KUCHING, May 8: Malaysians can now watch any ‘ceramah’, even many ‘ceramah’ simultaneously whether those in West Malaysia or West Malaysia, from different political parties, on the same screen at the convenience of their fingertips, thanks to Facebook Live.
For the first time in Malaysia’s history, with a smartphone at any location with connection, anyone can now access, listen and watch election eve political speeches by various parties and coalitions from anywhere in the country before casting their votes tomorrow (May 9).
Both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan have scheduled live broadcasts of their respective grand campaign finales at 10pm today.
The Pakatan Harapan grand finale will be held in Langkawi where its chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will address the nation at 10pm and it will be broadcast live on social media. Follow Tun Mahathir’s Facebook page @TunDrMahathir and ubah.tv for the live broadcast. Other major news portals such as Malaysiakini are set to broadcast the event live too.
BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s scheduled talk at the same time, will go live on the BN Facebook page @barisannasional and also via live telecast on TV3, Astro Awani, TV2, Bernama and Hypp TV.
Other than these national grand finales, Sarawak will also see grand finales in its major urban areas too.
Pakatan Harapan ceramahs in Kuching, Sibu and Miri will also show Tun Mahathir’s live broadcast on big screens at 10pm. Most of the ‘ceramah’ will be shared via Facebook Live and can be found by following @DapSarawakOfficial @miripkr or the candidates’ personal Facebook page.
Sarawak United Peoples’ Party’s final ‘ceramah’ at Batu Kawah new township in Kuching will be broadcast live on Facebook too via @Dr.Sim.Kui.Hian but its national address by Najib will not be broadcast live on site.
Launched in April last year, Facebook Live was not widely used by politicians here until this 14th general election where almost all major ‘ceramah’ and many press conferences were broadcast live with it with hundreds or thousands of viewers.
Live broadcasts can last up to 4 hours. After the broadcast ends, the video will be published to the page or profile so that fans and friends who missed it can watch at a later time. The broadcaster can remove the video post at any time, just like any other post. — DayakDaily