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#RakyatJagaRakyat Trends Online As Netizens Voice Concerns & Frustration On Covid-19

#RakyatJagaRakyat Trends Online As Netizens Voice Concerns & Frustration On Covid-19

Malaysians taking care of each other.

Akmal Hakim

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It appears that Malaysians are getting behind a new social media hashtag in uniting the people’s voice during the Covid-19 pandemic.

#RakyatJagaRakyat became trending as netizens shared their concerns and frustrations towards the government’s handling of the coronavirus situation and how politics had pulled attention away from more present concerns.

The online slogan which translates to “the people takes care of the people”, was also said to have been chosen to replace the popular #KitaJagaKita tagline that had been the go-to catchphrase in the nation’s plight during the plague.

Many even accused the government of hijacking the more established hashtag – the one with its own custom Twitter emoji – to supplement its own propaganda.

The #KitaJagaKita slogan, meaning “we take care of each other”, was believed to have also stemmed from public grievances during the early days of the pandemic.

Read more: Malaysians Prove They’re Still Kind And Generous With #KitaJagaKita

Notably, the phrase was mentioned by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in his special address to the nation announcing the extension of the Movement Control Order (MCO) period in April 2020, and also frequently used in most government public service announcements (PSA).

Kita ibarat sebuah keluarga besar. Kita saling membantu ketika zaman susah. Kita jaga keluarga kita. Kita jaga jiran kita. Kita jaga masyarakat kita. Baik kita di kampung, di kawasan perumahan, di kondominium, di rumah flat. Kita jaga kita. Inilah nilai sebenar persaudaraan rakyat Malaysia tanpa mengira bangsa (We are like a family. We help each other in times of struggle. We take care of our family, We take care of our neighbours. We take care of our community. When we go home to our villages, housing areas, condominiums, flats. We take care of each other. This is the true value of Malaysians, kinship regardless of race)…

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin during his speech on April 10.

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