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Sunday June 16, 2013 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Tuesday July 16, 2013 MYT 11:05:41 AM
JAKARTA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reminded Malaysian students overseas not to fall for opposition lies to the extent of not supporting the government.
The prime minister said the slander and lies spread by the opposition during the recent general election had created a wrong perception of the government to the extent that some students also believed them.
"Until today, there is no proof of the opposition's claim that we (Barisan Nasional) had brought in 40,000 Bangladeshis (to vote for BN).
"This was slander and a very big lie in the general election this time.
"That's why I ask, are people not able to think (that it's illogical)? It has turned out that some people cannot think wisely, even lawyers can't," said Najib, who questioned the people's level of intelligence and rationality over such issues.
He was speaking at a luncheon with Malaysian students in Indonesia at the Malaysian embassy in Kuningan, here, Sunday.
Najib is here on a personal visit to meet a number of Indonesian leaders who are close to him, and for a rest after GE13.
He urged the students to think rationally whether it was possible for BN to bring in 40,000 Bangladeshis to vote for the ruling coalition as claimed.
He said this require 100 jumbo planes to fly them to Malaysia and 1,000 buses to bring them to the polling stations.
He said the opposition's claim was absurd as it would also be difficult for BN to hide Bangladesh nationals in Malaysia as their appearance was different from most Malaysians.
"I, as the BN chairman, strongly refute that there was cheating by BN (in the GE13) as alleged.
"The general election was conducted in a fair manner and in accordance with the law and regulations."
Najib said Barisan had carried out a lot transformation in terms of delivery over the last four years and had validly won GE13, but it lost in the war of perception because of the slander and lies churned out by the opposition through the alternative media, which many people believed in more than the truth provided by the mainstream media.
"For the next general election, BN must equip itself well to fight in the war of perception. In reality, we have delivered, as Malaysia is increasingly prosperous and a good example for many countries, but perceived otherwise by some quarters.
"The war of perception is thus the biggest challenge for BN," he said.
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