Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Haji Mohd. Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak created his twitter account @NajibRazak more than two years ago.
He had an account even earlier than me!
However, Dato’ Sri was always criticised for non-engagements. He tweets about his whereabouts…
… and some official statements…
… but he never responded to any tweets.
Until 11 Feb 2011.
Once twitterers saw the first tweet, a few asked if he is really responding. Including yours truly. To which he promptly replies.
I think the fact that his reply was immediate (barely a minute after) could mean either one of these three things.
1) It’s not him, it’s his SM manager. Why would my Prime Minister be so free that he is able to respond to tweets immediately?
2) It IS him, and he really do not have a lot of work to do. (It’s called delegation you twat)
3) He’s stuck in a jam. It IS Malaysia, after all.
Regardless, he’s been keeping up with the engagement exercise one week after the first reply-tweet.
All I can say is, at least he’s trying. I’m not sure (I doubt it actually) if this will help those against BN to start supporting him, but it’s a step. If this engagement exercise is to work magic, he’s gotta take criticisms and suggestions tweeted to him and actually IMPLEMENT things or at least put it up for proper discussion.
You want to listen to your rakyat? That’s fantastic. I salute you for that. But don’t just listen and not take any actions. Then you’d just be wasting your time (or your SM manager’s time) with all the tweets.
Best of luck!