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In Malaysia, online election battles take a nasty turn

May 04, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Ahead of Malayasia’s elections tomorrow, independent online media say they are being targeted in Internet attacks which filter content and throttle access to websites, threatening to deprive voters of their main source of independent reporting.

Independent online news sites have emerged in recent years to challenge the dominance of mostly government-linked traditional media. The government denies any attempts to hobble access to the Internet in the run-up to a close-fought election.

“During the 2008 election we were wiped off the Internet,” said Premesh Chandran, CEO of independent online news provider Malaysiakini.

“Our concern is that we’ll see a repeat of that on May 5. Can we really live without independent media on election night, given that both sides might not accept the result?”

Malaysiakini was set up in the late 1990s to test the government’s push to lure technology companies to the country by promising not to censor the Internet. Other news websites have followed, including The Malaysian Insider, which set up shop down the street from Malaysiakini in 2008.

Such websites have emerged as an important source of news to counter the traditional media, most of which are owned by interests linked to the ruling Barisan Nasional or BN coalition.

The BN’s dominance of media is one of its crucial advantages as it fends off an increasingly potent opposition that made impressive election gains in 2008. Sunday’s election is expected to be the closest yet, though Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is favoured to win.

Leading opposition politicians who attract big campaign crowds in cities say they get a much cooler reception in rural areas, where access to the Internet is rarer.

In Malaysia, online election battles take a nasty turn




Saturday, May 04, 2013, 13:53 PM


The Star is better..

Saturday May 4, 2013


GE13: MAS announces overwhelming response to election season flights, launches new discount campaignLatest News

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has received an overwhelming response for its general election promotion campaign, with 34,000 seats snapped up within two weeks.

GE13: Ghani appeals to young voters not to swayed by racial sentimentsLatest News

JOHOR BARU: State Barisan Nasional Chief Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman has appealed to young voters not to be emotional and vote based on racial sentiments which have been played up by the Opposition in the state.

GE13: Pakatan Rakyat has run Selangor capably, says Khalid in campaign speechLatest News

SABAK BERNAM: Caretaker Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim made a surprise visit to the furthest end of Selangor on the last leg of campaigning.

GE13: Police – Bombs designed to scare votersLatest News

KUALA LUMPUR: The four-bomb scare, which occurred in Kepong, Seri Kembangan, Puchong and Merchant Square in Petaling Jaya were designed to scare voters.

GE13: Ghani has track record of ensuring development for all communities, says ChuaLatest News

BATU PAHAT: Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman is a proven moderate and capable leader who will continue to take care of multi-ethnic Malaysians and develop Johor, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

GE13: Inspection of ballot boxes in police lock-up falls under PDRM not EC, says Pahang EC directorLatest News

KUANTAN: Entry into a police lock-up for inspection of ballot boxes falls under police procedure and not the Election Commission (EC), says Pahang EC director Othman Noh.

GE13: Police identify group planning Malaysian Spring, says deputy IGP (Updated)Latest News

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have identified a group, which is trying to organise Malaysian Spring similar to the Arab Spring.

GE13: Wong Tack’s camp urges gentlemanly conductLatest News

BENTONG: Wong Tack’s camp is calling for those who hung banners that called Wong a liar to be “gentleman”.

GE13: PLUS – Traffic smooth along NSE as polling day draws nearLatest News

PETALING JAYA: Traffic is still smooth along the North-South Expressway (NSE) although there is an increase in vehicles plying the route.

GE13: Muhyiddin starts final campaign day by having breakfast with the peopleLatest News

LEDANG (Johor): Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin began the final campaign day on Saturday by having breakfast with the people at the Gerai Kebun Baru food court here.


GE13: Motorcycle convoys prohibited from roads on polling day, says Perak police chief Latest News

IPOH: Motorcycle convoys are prohibited from using the road on Sunday to ensure the roads are clear for polling day.

GE13 Campaign Trail – PutrajayaLatest News

Follow the GE13 campaign trail in Putrajaya on storify.

GE13: Stick with Barisan, Najib tells Chinese voters

PETALING JAYA: The Malay and Chinese communities must work together and not allow themselves to be polarised because of politics, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

GE13: PM – Barisan confident of victory in tomorrow’s polls

PETALING JAYA: The Barisan Nasional is confident of victory in tomorrow’s general election, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

GE13: May 5 — a start for a better Malaysia

TOMORROW, Malaysians go to the polls. The finishing line is in sight for a GE13 race that has been tough, gruelling and, at times, extremely emotional.

Sweet memories: Sarawak ‘kek lapis’ (layer cake) makers Dayang Saidah Abang Julhi (left) and Dayang Sastuyah Abang Julhi showing their colourful creation made in conjunction with the 13th general election at Medan Niaga Satok in Kuching. — Bernama

GE13: Mustafa denies being man in video at explain-all event

MARANG: In a highly-anticipated “explain-all” event, PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali has denied he is the man in a sex video implicating him.

GE13: IGP – Police will remain professional during and after general election

KUALA LUMPUR: The police have assured all Malaysians that it will continue to maintain public safety and security regardless of which coalition wins the general election tomorrow.

GE13: Employees rooting for May 6 to be declared public holiday

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian employees may be rooting for different parties in the election, but most are united in wanting May 6 to be declared a public holiday.

GE13: Anwar is bullish on capturing Putrajaya

KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has declared that Pakatan Rakyat will win its way to Putrajaya, saying it could win 53% of the parliamentary seats.

GE13: Parties going all-out on the campaign circuit on eve of polling

PETALING JAYA: It is crunch time as both sides of the political divide make full use of the last day of campaigning and race towards the finish line.

GE13: DAP owes people an answer on hudud, says Hisham

JOHOR BARU: The DAP must make its stand on hudud clearly and explain to Malaysians if it fully supports the implementation of the Islamic law by PAS, said Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

GE13: SPAD to help ensure a smooth ride for voters

KOTA TINGGI: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will immediately approve temporary permits for express bus companies ferrying people back to their hometowns to vote on polling day.

GE13: Malaysians must reject political violence, says Gan

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians must firmly reject all forms of political violence no matter which party does it, says MCA vice-president Gan Ping Sieu.

GE13: Terengganu cops expect increase in road traffic

KUALA TERENGGANU: A spike in traffic is expected today with voters travelling back ahead of polling day.

GE13: Soi Lek fears for race ties

LABIS: Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek fears the current hate politics propagated by the Opposition in Johor may cause a serious rift between the Chinese and Malays.

GE13: Barisan ready for new chapter in Selangor

DENGKIL: Selangor Barisan Nasional is ready for a new chapter in the state, having reinvigorated the party machinery, restored the people’s confidence and apologised for past mistakes, said its chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

GE13: One million houses to be built by various agencies, says Najib

KLANG: Affordable housing is a priority for Barisan Nasional as it encourages both home ownership and help home owners generate personal wealth, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

GE13: Barisan ready for new chapter in Selangor

DENGKIL: Selangor Barisan Nasional is ready for a new chapter in the state – having reinvigorated the party machinery, restored the people’s confidence and apologised for past mistakes, said its chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.


Online portals are, of course, one-sided. On the side of the Opposition.


  • Ripples to hit Johor, tsunami remains to be seen
  • ANALYSIS JOHOR Pakatan’s ‘invasion’ into BN’s southern stronghold will definitely cause a ripple, but whether it’s enough is still anyone’s guess. [VIDEO]  
  • I’m no Romeo, says DAP Likas candidate
  • SABAH Junz Wong claims graphics of him and many women were cropped from pictures on his Facebook account, and were from before he joined politics.  
  • Beware of fake SMS news alerts
  • Fake news, purportedly from top Malaysian news websites, are being sent to voters in the final hours of the GE13 campaign.  

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