Is the YDP Agong using the Astro Awani online poll to appoint Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Agong Wants To Use Astro Poll To Appoint Anwar Ibrahim As PM!
People have been sharing this Astro Awani online poll and message on WhatsApp, and social media, claiming that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is going to use it to appoint Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia!
To all Malaysians, please vote so that DS Anwar Ibrahim is appointed as the 10th Prime Minister. This analysis was made at the request of YDP Agong. Please viral as soon as possible. Thank you.
It is sometimes sent with an audio file of someone claiming to be a member of Invoke Malaysian confirming that this Astro Awani poll is not fake.
Another audio file also claims that this is not fake news, but is a way to get the YDP Agong to appoint Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister, instead of Muhyiddin Yassin.
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Truth : Agong Will NOT Use Astro Poll To Appoint Anwar Ibrahim As PM!
That is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : First Group To Exceed 111 MPs Can Form Next Government
The 15th General Election (GE15) has resulted in a hung Parliament in Malaysia, with no political coalition or party winning a majority of Parliamentary seats.
Hence, the political parties in Malaysia are now anxiously negotiating and bartering with each other… because the first group with at least 112 Members of Parliament will form the next government.
The winning group will then present their new political coalition, and their prime minister candidate, to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, for his consent.
Fact #2 : Agong Appoints Prime Minister According To MPs, Not Online Poll
The Constitution of Malaysia is very clear about how the YDP Agong appoints the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Under Article 43 (2) (a), the Yang di-Pertuan Agong will appoint a Prime Minister who, in his judgement, is likely to command the confidence of the “majority of the members of [the House of Representative“.
In other words, the YDP Agong can only appoint Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia if he is confident that Anwar Ibrahim has the backing of the majority of the newly-elected Members of Parliament!
To be clear – the YDP Agong cannot appoint Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister merely on the basis of an online poll of random people on the Internet!
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Fact #3 : Astro Awani Poll Asked For Prediction, Not Preference
I should also point out that the Astro Awani poll was NOT asking their viewers for their preference of Prime Minister. Everyone did that earlier, by voting for the political party of their choice during GE15.
If you read the poll carefully, you will see that Astro Awani was only asking its viewers for their “prediction” of who they think will end up becoming Prime Minister.
Instead of asking “Who do you want to be 10th PM?“, Astro Awani asked, “Who will be the 10th PM?”
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Fact #4 : You Can Vote Multiple Times
You can only select one of the three options and pass a CAPTCHA test, but otherwise, the Astro Awani online poll has no restrictions.
Critically – you can vote as many times as you like. That makes the poll completely useless as a guide of the people’s sentiment.
In last two general elections, Malaysians had their fingers dipped in indelible ink, specifically to prevent anyone from voting more than once.
If voting online multiple times is allowed, then governments will be elected by those who have the most supporters clicking the fastest and the longest.
This Astro Awani online poll only serves as a gimmick to bring people into their website. Cynical observers may wonder if the fake message was created by Astro Awani to drive traffic to their website…
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Fact #5 : Astro Awani Called It Fake News
On Sunday, 20 November 2022, Astro Awani issued a press statement, calling the viral message “fake news” and “irresponsible”, and denied any involvement.
Unfortunately, Astro Awani continue to leave the poll running. The traffic from the viral message must be really awesome.
They may or may not have created the fake viral message, but they are sure enjoying the traffic it brings!
Do the right thing, Astro Awani – delete the poll, and replace it with your press statement about this fake news instead.
Please WATCH OUT about such FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp and social media. They are designed to reduce voter confidence in the electoral process.
Regardless of what you may read or see on social media, please have faith in the electoral process, which is safeguarded by the Malaysian civil service and many volunteers.
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