Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Use social networks with good intentions — Ahmad Lai

Posted on July 3, 2012, Tuesday
MIRI: Internet users need to utilize social networks ethically, as the misuse of them will risk disturbing the peace and harmony of the community, Sibuti MP Ahmad Lai Bujang stressed.
He said users of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter must use the platforms as a medium to strengthen the community.
“The abuse of social networks such as in instigating baseless rumours could give destructive effects on other internet users, thus stirring up bad feelings and disturbing public peace,” he said at Miri-Sibuti Parliament Facebook gathering on Sunday.
He said the Prime Minister also make use of the social network to directly connect and understand the people’ sentiments.
“I myself also make use of Facebook to interact with netizens to get updates on current issues faced by my constituents, thus, I see the social network gives various advantages if utilised in positive ways,” he said.
However, he said not all the comments posted by netizens in the social network are positive, including personal attacks on the people’s representatives.
“I admit I do receive some negative messages through the social network, however, as the people’s representative, all such messages should be taken openly and where possible use them to improve for the better,” he stressed.
The gathering was attended by more than 150 youths from Miri and Sibuti.
Barisan Nasional/Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) New Media Unit hosted the event for the first time to strengthen solidarity and enhance awarenss among Facebook users.

Also present at the programme was Political Secretary to Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Sebastian Ting.

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