Malaysian PM's new blog not replacement for 1Malaysia website: Minister

Above: Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak

KUALA LUMPUR - The new website featuring Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's personal blog is not a replacement of the existing 1Malaysia website, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

He clarified this in Dewan Rakyat after G. Manivanan (PKR - Kapar) questioned the rationale behind using the new to replace

"The new website, launched on Sept 5, is not to replace the 1Malaysia website. In fact, the latter has been re-branded as a community website for the rakyat to participate and discuss government policies and projects in line with the 1Malaysia concept," he said.

The 1Malaysia website was launched in 2008, and had then contained two parts - Najib's personal blog and a community forum.

Shahidan said the new website's role was as a personal blog for Najib to share his opinions, text speeches, information and government policies, among other subjects.

"All of the Prime Minister's blog contents that was previously on the 1Malaysia website has now been moved to, while the old site has been maintained as a community platform.

"This is Najib's way of giving back the 1Malaysia concept to the people, to make it the rakyat's right and encourage them to express their opinions and provide feedback in line with the 1Malaysia concept," he added.

On Manivanan's question regarding the cost of setting up and maintaining both websites, Shahidan said he will provide the response in written form at a later date.

The minister also refuted allegations that Najib was "running away" from the "negative reception, and failure" of the 1Malaysia concept, saying that the concept is a success.

"It is known that Najib is very popular on social media, and if compared to Indonesian president Jokowi, I would say based on leader to population ratio, that Najib is more popular on social media than Jokowi.

"Admittedly, Najib ranks second in the list of Malaysians who are the most popular on social media, with Lisa Surihani being the first," said Shahidan in jest, drawing laughter from the MPs.