise it," he said.

Sanusi also advised religious preachers to continue to approach the community, especially young people, to guide them.

"Ustazs, guide people to be closer to us, don't misunderstand each other and criticise each other.

"(Until) there is a group that will go to the ‘fun’ things on the other side," he said.

Recently, a celebrity preacher chided Sanusi through his official TikTok page by downloading a video.

Among the excerpts from the video, he advised Sanusi to stop his act of singing 'live' on TikTok, as it was considered unsuitable as the leader of an Islamic party in addition to his status as Kedah Menteri Besar.