De facto Religious Affairs Minister Idris Ahmad wasted no time in dismissing claims by lawyer Siti Kassim that he was wearing a fancy Rolex watch.
Instead, the PAS vice-president said the gold watch seen on his wrist was bought from a local online marketplace, Buruj, that specialised in models designed to help determine Muslim prayer times and direction of the Kaabah.
"For (your) information, I have been wearing this Buruj watch for a long time; it's easy for me to tell prayer times and direction of the kiblat.
"I can pray anywhere. Even in this new office I can pray because it's easy to find the direction," Idris tweeted.
He was responding to Siti's tweet that mocked his appointment, describing him as a man who "goes around praying on the floor of an office wherever he goes" and only wears a Jawi name tag.
"But check out his Rolex gold watch," said Siti, according to a screenshot from her Twitter account.
In another tweet this afternoon, the lawyer responded to Idris' clarification with an apology.
"I am sorry Ustaz because I was wrong," she said.
Her comment was made in relation to a photograph of Idris seen sitting in an after-prayer position on the floor of his office, with his hands raised to expose the gold watch.
The Bukit Gantang MP was recently appointed as the religious affairs minister under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's administration.