KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 ― The lies spread by the opposition party on social media is one of the biggest challenges UMNO will be facing in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said the Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
People, especially the young voters, would believe in lies spread via the social media and they might have a negative perception of the government indeed, said Salleh at the opening of the Media Information Convention 2016 at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), today.
Therefore, he suggests that Umno party and its machinery should counter the lies with clear arguments and facts. The Umno information machinery should not just keep quiet upon lies thrown at Umno.
“The problem is, we are the ones spreading the lies. This I see myself on Whatsapp. They share lies which they get from the ‘group next door’
However, instead of blocking websites or social media, Sallah said, the right way is to counterattack lies via arguments and facts.
“Some urge me to block certain websites. Action will be taken if they are in the wrong. But rightly, we should fight with arguments and facts if we know they are wrong,”