Prime Minister Najib Razak launched the official Barisan Nasional (BN) portal tonight called TheRakyat.com.

The portal will provide details on the coalition’s candidates and election manifesto.

It will also showcase interviews with BN personalities, infographics, analyses and other electoral information soon.

Speaking at the launch of the portal at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Najib said the portal was established to acknowledge the important role social media played in providing information to the public as well as to counter fake news.

“The portal is key in determining BN’s success in the coming general election.

“The people can find out and decide for themselves if such fake news is real or not. The opposition has done it before, and we believe they will do so again in the coming election,” he said.

“The portal marks the first BN initiative for 2018. It will be legitimate, fast, and accurate. Above all else it will be authoritative.” he said.

Najib said internet users would also be able to provide their views and feedback through the portal.

The articles which will appear on the website will be available in six languages: Bahasa, English, Mandarin, Tamil, Iban and Kadazan Dusun.

After the launch, Najib attended a special meeting with other BN leaders to discuss preparations for the election.

The ruling coalition’s mandate expires on June 24, following which Parliament will automatically be dissolved and elections will be held within 60 days.

The 13-party BN coalition is seeking to regain its two-thirds parliamentary majority, which it held since Merdeka until the 12th general election in 2008. -FMT

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