Wednesday, March 10, 2010

PM spends too much time on Facebook, says Lim Kit Siang

DAP’s Lim Kit Siang took a stab at Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today, accusing him of spending more time on Facebook than on the country’s affairs.

He criticised the Najib’s pledge to respond to all messages he received via the social networking site and claimed it would take at least 10 hours daily for this to happen.

Lim was responding to a statement by Najib’s political secretary Datuk Seri Shahlan Ismail that the Prime Minister would respond to all constructive criticisms submitted by the people via Facebook.

Shahlan, who was addressing some 500 civil servants and community leaders at a briefing by the Kelantan Federal Development Department, had also said that on certain days, Najib receives up to 600 messages.

“These would be attended to by the Prime Minister personally,” Shahlan was quoted as saying.

“I find this most remarkable, as Najib will have no time for affairs of state as prime minister if he spends 10 hours a day on Facebook — given one minute for a Facebook message, which will consume 600 minutes (or 10 hours) for 600 messages,” said Lim in a statement posted on his blog this morning.

Lim also said Najib’s penchant for Facebook was reflective of his administration’s “schizophrenic personality.”

“Where is the schizophrenia about Najib and the Facebook? The answer is, of course, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim, Najib’s Minister for Information, Communications and Culture, who recently lambasted Twitter and Facebook as “tools of the West” which could erode Malaysian culture,” he said.

He also pointed out that this difference of opinion was similar to the Prime Minister’s 1 Malaysia and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s “divided, many Malaysia.”

Lim also commented on last night’s attendance at a ceramah in Seremban, which he claimed was astounding, given the bad weather condition.

“I thought the crowd of thousands for this Semboyan Halilintar ke Putrajaya ceramah in Seremban to commemorate the second anniversary of March 8, 2008 political tsunami would dissolve away when the full blast of the rain came, but the indomitable spirit of several thousands who stood their ground despite heavy rain is a potent sign that the Pakatan Rakyat goal of Putrajaya in the next general election is within reach,” he said.

Lim boasted that Umno and Barisan Nasional’s latest “psychological warfare” against PKR and Pakatan Rakyat had not helped gain them support for the destruction of the DAP-PKR-PAS pact.

He said this in reference to the recent resignations of three MPs from PKR to become independents. The fourth PKR MP to turn independent was Zulkifli Noordin, who was sacked over disciplinary problems.

“They (Barisan) tried to foment trouble in Pakatan saying that I should be Parliamentary Opposition Leader as the DAP with 28 MPs has now more MPs than PKR. Thanks but no.

“DAP has decided that (PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim is the Parliamentary Opposition Leader heading Pakatan in Parliament until he becomes the new Prime Minister when Pakatan captures Putrajaya in the next general elections,” said Lim.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider

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