Weakness in controlling social media cost us in GE14, admits PAS

Abdul Hadi Awang right (Bernama pic)

KUALA NERUS: PAS has conceded that the weakness of its machinery to control the social media led to the party’s defeat in the 14th general election (GE14).

Its president, Abdul Hadi Awang, said the matter came up during the post-mortem carried out on the party’s achievements for GE14.

The study took into account the views of everyone, including academicians, community leaders and thinkers from within and outside the country.

“PAS and its partners in Gagasan Sejahtera went down to the ground during GE14 compared with the Barisan Nasional (BN) which had the advantage in terms of the media, machinery and finance.

“We also had to compete with Pakatan Harapan (PH), which had the advantage over the social media, which has no moral boundaries.

“Yet, with all these limitations, PAS still succeeded in retaining Kelantan and recapturing Terengganu,” he said in his presidential policy speech at the 64th PAS annual assembly at the Gong Badak Indoor Stadium here today.

Among the invited guests were Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his delegation.

Hadi said the weakness in controlling the social media led to the message intended to be delivered by the party to the non-Muslims and young voters failing to reach its target.

He said this showed PAS needed to redouble efforts in a more strategic manner to ensure the victory agenda for GE15 will be achieved five years from now.