Umno and Barisan Nasional’s (BN) response to the opposition’s baseless accusations and lies will be done the civil way, and not by sowing hatred in the people towards the opposition parties.rais-yatim

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said although the BN government was taking steps to rebut all the opposition’s lies and appeared to be defensive, the strategy of “attacking” the opposition was made in the context of telling the truth to the people and in the nation’s interests.

“We don’t want to sow hatred, but to build a spirit of valuing truth and accuracy,” he told reporters after launching the state-level schools Rakan Muda programme, here, today.

He said bloggers and official media which were trying to present the truth were encouraged to be proactive in exposing the opposition’s lies.

“As this is a legitimate government, it is normal for the mainstream media to protect national interests,” he added.

Rais also dismissed an opposition claim as dubious that 70 per cent of students at the local universities were pro-opposition.

He said the statistic was purposely created and did not reflect the real situation as many students had started to realise the importance of keeping the present government in power.

“We have to look at the matter carefully. It’s easy for them (opposition) to say this university is 70 per cent (pro-opposition), that university is 60 per cent. Who is collecting the data? We have our own data to state otherwise.”

Rais said suitable programmes would be organised at the universities in the context of nation building.

He also announced that his ministry would organise various programmes related to the 1Malaysia concept in every state from June to the end of August. — BERNAMA