Umno needs Net presence, says Khairy
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno and the Barisan Nasional have not made full use of the Internet, a situation that Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin hopes could be rectified soon.
He said cyberspace was both a medium of communication and a political strength and the party would lose support among the young if it does not have an Internet presence.
Khairy said Umno faced the challenge of conveying “the truth and the real news” and to overcome the public tendency to be influenced by sensational and unsubstantiated news.
“If we do not have Internet presence, we will lose support among the young, who only see the world through the Internet,” he said here yesterday.
Khairy was commenting on the DAP's e-campaign to reach out to the net-savvy community in the next general election. “We view the opposition’s campaign through the Internet seriously,” he said, adding that Umno was ready to take them on.
“We have a website and the writers for it. But, unfortunately, the phenomenon on the Internet is still to sensationalise news. “So, we need a correction mechanism. It is difficult to find credible sources, compared to the traditional media,” he said.
On the threat by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to sue him over his alleged remarks that the former deputy prime minister is a Jewish agent and a traitor to the Malay cause, Khairy said he would not apologise for anything he had said.
Beating around the Bush
What UMNO needs is creditability – with the way things are moving along by UMNO, it is hardly going to make an impact in the cyberspace. They will still lose the support of the younger generation