2 January 2018
Who will win the GE14 cyber war?
CYBERTROOPERS from both sides of the political divide are gearing up for an internet war that is likely to intensify in the lead-up to the 14th general election.
Umno blogger Budak Sri Kinta told The Malaysian Insight the party uses thousands of keyboard warriors to attack or rebut the opposition as well as spread news favourable to Barisan Nasional (BN).
“Most of us are voluntary, of course, but there are some who are full time or part time. Anyone can be a keyboard warrior, as long as you know how to use social media,” he said.
He decided to become a full-time cybertrooper to help Umno win the war of perception on the internet after BN had lost its two-thirds majority in Dewan Rakyat and five out of 13 states in 2008.
An MCA member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the party must pay internet warriors or no one would bother to monitor the internet round the clock, especially during the elections to refute the opposition.
“The team has about 100 people. The articles they write are very professional, with privileged information ordinary people have no access to. The lower and middle-level cybertroopers make at least RM3,000 a month, it’s lucrative,” he said.
However, he said, MCA does not have as much financial resources as Umno, where a constituency receives up to RM1 million to hire cybertroopers while MCA only allocates several thousands.
Former DAP leader Hew Kuan Yau said there is no need for the opposition to compete on monetary terms with BN as long as they can produce content with the elements of CIA – creative (C), intelligent (I) and contain solid arguments (A).
“Creativity is king. All DAP leaders lack resources and have to fork out their own money to promote their content on social media.
Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang acknowledged that BN remains unpopular with the people and its leaders must rely on building their own personal brands.
“If a party is unpopular, you will not get attention regardless of whether your party is performing or not, and especially if the online promotion method is too conservative or boring.
“The campaigns have to be personalised as people knowing your party through you is more effective,” he said.
Jason Loo, an upcoming politician who is expected to stand as a Gerakan candidate at Pulau Tikus, Penang, said he relied on an active social media presence and regularly organising press conference to highlight issues in Penang to win the party’s attention.
“Gerakan gives me the freedom to speak on Facebook. Nobody knew me when I first started but now a lot of people know where I stand on issues. Young politicians should use social media to promote themselves and the party more.” – January 2, 2018.
GE 13: PR cyber troopers beat BN cyber troopers hands down…
WAS THIS THE WORK OF BN CYBERTROOPERS?
Friday, 17 May 2013 11:59
CONFIRMED, Anwar poll was wrong: It was hijacked by cybertroopers – the Edge
Business news website The Edge has said the results of a recent online poll on PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim was “compromised” and has likely been hijacked by cybertroopers.
In a report yesterday the website reported that the threefold spike in respondents to that particular survey fuelled suspicion as the site normally attracted 2,000 to 4,000 respondents.
“On Tuesday May 14, when The Edge’s online editor Ho Wah Foon saw that the one-week survey had attracted 12,736 responses which were overwhelmingly one-sided, she immediately took down the poll.
“Upon checking, the Edge’s IT department found that 6,354 of the responses came from one IP address, and about 1,700 came from several IP addresses within the same building.
“Another 2,000 responses came from seven different IP addresses.
“From this, it was obvious that the poll had been compromised and the results could not be treated as reliable or objective,” said the website.
The online poll had asked readers whether Anwar should continue to lead Pakatan Rakyat or step down following the coalition’s failure to win in the May 5 general election.
A whopping 10,396 of the 12,736 polled felt that Anwar “should call it quits” as he made this pledge to step down should Pakatan fail to wrest federal power on May 5.
Social media wars: Of Pakatan, parodies & ‘dirty politics’
Copycats’ the new form of cyber video wars
The competitive atmosphere on the social media has become intense lately as the 13th general election is looming, with both BN and Pakatan Rakyat sabotaging each other by plagiarising their rival’s political videos.
More videos have been published on the Internet by members and supporters from both sides of the political divide since the dissolution of Parliament, as part of the parties’ publicity campaign in the national polls.
However, reproductions of the videos will appear subsequently with different subtitles and voice-overs, or with some doctored footage, to spread a completely different message from the original.
Last month, the MCA Youth and Beliawanis co-launched a short video to counter popular DAP speaker Hew Kuan Yew’s (right) alleged use of crude language during his ceramah sessions.
After this, Pakatan supporters quickly hit back by reproducing the political video with a slightly different footage, taunting MCA president Chua Soi Lek of his involvement in a sex scandal five years ago.
IN DEFENCE OF SHEN YEE AUN
SYA Friends (Defence)This few days i bump into alot of posting on SYA(shen yun aun) and leng yein(Miss Malaysia finalist) . Guys please dont create story up !!, i came up with alot funny story all over the internet . Accusing Leng yein/other girls sleeping with SYA. well true or not thats not our problem, if you guys wanted to attack “SYA personality” just go to his facebook and do it –http://www.facebook.com/shenyeeaunAlot of SYA friends is innocent , dont let political rage blind your sight. We are not macai !!For what i know , SYA was once cheated by a girl and almost ruin his career (woman that just want him for his money),based on report he was earning RM40k per month and after the break up his only doing RM600 per month..I’ve been cheated by a woman before, i know how that felt…….his a nice person but his political view is very confusing/uncertain sometime.Alot of people pro BN page label Politicalgags as cybertrooper PR, macai DAP……to tell you the truth, I’m not a big supporter of PR/BN , I’m on team Malaysia.
MCA or DAP , thats his choice..
WOW! THEY ARE REALLY AFTER HIM!
Are these photos photo-shopped/doctored?
Mar 23, 2013 6:09am
TV3 News : SYA , Malaysia Youth Rights Movement , 1 Malaysia Brother Protest Against Lim Guan Eng
Another Expose of Shen Yee Aun
Running dog of MCA, Shen Yee Aun
MCA is fighting for Ketuanan Melayu?
MCA hates UCSCAM?
Can you believe what this running dog of MCA, Shen Yee Aun was talking about?
Now you know what MCA left and the quality they have. [curi]
Click on the link:
They have already attacked Anwar with another sex video. (Another sex video, another attempt to smear Anwar Ibrahim)
Done the same to DAP’s ‘Superman’. (MCA attacks DAP’s ‘Superman’ for being vulgar and crude..)
Next: Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim
Free Malaysia Today
Saifuddin said he received a call from some people about three days ago and was told about the videos and photographs.
The Machang MP, together with other leaders, said that he met the agents in Kuala Lumpur, and was shown two videos and photographs.
“I don’t know who these people are but they seem to be in the know of production work. It looks like they want to inflict maximum damage on us nearing general election,” said Saifuddin.
‘Umno plots ‘sex attacks’, targets Nurul as well’
PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution claims that he was shown footages by several Umno agents purportedly aimed at implicating several senior party leaders.
PETALING JAYA: Umno agents are planning to reveal more videos on senior PKR leaders, purportedly linking them to sexual misconduct, said PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution.
Speaking at a press conference held at the party headquarters, Saifuddin said that the Umno agents are now targeting four PKR leaders.
“They are targeting Anwar (Ibrahim) and Nurul (Izzah Anwar). The other videos supposedly implicating other leaders such as Khalid (Ibrahim) are still being manufactured,” said Saifuddin, who was flanked by PKR communications director Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.
Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar and Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim are among PKR leaders who stand to be implicated in new videos that may be released by Umno agents in the future, claims PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution.
Saifuddin claimed that he had been shown “teasers” of the videos featuring Opposition Leader Anwar and his daughter Nurul Izzah (right) in Kuala Lumpur “two or three days ago”.
He said that Umno agents used the videos as a warning to him, but Saifuddin said PKR is unfazed by the threats, as such things have become”bred and butter” issues for the party over the last 14 years.
Meanwhile, he said sources have informed him that a video on Khalid is also being “manufactured”.
However, according to Saifuddin, the videos do not appear convincing.
Shen Yee Aun, pro MCA social activist, comes under attack
Free Malaysia Today
NGO to take legal action against cyber bullies
The Malaysian Youth Rights Movement has also lodged a report with the MCMC to stop the bullies allegedly allied to a Pakatan Rakyat component party.
GEORGE TOWN: A social activist is so fed up with the abuses of cyber bullies allegedly linked to Pakatan Rakyat that he has decided to take legal action against them.
Shen Yee Aun, who heads Malaysian Youth Rights Movement (MYRM), has lodged a report with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
He plans to lodge a police report in next few days and file a civil libel suit against the bullies, who have identified themselves as members of the Red Bean Army (RBA).
RBA is linked to a dominant political party within the Pakatan family.
With the next general election around the corner, Shen said the cyber war has intensified, with the cyber bullies spinning stories and twisting facts.
He said the RBA cyber bullies have threatened, intimidated and racially abused any commentators, who they thought favour Barisan Nasional or are anti-Pakatan.
Social media wars: A look at BN Cybertroopers
Streamed live on Mar 23, 2013
KiniFocus: The cyber world has become the latest battleground in Malaysian politics and ruling coalition Barisan Nasional is prepared with its army of cybertroopers, KiniFocus takes a look into their world – from the youth who have volunteered for the cause to the mentors who coach them.
Reporter: Sumisha Naidu
Videographer; Afandi Zulkefly
Visual Editor: Azudin Hidzir
Cyber wars: Pro-govt supporters parody Anwar, Pakatan Rakyat
Published on Mar 22, 2013
It’s a bird, it’s a plane..no, it’s Anwar Ibrahim. In the latest cyber attack in Malaysia’s politcal sphere, an impressively animated clip called “Mr Mansuh” appears to portray the Opposition leader as a hero – but keep watching and it’s soon evident he’s the villain of this story.
For more on Malaysia’s cyber wars, tune in to KiniTV’s YouTube channel for our special on the BN cyber troopers on Saturday, March 23 at 2pm.
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“End your sentences with a question mark” – that was Hulu Selangor MP P Kamalanathan’s advice to BN cybertroopers to avoid lawsuits as they cross swords with their Pakatan Rakyat counterparts in the run-up to the general election.
Alternatively, Kamalanathan told the BN volunteers that they could reword their sentences differently.
“Just say, ‘In my opinion, I think he is a gay’ – I didn’t say any names, did I say any names?
“I said ‘in my opinion’ – my opinion may be wrong, my opinion can be right, so can you sue me?” said the MP, who is a public relations practitioner.
The advice by the BN leader was part of a sneak peek given to KiniTV at the recently concluded BN Youth Cyber Team convention.
Borneo Post online
BN ready to tackle cyberspace threats
Posted on March 18, 2013, Monday
SIBU: The state BN’s cyber troopers are up and ready to ‘shoot’ down the opposition’s baseless allegations and lies as cyberspace has become a new political battlefield, especially with the looming General Election.
This is particularly so with the bulk of new voters being young voters who are IT-savvy and cyberspace has become the main source of information for the young generation.
State BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi said yesterday they are fully prepared to fight the opposition in cyberspace.
“We have intensified our cyber troopers to counter the allegations and lies made by the opposition,” assured Dr Rundi,
who is also Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications).
BN’s ‘Cyber-Warriors’ Exposed!
28 Feb 2013
Trademark logo – all the sites carry the same slogan, which is not surprising since they are all written by the same small group of paid journalists.
They pose as ordinary folk, describing themselves as “a fraternity of local bloggers each with their own unique and respective backgrounds”.
However, we can reveal that a new network of pro-BN websites is actually a front run by a handful of paid journalists, who are secretly financed by Awang Tengah and organised by Taib’s chief political secretary, Abdullah Saidol.
‘Bloggers Anak Sarawak’ consists of a number of strikingly similar sites, all topped by the same logo and all targeted against websites critical of BN, most specifically Sarawak Report.
Launched last year the sites still have painfully few followers, with many of the same 16 ‘members’ showing up across the different blogs.
Likewise, many of their articles appear to have received zero comments.
Sabah BN to train ‘cyber troopers’ on psych warfare
May 23, 2012
Chief Minister Musa will attend the closing ceremony on Sunday. — File pic
KOTA KINABALU, May 23 — Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth will hold a cyber troopers workshop for three days from Friday at 1 Borneo in Likas near here to step up preparations for the next general election.
Its chief, Sh Sahar Sh Anding, said 85 BN Youth members would participate in the workshop, organised by the new media unit of the movement.
Sh Sahar, who heads the unit, said the workshop would be opened by Sabah BN co-ordinating deputy chairman Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak on Friday and closed by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman on Sunday.
He said the programme would, among others, provide exposure and information on co-ordinating and streamlining the BN’s new media psychological warfare unit besides enhancing skills pertaining to use of new media applications such as Facebook, blogs, Twitter, YouTube.
The participants would also be briefed on the operational limits as defined by law, he said in a statement. — Bernama