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Bad news goes viral, good news rarely highlighted - Waythamoorthy

Yasmin Ramlan  |  Published:  |  Modified:

The government is trying to counter negative news with positive but finds that the former is what spreads quickly among the people.

“The problem in this world is that good news is rarely highlighted but bad news become viral," said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department P Waythamoorthy.

"Now we can see certain quarters using technology such as social media to promote negative agendas that can cause racial tension."

He lamented the politically immature culture in Malaysia noting that in some countries, politicians close ranks after a general election.

However, he claimed that our politicians have continued to harp on issues of race and religion in Malaysia, which is unhealthy.

"If we look at developed countries, all politicians will dial back on politicking after the general election. The people and politicians will work together to help the country succeed.

"But in our country, there is no political maturity among our politicians to accept the new leadership which should be given the chance to prove itself within five years," he said during a national unity event in Kuala Lumpur today.

Waythamoorthy urged everyone, regardless of political affiliation, to support the government's efforts in development and fostering unity.

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