PETALING JAYA: A French reporter's question which stumped Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein during Tuesday's press conference on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has drawn the ire of netizens.
The journalist, Carrie Nooten, had asked Hishammuddin, "Can you confirm that you are PM Najib's cousin? Are you protected?"
Her question immediately drew responses on Twitter.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin got the ball rolling when he tweeted, "Poor French reporter thought she was on to a global media exposé with the cousin question. Kesian (Pity),"
@th1eves parodied the question by tweeting, "Reporter: Are you related to the Prime Minister? Me: Oh man you got me! That's your headline right there!"
The parodies continued when @nichocehong who tweeted, "Tomorrow, French journalists will question Anifah Aman. 'Are you related in anyway to Bukit?'"
@shafiquedanial then enquired about the point of the journalist's question when he tweeted, "Apa kena mengena dengan the missing plane pun tak tahu laah," (What has it got to do with missing plane? I've no idea)
@AzfarRidhwan criticised the reporter by tweeting that the answer is available on Google. "She's not just lazy by not doing her homework but she was foolish to think that the question was relevant," he said.
"If Google doesn't work, you can always use Wikipedia," tweeted @CamilleStorm who also said, "she just wasted her question!"
Some like @stephstamaria however, felt a little sorry for the reporter. "Going by social media alone, it seems like the biggest excitement of the day was the French reporter's question. Almost feel sorry for her," she tweeted.