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Ban 'fesbuk', Rosmah's aide says ... on Facebook

"The time has come for 'fesbuk' and its kind to be banned in Malaysia."

So reads a posting from Mr Rizal Mansor, the aide to Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. 

His post, ironically, was uploaded to Facebook, reported Malay Mail Online

Mr Rizal called for a ban on social media sites because, instead of helping people forge ties, it was being used to "spread hatred ... falsehood ... slander". 

He said, posting in Malay, that this could "bring about the collapse of the race and the country".

 

 

Media Sosial sepatutnya menjadi pengerat silaturrahim.. tapi banyak diguna untuk sebar kebencian.. perkara yang tidak...

Posted by Rizal Mansor on Friday, 21 August 2015

 

In response to Mr Rizal's post, one user suggested that the aide should heed his own advice and not use Facebook. 

But many more agreed with Mr Rizal's views. 

Mr Rizal's comments come after several comments from Mr Najib urging Malaysians to be wary of what is said on social media. 

In July, he told a congregation at a mosque in Petaling Jaya that there is "too much nonsense on social media" and that citizens should "not be too trusting" of what they read on these platforms, reported The Star Online. 

In August, the prime minister urged members of political party Umno, of which he is president, to use social media to fight against "false views", reported MalaysiaKini. 

"If you can't be bloggers, being Facebook and Twitter practitioners is enough," he said. "When you see false views, you can counter them. When you see the party president being attacked, you can attack them back."

Mr Najib has come under pressure over allegations of graft and financial mismanagement at debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). 

Sources: Malay Mail Online, The Star, The Malaysian Insider, Reuters

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