Monday, 20 May 2013

TREAT SOCIAL MEDIA WITH CIRCUMSPECTION






TROPHY ....SABAH Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman handing over the 2013 Male Youth Icon Award trophy to winner Alex Dennis. He is accompanied by the newly appointed Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan (second from left) as well as Youth and Sports Permanent Secretary Datuk Suzannah Liaw (far left).

By : SHALINA R

THE GROWTH of social media on the internet and smart phones has put unlimited information within reach of everyone in possession of these devices.

This has worrisome possibilities, which prompt Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman to advise users to be cautious and discerning when retrieving information from these sources.

“I  know, the social media are a preferred means for youth to express their views and opinions. Used wisely, I believe they have a positive impact by way of interactive communication,” said the Chief Minister at the Likas Sports Complex on the occasion of the 2013 Youth Day yesterday.

“Nevertheless, youths must exercise caution in using their prerogative, and be shrewd in filtering out distorted, fabricated, deceitful, slanderous and defaming information,” he told the gathering.

Sabah Youth Council President Kevin T P Lim also took the opportunity to address the issue. He said, “The youths should be wise to evaluate any information that  they find in the social media, especially on Facebook and blog sites whose veracity may be doubtful.”

"Do not rely on such sites as your sole source of information and accept whatever that is published as the gospel truth. The youth should be astute in assessing the information they retrieve,” he said.

“On the other hand, leaders should respond promptly to any issue. By being transparent and ever ready to disseminate clear and concise information, they can overcome problems before they cause irreparable damage to society.”

Three awards were given out to acknowledge the good work of volunteers at the Youth Day ceremony.

The Premier National Youth Award was given to the Young Malaysians Movement which carries a prize of RM10,000. The State’s Male Youth Icon Award went to Malaysian Scout Association’s Alex Dennis, 28, while Halimah Abdul Rahman, 40, from the Sabah Puteri Islam Movement received the Female Icon Youth Award. The two winners of the Youth Icon Awards received RM3,000.00 each.

A three-day long Youth Festival was also held in conjunction with this year’s Youth Day celebration. The festival was organised by the Sabah Youth Council (MBS) from 17th to 19th May.

The programs throughout the festival this year encompass ten segments consisting of Human Capital, Volunteerism, Career, Skills and Entrepreneurship, Healthy Living and the Green Carnival. There are also special displays showing 50 years of Malaysia, and tourism sector’s Visit Malaysia Year 2014 Promotional exhibition. (Insight Sabah)







WINNER ....(Far left) 2013 Male Youth Icon Award winner Alex Dennis from Malaysian Scout Association Tawau branch pose with winners from two other categories. Halimah Abdul Rahman (second from left) from the State's Puteri Islam Movement nabbed the 2013 Female Youth Icon Award. Standing on her right are representatives from the Young Malaysians Movement (YMM). YMM bagged the Premier National Youth Award this year.

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  2. Social media has played a large part in swinging the urban votes towards the Opposition, especially among the Malays. Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said lies spread by the Opposition influenced urban voters against Umno and Barisan Nasional.

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  3. “I believe that social media was a major factor on the coalition not obtaining the swing in urban votes. “Unlike the rural areas, the urban voters are driven by issues rather than development,” he said yesterday.

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  4. Mohd Shafie said the poor showing of the other coalition parties would not affect the power sharing concept of the coalition. “The system of power sharing that has worked for more than 50 years will be retained for the benefit of all Malaysians,” he said.

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  5. He said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek‘s decision that the party would not be taking up any Cabinet post due to the party’s performance, should be respected. Mohd Shafie said the focus should be on forming a Federal Government. “It is not the time to worry about the party elections.”

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  6. Umno Puteri chief Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said Barisan should focus on winning over the rakyat via social media, acknowledging its impact on voters, especially in the urban areas.

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  7. “We must double our efforts to counter the Opposition in cyberspace. “The Opposition’s distortions of issues have overshadowed all the work Datuk Seri Najib (Tun Razak) did over the past four years,” she said.

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  8. Asked on the polls’ effect on the Umno elections, Rosnah said it was not the time to worry about jostling for party posts as every Umno member should be planning for the next general election.

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    1. Prioritise the people. Next election still way too long to go.

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  9. She also dismissed calls that Najib should be held accountable for Barisan’s worst performance compared to the 2008′s elections. “The blame should be on all Barisan and Umno members.”

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  10. This is a great indication where Musa cautioned the youths.

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  11. Belia harus berwaspada dalam alam maya ini.

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  12. We should treat the social media with cautious.

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  13. Gunakan dengan akal dan fikiran.

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  14. Yes please don't post something offensive.

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    1. Jangan salah gunakan kuasa yang diberi.

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  15. We share things to more people today because of social networking sites and internet, news spread faster, and people will gain more insight because the tendency to read more.

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  16. With the ability to connect to massive crowd, a person has the ability to impact other people and influence them in making decisions.

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  17. In 2007, 78% of people trust the recommendations of other consumers

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  18. It is great to see that today, more and more companies are embracing all types of social networking to get most of people’s attention

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  19. We can’t just put information like we did in conventional media to social media platform. It works differently.

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  20. Harus menilaikan sejauh mana kebenaran laporan tersebut.

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