BACHOK, Malaysia The trend of blaming and spreading unverified news about the government on social media has been seen as a worrying trend ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14) on May 9.

National Professor Council chief executive officer Dr Prof Dr Raduan Che Rose said there were many assumptions and allegations being spread as if the country was on the verge of destruction.

The World Bank’s forecast places Malaysia as the 23rd best in the world in terms of economic growth and it was not a joke, he told reporters at the Professor with the Community Programme at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) here yesterday.

Raduan said the people needed to know what had been achieved by the country now was due to the results of very good efforts taken by the government since the country obtained its independence.

Despite its weaknesses, the country’s achievement as seen from the many indicators, is a success that we should be proud of, he said.

He said, in terms of unemployment, the country only recorded a rate of 3.4 per cent, which was much better than the neighbouring countries’ rates of between 30 to 40 per cent.

Another good indicator was found in the Barisan Nasional Manifesto for the GE14, which is to see the creation of three million job opportunities over the next five years.

The target should be well received by young people, especially unemployed graduates, and based on the detailed plannings being done by the current government, it can be achieved, he said.

He said the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project connecting Port Klang in Selangor state with Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan states, which is expected to be completed in 2024, would also attract local and foreign investors to invest in the states involved.

This project will also boost the local economies in the east coast states, including in Kelantan, and provide job opportunities for many young people, as long as there is political stability in the country, he added.

Source: NAM News Network