PM’s Twitter, Facebook invitations draw a flood of questions

By Tuesday January 11th, 2011 No Comments

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s Twitter and Facebook pages were flooded with queries after he invited questions from all Malaysians Tuesday.

“I will be considering questions on Facebook and Twitter between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. Please use #tanyanajib hashtag in tweeted qs,” Najib tweeted at 4pm.

The invitation drew questions of all sorts, ranging from bread-and-butter issues of wages and rising prices to question on race and unity.

One user asked if politicians could put aside race and religion, while another asked when the last time was that the Prime Minister spoke to the poor without the media present.

Questions also touched on transport and frequent traffic jams, efforts to preserve the environment and also the high incidences of custodial death.

Some users left encouraging messages for the Prime Minister and others asked if he would even answer the questions.

Questions on Teoh Beng Hock were also brought up.

However, trivial questions over what was Najib’s favourite dish that his wife cooked or whether he prefered boxers or briefs prompted some to comment on the wasted opportunity to communicate their problems to Najib.

Later, at 5.20pm, #tanyanajib began to trend worldwide and was trending on and off after that.

The session was originally scheduled to run from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, but was extended to 6pm because of the overwhelming response.

Comments and questions were still pouring after 6pm.

According to the Prime Minister’s office, Najib will “respond to as many as he can” on a YouTube video.

Najib also asked for time to go through the questions before responding.

Source : The Star

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