Use social media for better results, members told

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KUALA LUMPUR — A post-mortem of the 14th general election showed one of the reasons why PAS failed to win Putrajaya was because it lacked social media presence, Dewan Ulama chief Datuk Mahfodz Mohamed said.

Opening the ulama convention at the start of PAS’ 57th annual muktamar, he advised party members to start utilising social media, including YouTube and Facebook, in preparation for the next general election.

“After GE14, an analysis showed that one of the reasons we lost was because we lack (presence) on social media,” he said.

“We don’t have to use social media to slander, lie or create a specific perception among the people but we need to use the platform to educate them.”

The event was telecase live from Kuala Terengganu over social media.

Mahfodz said more in-depth discussion on Islamic politics should be done to better educate the public and party members who were “influenced” by Pakatan Harapan in the May 9 polls.

“There are some members who do not understand the concept of Islamic politics and were swayed by our enemy’s propaganda, to the point where they proclaimed that they are PAS members but openly voted for Pakatan,” he said.

“This shows their ignorance and that they lack the knowledge on Islamic politics. So as ulama, we must educate them.

“You can do it the traditional way or you can do it online via ‘live’ recordings.”

The ulama convention yesterday morning marked the start of the four-day PAS muktamar in Kuala Terengganu.

More 1,000 delegates from across the country are expected
to attend.