Na­jib: Vi­tal to check truth of on­line info

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak stressed the im­por­tance of check­ing the authenticity of in­for­ma­tion ob­tained from so­cial me­dia, in a newly re­leased book co-au­thored by him.

Na­jib, in the pocket book Wasatiyyah & Me­dia Sosial writ­ten to­gether with his re­li­gious ad­vi­sor, Tan Sri Dr Ab­dul­lah Muham­mad Zin, said the gov­ern­ment had never prac­tised fact or data ma­nip­u­la­tion to con­fuse the pub­lic.

How­ever, he said, cer­tain quar­ters chose to re­gard any ar­gu­ments given by the gov­ern­ment as mere pro­pa­ganda and ma­nip­u­la­tion for per­sonal gain.

“Truth, as well as rights, is al­ways our pri­or­ity and there was never any at­tempt by us to ma­nip­u­late facts for the in­ter­est of my­self or any groups.

“We leave it to the rakyat to de­cide, and if they are smart, they can prac­tise fact- check­ing in mea­sur­ing the truth.

“In­syaAl­lah, the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple will sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s de­vel­op­ment agenda. It needs to be re­alised that post-truth pol­i­tics is not our way,” he said in the book.

The 47-page book and an ex­hi­bi­tion on car­toons and comics on strug­gles and mod­er­a­tion (Wasatiyyah) were launched by Na­jib on the side­lines of the Umno gen­eral assem­bly at the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

Also present were Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Ba­harom and Malaysian In­sti­tute of Trans­la­tion and Books chair­man Budi­man Mohd Zo­hdi. – by Amar Shah Mohsen

AMIRUL SYAFIQ/THE SUN

Na­jib au­to­graphs a car­i­ca­ture of him and his wife Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor at the In­sti­tute Wasatiyyah ex­hi­bi­tion dur­ing the Umno gen­eral assem­bly at the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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