‘Don’t trust all you see on social media’
NEW YORK: Malaysian students abroad should not readily accept all things reported about Malaysia, especially those posted on social media, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said among the things frequently raised were the GST (goods and services tax), the price of petrol and the presence of Bangladesh nationals in Malaysia.
“Society should not believe what is being circulated in the social media as the gospel truth,” he said at a gathering with Malaysian students here on Saturday in conjunction with his working visit to New York.
The event was attended by about 65 university students residing in the eastern part of the United States.
Ahmad Zahid said it was not wrong to have differing opinions, but that the stand of the other parties must also be respected.
He reminded the students that it was also their responsibility to uphold the good name and image of the country.
“If he or she does something negative that could damage the country’s image, the people do not say that he or she is from Penang or Gombak, for example, but from Malaysia,” he said.
He also called on the students to mingle with the local community and to stay away from criminal activities.
Ahmad Zahid is in New York to lead the Malaysian delegation at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly. – Bernama
Ahmad Zahid and his wife Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis exchange pleasantries with Malaysian students in New York.