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PM flooded with 'quit' calls after DPM ouster
Published:  Jul 29, 2015 10:11 AM
Updated: 8:06 AM

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's Facebook page has been flooded with a torrent of "#najibletakjawatan" messages since yesterday, after he announced the removal of his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin.

Similar comments became commonplace on Najib's Facebook page after his falling out with former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad - but it picked up markedly yesterday.

In Najib's posting about his new cabinet, the comment section was flooded in almost the entirety with the same message: #najibletakjawatan.

Facebook user Fahmi Jamal remarked: "Only here you will see more comments than likes… plus, most comments full of same hashtags".

As of this morning, there were a total of 34,952 comments, most of which carried the #najibletakjawatan hashtag. The post also garnered 16,926 likes.

Some of Najib's supporters sought to counter the torrent of spam with "#WeSupportYouNajibRazak" hastag but are quickly drowned out.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin's swan song message on his Facebook page had reached 183,197 likes by this morning with 12,655 comments, most of which were aimed at consoling the out-going deputy prime minister and giving words of support.

Najib yesterday indicated that Muhyiddin was dropped from the cabinet for his public criticism of the prime minister's handling of 1MDB.

Later this evening, the administrator of Najib's Facebook page deleted the posts and re-posted the same statement in an apparent bid to clear the torrent of spam.

However, within 10 minutes of the new post, more than 500 comments, mostly spam such as #Najibsyoksendiri and #Bubarparlimen, continued to flood the prime minister's Facebook page.

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