KINABATANGAN, July 31 (Bernama) — Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has reminded the people to be wary of certain quarters who are trying to poison their minds to hate the government.
He said those parties from outside the country acted in such a manner as they were envy of the government for its ability to develop the country with democracy that led to peace.
“They (certain quarters abroad) have been working together with small groups in Malaysia to infiltrate the people’s minds including hurling lies and slander at the Prime Minister.
“It was meant for ‘rakyat’ (people) to lose faith in the Prime Minister who was elected by the people through democratic process,” he said when speaking at the Aidilfitri open house of Sukau state assemblyman Datuk Saddi Abdul Rahman here today.
Salleh, who is also UMNO treasurer, said these outsiders had been using the social media by giving a negative image to infiltrate the minds of the people to hate the government. He cited an example of online media portal, Sarawak Report, led by a westerner Claire Brown who had been in cahoots with individuals in the country to make people to hate the Prime Minister.
“They throw various allegations via the social media and its authenticity is doubted. Their main agenda is that the government follows whatever is pointed by them and their wants,” he said.
Hence, Salleh said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission had blocked the Sarawak Report portal but they (outsiders) continued to use other means such as Facebook and Twitter to spread their ideology.
He said their actions were against the democratic system being practiced in the country as the people get to elect the government through a general election.
As Malaysians, it is important to be grateful and to appreciate, safeguard and preserve the meaning of freedom from being jeopardised by quarters who were envious of the peace and unity of the people in the country, he said.
“We, the Malaysians, are the ones who determine the future and which party to rule,” he said.
According to him, the outside parties wanted to change the country’s ruling government by doing two things, namely to intervene in the political system and infiltrate the people’s minds.
“They are not here in this country but (instead they are) using social media to infiltrate the minds of the peolple,” he said.
He said these quarters did not wait for general election to come because they knew that they would lose and this was proven after Barisan Nasional won a landslide victory in the Sarawak state election and two by-elections in Selangor and Perak.
Salleh said the Malaysian government under the leadership of Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak had been all out in implementing programmes for the people, including business and jobs opportunities, despite efforts by certain quarters to topple the Prime Minister’s leadership in an undemocratic manner.