Politics around the world hold the greatest power for each of their own countries. Traditionally they would do campaigns and events, especially during election season. If you do not understand, whichever political party win gets to rule the country. Thus, it is crucial to select the ones with credibility and visions so they can lead the people and the country to a bigger success and elevate our economic status to the same height as other successful countries. Mostly, when politicians get to take over our country, they would forget their promises and purposes on why they wanted to take over, and they would enjoy the power and privileges that they get as Prime Minister. That is when things would turn out bad for people and the country. Nonetheless, there are still so many good leaders and political parties that are waiting for their turn to take over. But we are here to talk about how politicians use media and affect the electoral votes and people’s perspectives about the country and the political parties.
The first main obvious thing that we could see is that our country, Malaysia does not have freedom of speech. As we all know, freedom of speech is basically where we could open up about what we dislike about our political leaders, their management, what we could improve as one country and so much more. But today, we could see that we cannot simply say anything about it, even our news station would mainly be focused on only the good things that our politician leaders are currently doing. Where is our freedom of speech in it? Relating it to the media, where people would hire the best social media awards Malaysia to manage their social media so they could get more engagement, traffics, and new followers? I think it is the same with our politicians. I am sure that they also hired someone to manage theirs.
One of the reasons why people use social media is to share their journeys, experiences, and stories with their friends. But nowadays, people would want commercial values out of it. Therefore, angles in pictures, your captions, tags, and engagement in one post are very valuable and crucial. Politicians would not want people to see them as the bad ones. Thus, when one bad issue come out, they would use their social media to explain themselves, such as IGTV for a longer explanation, or one post with long captions of explanation. Somehow, they would still manage to change the people’s perspectives about them as people would see them as a person who would take responsibility and come forward to talk rather than running away.
Even during the election, politicians compete with each other and showing their campaigns and good deeds they are doing on social media. For example, when Khairy Jamaluddin, the former Ministry of Youths and Sports, used his social media to share his sports activities and does not mind of youths’ languages as he believes that he needs to be creative and funny to get support from the youth. That is how politicians nowadays use social media.
Nonetheless, websites are still included when we want to talk about media. Media students are required to have online portfolios in order for companies to see their previous projects, experience, and the quality of their works, as well as businesses who would get the web design awards Malaysia or from the top 5 web design companies Malaysia, so their website could look according to the right theme and presentable for their viewers. Political parties also have their valid websites where you can check their companies’ locations, what they do, and their stories including the people who involved with the party. Here, people could see if the political party is legitimate or not, and whether it is believable or not, that is entirely up to the individuals.
To summarize, it is truly up to them on how they would want to use their social media, such as Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, or even Tiktok. But I find it more believable if they are being real. Do you understand of somehow we kind of get and feel when the other person is lying? Therefore, at the end of the day, what is the point of you trying to lie, when eventually the truths will come out.