According to Bernama, besides politics, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak has another fervid passion — Facebook.
Like millions of people around the world, Najib has joined the social networking website to reach out to the masses, more so Malaysians, hoping to lessen the political divide between the old and young generations.
Najib speaks fondly of Facebook although he has hardly time to surf, but a team manages and frequently updates his site which, he says, now has about 80,000 fans.
“I have an idea of inviting all of them to have tea with me, but the number is large. Maybe, I will have a few hundred at a time,” Najib told New Delhi Television (NDTV) during his recent visit to Chennai.
“Malaysia is a new generation, not incumbent with old baggage. We have to adjust. They don’t want to see us as old tired politicians. We have to change with the times because it is an IT-savvy generation,” said Najib, who merrily shared his thoughts about his Facebook campaign.
However unlike Najib – his Information Minister Dr Rais Yatim sees Facebook as a form of business introduced by the West and Malaysian, particularly Muslims just mere users.
“They are just selling Facebook, Twitter, L-Band and various other services, even through space, as a product but we do not do such business. We accept all this in a state of cultural shock,” he said at seminar in Seremban on Jan 16.