KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak received the Global Leadership Award in Social Media Engagement for his outstanding engagement in social media, after opening the Malaysia Social Media Week 2017 today.
He received the award from Founder and President of Malaysia Social Media Chambers Shahul Hameed Shaik Dawood after the opening of the Malaysia Social Media Week 2017 by Najib here.
Currently, the prime minister has 337,000 followers on Instagram, 3.8 million followers on Twitter while 3.3 million followers on Facebook that makes him an avid social media user joining 20 million active Malaysians on these platforms.
Najib joined Twitter in September 2008 when he was Deputy Prime Minister and initially tweeted some of his official statements and made various comments regarding local, current and international issues.
Prime Minister has also used Facebook to engage the Chinese community by creating a Chinese- language fan page and calling himself ‘Ah Jib Gor’ or Brother Najib.
Najib joined Instagram on March 28, 2013 and tweeted ; “I’ve finally ventured onto Instagram. Good way to show behind the scenes photos of my daily activities”.
Shahul in his speech said the award was given to the prime minister in recognition of his role in driving
the development of the digital industry in Malaysia with various initiatives including with local and global players.
At the same event, Najib also presented the 2017 Social Media Icon Award to actor and comedian Zizan Razak.
Earlier, Najib in his speech stressed that the fake news scourge must be taken seriously including in this country.
“We do not want anyone to take decisions based on lies, distortions and smears,” he said.
Najib said social media practitioners must be fair and responsible in what they write and post and be discriminating in what they read.
“Don’t just believe every post and tweet There is so much fake news out there that The Economist this week even asked if social media is a threat to democracy,” he added.
Najib meanwhile said that the Malaysian economy that grew 5.7 per cent in the first half of this year should not be disputed by netizens. – Bernama