Dr Amalina, #2019nCoV, K-pop top Twitter trend

Twitter users are not sure how to react when academics are put together with influencers, saying that they should not be in the same category


THE nation’s record-holder for most 1As in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia 2004 and Imperial College London general surgeon Dr Nur Amalina Che Bakri made her way up on Twitter trends in Malaysia yesterday.

Appearing in about 54,500 tweets, she was listed as one of the top 20 social media influencers for Anugerah Meletop Era 2020, alongside personalities such as Malaysia’s first astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Al Masrie Sheikh Mustapha, Cupcake Aisyah, Luqman Podolski and Muhammad Luthfi Rohime, or better known as Mat Luthfi.

Locals who caught wind of this were not sure how to react when academics were put together with influencers.

“To put academic public figures such as Dr Amalina and Dr Sheikh Muszaphar in the same category as social media influencers is trying to drag down the formers’ credibility and dignity of knowledge,” Twitter user @jaykayjaykay97 said.

User @hafizulhadi3 commented that the two doctorate holders should not be included in the list as they are overqualified.

“Dr Sheikh Muszaphar and Dr Amalina shouldn’t be on this list. Their levels are too high,” he tweeted.

Another user @RXJANURAISYAH seemed to share similar thoughts on the ranking, noting that only three out of the list are eligible.

“To me, if we want everyone on this list to be equal to Dr Amalina, it should only include Dr Sheikh Muszaphar and Mat Luthfi. They should not even be categorised with the rest in the first place, considering they are of another standing. They deserve more than this,” she said.

Dr Amalina is quite vocal on her social media accounts, especially on her Twitter account @Dr Amalina Bakri, where she shares her thoughts on all things medicalrelated, whether it is the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, smoking cessation programme and occasionally, pictures of herself.

Having been active on Twitter since 2016, Dr Amalina made headlines last year when she helped pave the way for 9-month-old Ainul Mardhiah Ahmad Safiuddin’s tumour-removal operation in the UK.

She also lashed out, like many other Malaysians, against celebrity entrepreneur Neelofa for promoting her brand of banana milk which she claimed had many health benefits that could cure various ailments.

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar on the other hand, is mostly found on Instagram, often sharing pictures of his children and their progress in school and parenting advice.

Known for his sketches, writing and his talk-show programme MatLuthfi@AstroAWANI, Mat Luthfi’s prominent social media account is on Youtube, having worked with Touch ‘n Go Sdn Bhd on their advertisements, namely #BakalMertuakuGangster and #RayaPalingTouching.

Although the entire world is talking about coronavirus, in Malaysia, it only came in third following all things K-pop, highly revolving around the boy band Bangtan Boys, or better known as BTS.

According to Twitter, the trends in Malaysia as of 4.30pm on Wednesday were #BTSxCorden, #BlackSwanLive and #BTSxJamesCorden topping the list, while #2019nCoV was trending in Malaysia under the “Worldwide” trend label.

The trends each comprise of 2.76 million tweets, followed by 897,000 tweets and 211,000 tweets respectively.

The top three tags were in relation to the seven-member South Korean group’s performance of their song “Black Swan” on the “Late Late Show with James Corden”, a late night talk-show where Corden engages in comedic conversations with famous guests, often followed by either comedy sketches or musical performances.

Following these three trends was #DoYourThangBTS, also in relation to the group’s appearance on the talk show and placing fifth is Haechan, a South Korean singer who is the main vocalist of NCT 127 and NCT Dream.

Meanwhile, #2019nCoV comprises news surrounding the outbreak and the Federal Territories’ Department of Information’s Twitter account with its information dissemination to various areas in the state.

Further on the outbreak, certain news outlets have also reported that fake news are making its round by careless individuals, such as a casualty that was supposedly reported to be a coronavirus case in Bentong and infections in various other states in Malaysia.

Some of these individuals have since been caught for their irresponsible acts.