Siti Nurhaliza criticised for saying she's getting 'free pahala’ after SOP controversy

Tan Mei Zi
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Siti’s words struck the wrong note with social media users. — Picture via Instagram/ctdk
Siti’s words struck the wrong note with social media users. — Picture via Instagram/ctdk

PETALING JAYA, May 5 — Malaysian pop diva Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin has stoked further fury online by saying she's been blessed with “free pahala" (religious rewards) after her recent standard operating procedure (SOP) controversy.

In an Instagram Story yesterday, the Bukan Cinta Biasa singer wrote that there was a bright side to the challenges she's had to face, seemingly referring to the public anger over her son’s tahnik ceremony last Thursday.

“Alhamdulillah, I should be having fun.

"The ustaz told me (I can) collect a lot of pahala from the last 10 nights because of the challenges I've faced.

“The ustaz is right. I can get free pahala many times over from this,” said Siti.

The Instagram Story has only served as further fuel for the anger of social media users. — Screengrab via Instagram/ctdk
The Instagram Story has only served as further fuel for the anger of social media users. — Screengrab via Instagram/ctdk

Many Malaysians expressed disappointment and anger on social media over Siti’s statement and took it as a sign that she had not learned any lessons from the incident.

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Meanhile, a few fans praised Siti for taking the controversy into her stride and having an optimistic outlook.

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Siti came under scrutiny this week after she shared photos of her son’s tahnik ceremony on Instagram and tagged several of the guests in attendance.

Some of the guests were suspected of making cross-border trips to attend the event which was held at Siti and her husband Datuk Seri Khalid Mohamad Jiwa’s home in Ampang.

She later issued a media statement claiming that no interstate travel was conducted and that a guest who lives in Terengganu just happened to be in Kuala Lumpur on the day of the event.

Police then opened up an investigation into the tahnik ceremony on Monday after receiving reports that it had violated Covid-19 SOPs.

Following the backlash, Siti tweaked the settings on her Instagram profile so only her followers can leave comments while the comment sections on her more recent posts have been turned off completely.

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