KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11, 2015:

Barisan Nasional lacks proper coordination within the party despite having a myriad of social media initiatives, said its Strategic Communications director Datuk Rahman Dahlan.

The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister said this was why he would hold discussions on the matter with the ruling coalition’s secretary-general, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, to synchronise the initiatives so that they could move in the same direction.

“We need to provide facts swiftly in our responses (to accusations).

“When the government responds, it must be backed by facts and that is why there is a need for proper coordination,” he told reporters at the Putra World Trade Centre here this afternoon.

Rahman said he proposed to create a “fact check” portal to serve as a one-stop centre to compile all data that is to be distributed through the party’s channels.

The Kota Belud lawmaker said these days, one had to “grapple” to find answers on issues as people would wait for answers from the relevant ministries.

A one-stop centre, he argued, would be better in dealing with accusations on social media.

“This is not a new matter as in other countries, there are many ways to ensure leaders’ statements are clarified.”

A couple of days ago, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak noted that the new political battlefield was now the social media.

The Umno president also said there was a need to correct people’s perception of the government and more “keyboard warriors” were needed to counter the slander and accusations being thrown around on social media of late.

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