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KUALA LUMPUR - In its bid to combat fake news on social media as the 14th general election looms, Barisan Nasional has rolled out its very own portal called “theRakyat”.

In launching the website last night, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said social media has become the primary source of information among the people.

“In the 13th general election, we became the victim of fake news, although the term was not popular back then.

“The reality is, fake news has become the Opposition’s weapon and has brought consequences to us,” Najib, who is also Barisan chairman, said in his speech.

“We believe the same thing will happen during the 14th general election.

“That is why we need a platform that can be used to connect, and to spread accurate and quick information to the people.

“In other words, every information in the portal must be authoritative,” Najib said.

The portal (therakyat.com) is also an interactive site for the public to present their views and feedback, he added.

Najib stressed that much effort was made by the Barisan-led Government and the coalition has a vision and concrete plan for the nation.

Also present at the launch were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk

SHAH ALAM - Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (pic) and PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin are expected to contest the Shah Alam and Hulu Langat parliamentary seats in the next general election, according to a source.

It said their names, along with the names of the seats, were submitted at a meeting of the Selangor Pakatan Harapan Election Commit­tee here yesterday.

PAS contested and won the two seats for the Opposition in the 13th general election in 2013.

“PKR may

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Barisan Nasional is all set to face the 14th general election (GE14) which is expected to be called soon, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said.

Musa, who is Sabah Umno chairman, said there was a good working relationship among all nine Sabah Barisan component parties and they were prepared to face the elections.

“The working relationship is good and support is good. The Barisan machinery is in place,” he told reporters after a meet-the-people session in Kampung Padas

PETALING JAYA - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is very likely to contest in the 14th general election, says a top official of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

Pribumi vice-president Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman even pinpointed Langkawi or Putrajaya where the Pakatan Harapan chairman could be fielded as a parliamentary candidate.

“I think Dr Mahathir will offer himself as a candidate, as he is the torch bearer for us.

“According to all the talk, there is a big possibility he will contest in

KUALA LUMPUR - Barisan Nasional component party leaders kicked off the new year with a supreme council meeting to reinforce preparation for the 14th general election.

Held at the Putra World Trade Centre, the closed door session lasted almost two hours, ending at about 10.45pm yesterday.

Without going into the meeting details, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said component parties were focusing on forming a united front to face the general election, which must be held by August this

PEKAN - The general election will be called when the Barisan Nasional machinery is ready, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said to that end, the party needs a youthful and loyal army to win the “war” to come.

“We do not need troops that are astray, undisciplined, careless, missing and weak. We want youths who are willing to work hard, day and night. These youths must be willing to obey orders,” he said at a Pekan Barisan youth gathering in Tanjung Selangor here

KUALA LUMPUR - The High Court will decide in January on Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s application to strike out a suit by a former Negeri Sembilan Pribumi chief acti­vist for defamation.

Justice Datuk Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamed set Jan 19 for the decision, after submissions in his chambers yesterday. The application was filed on July 25.

Muhyiddin’s counsel Muhammad Faizal Faiz Mohd Hasani said that among the grounds for striking out the suit was that Mohd

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