Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reminded voters to be wary of fake and defamatory news they may read during the election period.
In a blog post on Wednesday (April 25) entitled “Politics of the Opposition’s slander”, the Barisan Nasional chairman called out the Opposition for allegedly spreading fake news, which he said can potentially destroy the country’s peace and harmony.
He also raised instances of fakes news at the last general election such as that of the 40,000 phantom voters from Bangladesh and blackouts at a polling centre.
He said: “I believe many remember these things, what’s even more saddening is that I note that many to this day still believe this even though there is proof to show the opposite and many Opposition leaders themselves acknowledge that it didn’t happen.”
Najib said that even Lembaga Tabung Haji was affected by fake news with claims that the pilgrimage fund had made losses and was unable to repay its depositors.
On Tuesday, Najib took to Twitter to debunk a social media message that claimed that 15 million prosthetic fingers that had arrived from China to be used on polling day.
Ini bukan kali pertama saya post perkara ini, tapi di musim pilihan raya ini semakin teruk fitnah-fitnah dilontarkan pembangkang, bagaikan #TsunamiPHitnah. Jadi saya ingin ingatkan sekali lagi, usahlah kita jadi tali barut dan kuda tunggangan golongan tak bertanggungjawab ini. pic.twitter.com/dhUg9eB12J
— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) April 24, 2018
The message, which came with an image of plastic finger tips, added that the prosthetic would allow unknown parties to vote numerous times by protecting their fingers from being stained by ink.