Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa has warned that the country is doomed if the people fall for hate politics of certain parties. He says the most dominant political party in the country is losing the war of perception.
During an information session with Umno members in Kepala Batas yesterday, he said the politics of hate towards the Barisan Nasional (BN) was on the rise.
“People say that Umno is racist,” Annuar said. “Gerakan, MCA and MIC are powerless but it is not true. Umno has never been racist as we are the first to work with parties from different racial backgrounds.
“We do not want to see hate politics in our beloved country. We must turn the table, it is important for Umno members to be on the same page. We have to be ready for war.”
A mobile application named Malaysia4All was launched to connect the party’s information machinery to the leadership to tackle “slander towards the government”.
The application, that is opened for all Umno members, is used as a platform for them to spread reliable information to the public via social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
Interestingly, Kelantan Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed conveyed the same message in Kota Bharu yesterday. He vowed that Kelantan Umno would go down to the grassroots level to counter the negative perception propagated by the opposition.
He claimed that the youth had not been getting enough information on the government’s aspiration, which led them to believe the wrong information being disseminated, especially on social media.
“There are things that they (young people) don’t understand. It’s clear to us that they have been fed with the wrong information because they have been following news portals that are prejudiced against Umno,” he said.
Much has changed in the tone and pitch of our national conversation. It has a lot to do with the current toxic discourse, with some grassroot leaders spewing the type of language that only bigots would use.
In creating a toxic climate, hatred has won out. It is then deemed an acceptable response to anger.
Are news portal wrong to report the menacing acts of Red Shirt louts? Wasn’t there a mob that tried to storm the office of an opposing political party? Even the State Assembly wasn’t spared.
And there is a pattern to this madness. Inevitably, certain key figures will emerge as one of the prime movers, if not leader, of the horde. Isn’t it always the same ringleaders who would lead the charge of paid goons and unwitting supporters in such protests?
What we are seeing now is a political climate that favours quick enemies, vitriolic, coarse language and an unnecessary show of strength by unruly mobs. Let us not forget that hate is an easy emotion to provoke, but a difficult one to control.
The Heat Malaysia Online