KLUANG, March 26 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is believed to have an estimated 610,000 friends on his Facebook account, and still counting.
Speaking to a 150-strong gathering of his online friends from Johor at a local hotel here today, the Prime Minister told them that getting to meet them in person, was a lot better than merely chatting online.
“Malaysians are ranked very high up in the list when it comes to social networking and as the Prime Minister, I find your comments rather useful in helping me make decisions for the good of the country,” he said.
The Prime Minister said it was the fourth time he had met his online friends personally, twice in Putrajaya, once in Kuching and now here.
“But I know not many people can attend a gathering of such nature, now that I have more than 610,000 friends on Facebook. I would love to meet you all in flesh but it’s difficult,” he added.
Najib also took questions from the floor and among the questions asked was about the rising cost of foodstuff, why he was into social networking and if the Sultanah Aminah General Hospital in Johor Baharu would be upgraded.
He reminded the gathering that as the leader, he has to be up to date, and social networking was one of the tools used for effective communication with the people.
“Otherwise, I will be left out in the end,” he added.
He also called on his on-line friends to work together with him as one team to embark on a journey that will take Malaysia to a developed nation status with high income and equal opportunities for all.
Earlier, the Prime Minister met people from various communities during his walkabout at Jalan Station and held dialogues with taxi drivers as well as public transport users at the Kluang Transport Terminal.
Source : Bernama