There Is An Ongoing War On Najib's Facebook Page

Angry netizens are sending a strong message.

Cover image via The Independent/SAYS

It's happening again. A social media war has broken out in Malaysia and PM Najib Razak is at the centre of it all.

Image via Bajet

Angry netizens have been spamming Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's official Facebook page since yesterday, 1 February, following the announcement of new petrol prices for February 2017.

The new petrol prices saw a 20 sen hike in the retail price of RON95 and RON97 to RM2.30 and RM2.60 per litre respectively. The price of diesel also saw an increase at RM2.15 per litre.

The message is quite clear despite its simplicity. "20¢" was all that they said.

Netizens protested against the government's latest move to increase the petrol price and demonstrated their dissatisfaction on Najib's social media accounts including Facebook and Twitter.

The "20¢" symbol was repeated hundreds of times and spammed in the comment sections of Najib's latest posts and shared links on Facebook. Even the comment section in his profile picture was not spared.

It appears that the comments now vary from "20¢", "DUA PULUH SEN" or "Twenty Sen".

In the midst of this "20¢" public outcry, Najib's supporters have continued to bombard with the year-old #RespectMyPM hashtag

Image via Najib Razak

The hashtag that was meant to show support for Najib, first trended on Twitter last March after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said funds deposited into his personal accounts were donations.

Since 2015, the premier has been plagued by serious corruption allegations that claim his involvement in the high-profile 1MDB scandal.

Almost a year later, the solidarity campaign is still going strong and can be found on most, if not all, of Najib's Facebook posts since then.

With the emergence of the "20¢" comments, the two sides are going head-to-head in this social media war.

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