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Chinese stars lash out at Malaysia on social media

BEIJING — Chinese celebrities, including award-winning actress Zhang Ziyi, have taken to social media to express their anger against what they see as Malaysian incompetence in finding the missing MH370 plane, the China Daily reported.

Chinese stars lash out at Malaysia on social media

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi. Photo: AP

BEIJING — Chinese celebrities, including award-winning actress Zhang Ziyi, have taken to social media to express their anger against what they see as Malaysian incompetence in finding the missing MH370 plane, the China Daily reported.

Ms Zhang is among big-name Chinese entertainment stars such as singer-actor Chen Kun who have in the past few days posted angry comments on Sina Weibo, China’s popular Twitter-like micro-blogging service, accusing Malaysia of mishandling the crisis.

“Malaysian government, you are wrong not to revere life. You are wrong not to respect the universal quest for truth,” the actress, who is known for her starring roles in Hollywood hits such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, wrote on her Weibo.

Her boyfriend, musician Wang Feng forwarded the post to his followers in a show of support for her outrage towards the Malaysian government.

The Chinese government has piled on pressure on Malaysia in recent weeks amid frustration from the families who staged a protest near the Malaysian Embassy on Tuesday. Among the flight’s 227 passengers, 153 were Chinese nationals.

Meanwhile, Chen Kun, who has 72 million Weibo followers, vowed a boycott of all commercial products and tourism related to Malaysia. “Not just for the brief moment when the missing plane is in the heat of attention, but indefinitely,” he posted. In less than a day, his posting was shared more than 70,000 times.

The postings reflected much of the emotional reaction online, where some have called for a boycott of Malaysian artistes such as Fish Leong, Lee Sinje and Ah Niu.

However, not all Chinese Internet users agreed with the Malaysia backlash. One Weibo user retorted: “Malaysia is nice — I stayed there for a week in 2007 and had a pleasant memory of the place.

“To boycott the airline because of the incident is like to stop eating after choking on food.” Agencies

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