When Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced he was releasing his own mobile app, social media was abuzz with concerns that installing ‘Najib Razak’ on their phones would result in their data being abused.
Another concern was the identity of the app’s mysterious developer, Resonate Digital.
For instance, who owns this company? How much funds did it receive to develop ‘Najib Razak’? How much did ‘Najib Razak’ cost? Was the project awarded to it through open bidding?
So many questions, yet so little information available.
A quick Internet search reveals that the company has no website nor office number available online.
A check on the Commission of Company Malaysia’s records shows that Resonate Digital Sdn Bhd was established in January 2014.
In “nature of business”, it wrote: “Principally engaged in the management, administration, development, control, supervision, and marketing of web management and communication strategies solutions.”
The company has two directors: Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin, 40, is, interestingly, a special officer in the Prime Minister Department; Har Kok Kit, 47, is a former senior executive in Astro.
According to the balance sheet dated April 30, 2015, the company has RM8,920 current assets and RM8,839 in liabilities.
Shrouded in mystery
Filled with doubt and buzzing with questions, Malaysiakini went to the ground to check this company out.
The company is located at the PJ Trade Centre – a modern, industrial-style office area surrounded by lush green landscape, nestled at the entrance of Damansara Perdana and visible from the Damansara-Puchong Expressway.
The upscale office building, resplendent with tall glass windows and exposed brick walls, comes complete with a fitness centre and a coffee lounge, and also houses listed company MMC-Gamuda.
Visitors who wish to take the lift to Resonate Digital’s office must first register with their IC at the security counter. Walking out from the lift, the company’s name is prominently displayed on the wall.
During this reporter’s visit, the door to the office was ajar, as someone was about to leave, so entering the premises to speak to the receptionist was not too difficult.
A staff soon approached, and, upon learning the purpose of the visit, said the company was reluctant to be interviewed.
A ‘person-in-charge’ joined the conversation as well; asked about the cost of the application and number of downloads, he refused to answer, saying such information was “internal”.
He only revealed that the company had its own team to develop the application.
Asked if he felt it was inappropriate that Amhari, as a PMO special officer, was given the project from the prime minister, he begged to differ.
“This is the PM’s personal app,” he said.
He also revealed that Amhari was not based in the office.
Just as this reporter was about to take a picture of the company name outside the office before leaving, one staff came out and requested not to do so.
“Otherwise people will come and disturb our work,” she said politely.
Concerns over cost
On Wednesday, Najib announced on Facebook that his application would give users the latest updates of his exclusive live features, as well as broadcast his activities and programmes.
But to install the application, users will need to provide the app access to their photos, media and files found on the device.
It logs IP address and user location, but does not gather personal information, the policy states.
DAP’s Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim has expressed concern over the cost to build the application, and who foot the bill.
He said this is especially since Najib released a similar app called ‘Najib Razak 1Malaysia’ in 2011, which is now no longer available for download.
Apart from his Twitter and Facebook accounts, he also has a personal website najibrazak.com, which usually posts lengthy articles about his activities and views on current affairs.
Najib: National unity under attack from two individuals
FMT Reporters | October 14, 2016
Prime Minister Najib Razak warns of next phase of attacks against government following reconciliation between ‘former opposition leader’ and ‘former leader’.
PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Najib Razak spoke of two individuals “threatening our national unity in two phases” over the past eight years, in his latest blog post.
The PM said the first phase started in 2008 with the first individual, the then opposition leader, playing up racial issues, while the second phase, took off this year with the second individual, a former leader, launching a new Malay party.
Though Najib did not mention any names, it was an obvious reference to former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“In 2008, the opposition leader tried to challenge the constitution, making a political issue out of the rights accorded to all races, simply to get more votes.
“There had never been any dispute with the constitution before and people of all races and religions had lived in harmony all this while,” Najib said, adding that as a result of the opposition leader’s actions, the 12th General Election was dictated by racial issues and it has remained since.
According to Najib, the second individual started the second phase this year, by disrupting the unity of the Malays.
“This former leader formed a new political party for the Malays, and this has caused an even bigger fracture within the community
“Our political strength has now been diluted with the presence of five different Malay parties,” Najib said, most likely referring to Mahathir’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, which joins Umno, PAS, PKR and Amanah as parties with a majority, if not exclusive, Malay-Muslim representation.
The PM added that the actions of the second individual had also further eroded the already weakened national unity.
“His actions, together with the opposition calling for protest rallies behind the veil of projecting a ‘bipartisan’ and ‘multiracial’ image, are merely to attack the democratically-elected ruling government.
“He is even willing to work with the ruling party in Penang, who are known to have corrupt practices,” Najib said alluding to DAP.
Najib added that it was more regrettable that the former leader was willing to be used by those wanting to divide the people, using rallies to attack the government the same way his (former leader) own administration was attacked before.
Acknowledging the continuing threat to the Barisan Nasional government, Najib said “these two leaders have now reconciled, and we can only guess what they will do to our country in Phase Three.”