BN needs a platform to connect & spread accurate information, says PM
Even as Malaysia moves into the first week of the new year 2018, the 14th General Elections is rolling out action already.
On Wednesday, Malaysia’s Barisan Nasional (BN) ruling coalition launched a web portal to combat fake news on social media, ahead of the country’s most important election.
It will also be used to connect with the voters and draw them towards BN.
Called the ‘therakyat.com,’ – (rakyat meaning people in Malay) – the portal was launched by Prime Minister Najib Razak and other BN leaders in Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday.
Datuk Seri Najib said at the launch that social media had become the primary source of information among the people.
“In the 13th general election, we became the victim of fake news, although the term was not popular back then,” he said. “The reality is, fake news has become the Opposition’s weapon and has brought consequences to us,” Mr Najib, who is also Barisan chairman, said in his speech.
He told the gathering at the launch that he believed the same thing will happen during the 14th general election.
“That is why we need a platform that can be used to connect, and to spread accurate and quick information to the people. In other words, every information in the portal must be authoritative,” he added.
The portal will feature information on Barisan’s candidates in the upcoming polls. It contains several interactive segments and will also feature one-on-one interviews with Barisan leaders in a programme called Bicara 4 Mata which will air on national TV every alternate Wednesday.