PUTATAN: Social media should not be used to incite negative and sensitive issues as it can cause disunity in the nation’s diverse communities.
The advice was given by the Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Yahya Hussin, adding that the people in the state need to be careful and wise in filtering information from the social media especially on inaccurate facts about the government.
“We can get the correct information from the authority or related departments to differentiate what is true or not,” he said in his speech for officiating the state level 1Malaysia (K1M) Community Semarak Programme at Dataran Betitik Putatan, here yesterday.
Yahya, who is also Sabah Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry wants the public not to exaggerate petty issues, and instead to stand united and appreciate the harmony and peace in the country.
He also urged Information Department to improve its method in channeling information to the public by utilizing the latest technologies effectively, since there are now many sources for news and current issues.
‘This includes the need to explain the policies being implemented by the government, as well as for policies which are to be enforced such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which will be applied beginning on 1st April,” he added.
The participation of all communities is essential in closing the ties and unity of the people, and will raise support for the government, he said. – SayangSabah