Monday, 17 June 2013

Don’t fall for Opposition’s lies, students abroad urged

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reminded Malaysian students overseas not to fall for the Opposition’s lies to the extent of not supporting the Government.

The Prime Minister said the slander spread by the Opposition during the recent 13th general election (GE13), for instance, had resulted in the students getting the wrong perception of the Government.

“Until today, there is no proof of the Opposition’s claim that we had brought in 40,000 Bangladeshis (to vote for the Barisan Nasional). This is slander and a very big lie,” he said.

“That’s why I ask: Are people not able to think? It has turned out that some people cannot think wisely,” said Najib, questioning the people’s level of intelligence and rationality over such issues.

Najib was speaking at a luncheon with Malaysian students in Indonesia at the multipurpose hall in the Malaysian embassy at Kuningan, here, yesterday.

Also present were his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin Syed Hassan.

Najib is here on a personal visit to meet up with a number of Indonesian leaders close to him, and for a rest after GE13.

He urged the Malaysian students to think rationally – whether it was possible for Barisan to bring in 40,000 Bangladeshis to vote for the ruling coalition because it would require 100 jumbo planes to fly them to Malaysia and 1,000 buses to take them to polling stations.

He said the Opposition’s claim was absurd. “I, as the Barisan chairman, strongly refute that there was cheating by Barisan (in the GE13), as alleged. The general election was conducted in a fair manner and in accordance with the law and regulations.”

Najib said Barisan had carried out many transformations in terms of delivery over the last four years and had validly won the GE13, but it lost in the war of perception because of the slander and lies churned out by the Opposition through the alternative media, which many people believed in more than the truth provided by the mainstream media.

“For the next general election, Barisan must equip itself well to fight in the war of perception,” he said.

“In reality, we have delivered, as Malaysia is increasingly prosperous and a good example for many countries, but perceived otherwise by some quarters,” he lamented. “The war of perception is thus the biggest challenge for Barisan.”


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