UMNO Youth leader defends TikTok, says Noraini should reinstate contest

UMNO Youth executive committee member Bastien Onn has defended the online social video sharing app TikTok and said Higher Education Minister Noraini Ahmad should reinstate the contest she had planned.

Bastien Onn

“As a minister, she (Noraini) was aware and knew how to engage with the target audience. There are many generations of youth who grew up with social media – from Friendster to Facebook, Instagram and now TikTok. You cannot disassociate the youth from these platforms,” said Bastien, when contacted.

Noraini last week was lambasted by netizens after she launched a TikTok contest, complete with a promotional video on her social media, calling for youth to submit their most creative videos and offered prizes.

The earlier report of Noraini removing all postings related to the TikTok Contest from her social media pages.

After being on the receiving end of a barrage of criticism, Noraini eventually deleted all postings regarding the contest and not a word of it was heard since.

Much of the criticism came due to the timing of Noraini’s contest, as among the positive comments were for the minister to focus on the welfare of students currently stuck at boarding schools and university hostels due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) as the nation battles the Covid 19 pandemic.

“A lot of the comments came from those who were not the target audience,” Bastien said.

“I would suggest Noraini reinstate the contest. It is not wrong. People should also look at other initiatives conducted by the ministry. The TikTok contest was not the be all and ends all of the Higher Education Ministry. It was just something on the side to keep interested youth occupied during the MCO,” he said.

Noraini’s promotional video for the TikTok Contest