Friday, August 19, 2022

PM: Narratives no longer dictated by Government

Secara Rawak

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak said, gone are the days when the narratives of our society was dictated by the Government.”

“With the advancement of the internet and social media, the world is now almost borderless. The internet has transformed the way we transfer and receive information. Everything moves at a faster pace, information is exchanged and conveyed in almost real time; and the Government is expected to do the same,” he said in his his latest posting in  his blog, today.

Unfortunately, the Prime Minister said sometimes, technology is abused to incite racism or religious intolerance instead.

“Keyboard warriors, cyber troopers and even news portals have made the online world their “playground”, constructing their own version of “reality” with click bait headlines that serve their own agendas. This is an unhealthy practice of journalism.”

Najib’s statement came a day after the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) blocked Malaysian Insider.

Prime Minister in his latest post said that the internet is a shared property owned collectively by all global citizens. “As such, we have the responsibility not to misuse it,” he said.

“The battle of perception will be a continuous one. The internet is an open space for the voices of the people. But it is up to us to stay true to the path of moderation and not fall prey to misconstrued agenda by irresponsible users.”

Najib also urged Internet users to  be responsible and able to differentiate truths, half-truths, lies and opinion before forming their own judgment.

“We must be more cautious when sharing information on social media. We must continue to use the internet and social media as a platform to promote unity and prevent it from being hijacked,” he said.

According to Najib, the Internet is a powerful tool that can both shape and dismantle a society. It is also a great space for discourse to take place.

“I urge all Malaysians to continue to stand together and use the internet for the greater good. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that our unity and harmony is preserved. After all, we are 1Malaysia,” Najib said. – SARAWAKVOICE.COM

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