IS THERE A RED BEAN ARMY?
Utusan says, YES.
Lim Kit Siang says, HA HA HA, great imagination (or words to that effect while chuckling).
BN Publicity and Information Bureau chairperson Ahmad Maslan today suggested forming a ‘Blue Wave Army’, a cybertrooper unit, to answer allegations from the opposition’s purported ‘Red Bean Army’ (RBA) cybertroopers.
The ‘Red Bean Army’ is supposedly a team of 200 cybertroopers hired by DAP at a cost of RM108 million over the last six years, widely reported in Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia and Umno-linked New Straits Times.
Wan Azizah Jadi Mangsa Fitnah Melampau Blue Wave Army http://kalamdunia.blogspot.com/2014/04/wan-azizah-jadi-mangsa-fitnah-melampau.html … …
7 February 2018
Can the Azalina Committee on Fake News ascertain whether allegations that DAP had spent RM100 million to RM1 billion before last general elections to maintain a 3,000-strong cybertrooper Red Bean Army was fake news or not? –
The Azalina Committee on Fake News should find out what were the millions or even tens of millions of ringgit which UMNO and Barisan Nasional had spent on cybertroopers to manufacture and disseminate fake news in the country in the past five years.
An indication of the sums of monies expended by UMNO and Barisan Nasional on cybertroopers could be gleaned from the allegations made by UMNO/BN propagandists about the money the DAP spent on cybertroopers, particularly on the fictitious “Red Bean Army”.
Immediately after the last general elections five years ago, UMNO/BN propagandists went to town to allege the DAP funded a fictitious “Red Bean Army” (RBA) of 3,000 cybertroopers with a budget of RM100 million to RM1 billion in the previous six years to attack the UMNO/BN authorities and to defame UMNO/BN leaders over a whole variety of issues.
They even alleged that the RBA had two operational centres, one in Hotel Concorde in Kuala Lumpur and the other based in Komtar in Penang.
I recalled that when the UMNO/BN propagandists stepped up their barrage of lies, fake news and false information about the DAP-funded RBA, I led a team of DAP MPs accompanied by journalists to make a surprise visit to Concorde Hotel on the night of July 4, 2014.
We found Concorde Hotel – which was supposed to be one the two operational centres of the billion-ringgit Red Bean Army – crawling with UMNO leaders and operatives but no Red Bean Army. We found something even more shocking – that the exorbitant ice-kachang in Concorde Hotel had no red beans at all!
As a result, the UMNO/BN fairy tale of DAP-funded RBA became a national standing joke and it died a natural death, until half-hearted attempts were made desultorily in the past two years to revive the spurious allegations.
However, what was interesting about the UMNO/BN allegations about the RBA was that it revealed the modus operandi of UMNO/BN in recruiting cybertroopers, especially the funding involved – as no UMNO/BN cybertrooper or election worker will volunteer for free or work only for “water and sunshine” but had to be paid, and paid very handsomely!
The going rate for the UMNO/BN cybertroopers would be RM500 to RM3,000 monthly, including free telephone gadgets and laptops.
Last November, the UMNO Information Technnology Bureau organized a convention for some 3,500 UMNO cybertroopers.
Taking an average expenditure of RM2,000 a month for each UMNO cybertrooper, this would come to some RM7 million a year, and this would not include the expenditures incurred for cybertroopers engaged by other units or state outfits of UMNO/BN.
Who would finally foot the bill for these astronomical expenditures, if not the Malaysian taxpayers themselves?
Would the Azalina Committee on Fake News establish whether the fictitious Red Beans Army (RBA) with some 3,000 cybertroopers which the DAP had allegedly maintained before the 13th General Election, costing from RM100 million to RM1 billion, existed or not.
If yes, to produce proof; and if not, to come out with a clear-cut statement on the allegations was the fake news concocted by UMNO/BN cybertroopers?
(Media Statement on Wednesday, 7th February 2018)
1:00PM Apr 26, 2014
PKR steams over president ‘dead’ posting
Penang PKR Youth has condemned the owner of the Facebook account named Blue Wave Army for allegedly posting a picture of Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s purported death.
State PKR Youth chief Dr Afif Bahardin said that the posting of the photo of his party president’s death was “malicious”.
“We will lodge a police report today. We urge the police to treat the matter seriously and take appropriate action against those who spread such false news and malicious slander,” the state executive councillor for health said in a statement today.
State PKR Youth has confirmed that it’s members will lodge a report today at the Bayan Baru police station at 2.30pm.
The contentious photo carried the words ‘the wife of opposition leader dato (sic) seri wan azizah has breathe her last at 7pm sharp just now. Al-fatihah. With this, another bastard female martyr in pr is gone. Alhamdulillah.’
Afif said if immediate action could be taken against the suspect who had allegedly uploaded a photo of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s wife, Rosmah Mansor “dead body”, the police should act speedily against the person who had acted in similar fashion against Wan Azizah.
IS THIS THE FACEBOOK OF BARISAN NASIONAL’S BLUE WAVE ARMY?
we love Islam !
Ahli – ahli UMNO akan bersama – sama PAS menyokong undang – undang hudud direalisasi kan di Kelantan dahulu ( kemudian kita akan sama – sama lihat siapa yang a…
FACT OR FRAUD ! ?
pernah kah sesiapa lihat UMNO membenar kan MCA atau MIC masuk ke dalam masjid dan ada kah pernah pemimpin MCA atau MIC itu pernah ingin sengaja mencerobohi memasuki ke dalam masjid umat Islam itu pula seperti mereka ini meh ! ?
Stop Red Bean Army from threatening national harmony, says Senator Yahaya
KUALA LUMPUR: A government supporter today called on the authorities to act against the Red Bean Army (RBA), which he described as a threat to harmony in the country.
Senator Datuk Yahaya Mat Ghani said these opposition-linked cyber-troopers had crossed the line of human decency with their extreme negative actions (postings) to serve their vested interest.
He said besides countering negative news reports from the foreign media, the government needed to be more aggressive in dealing with “evil hands” from within the country which were spewing lies and slander through the RBA.
“The RBA is a misfortune to the nation; it’s creating problems for the people. Although hundreds of police reports have been lodged against the RBA, still no action has been ta
4:43PM Apr 13, 2014
‘Blue Wave Army’ mooted to repel ‘Red Bean Army’
BN Publicity and Information Bureau chairperson Ahmad Maslan today suggested forming a cybertrooper unit to answer allegations from the opposition’s purported ‘Red Bean Army’ (RBA) cybertroopers.
Ahmad, who is keen to name it ‘Blue Wave Army,’ said it could also provide authentic explanations to the community on issues that were frequently distorted by the opposition such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
“Most importantly, we will not follow their way. We will not slander and only tell the true story and on matters that need to be explained to the people.
“But if they attack us, we will reply. We will not allow them to attack us just like that,” he told reporters after officiating the Cheras Umno division convention themed ‘Sympathise with the people’s problems’ in Kuala Lumpur.
At the Dewan Rakyat
Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN – Kinabatangan) sekali lagi mencetuskan rasa tidak puas hati ahli parlimen pembangkang apabila mendakwa Read Bean Army didukung oleh pemimpin DAP.
Wakil Rakyat Pakatan terus tampil meminta beliau mengemukakan bukti dan pertikaman lidah berlaku sesama ahli Dewan Rakyat hari ini.
Video: Bung Mokhtar: DAP, PJ Utara, Seputeh dukung ‘Red Bean Army’
Kit Siang dares police to raid Red Bean Army HQ
Thursday, 04 July 2013 12:21
VIDEO BN, Red Bean Cabinet: Shahidan, most gullible minister
Kit Siang terkejut Shahidan percaya pembohongan “Red Bean Army” (gambar di dalam)
Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Jailani Johari SPILLS THE BEANS: We haven’t identified anyone in the Red Bean Army…
PARLIAMENT The government has yet to identify the alleged cybertrooper group called the Red Bean Army, a deputy minister admitted today.
Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Jailani Johari said that the ministry has not identified those who make up the allegedly DAP funded group.
“We do not know who they are yet, though we have received information that they are funded from that side (opposition),” he said during Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat today.
He said that his ministry and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) are still investigating the matter.
Ice Kacang with the Red Bean army general. pic.twitter.com/FhXfTtMrfc
Lim Kit Siang: If the Cabinet sets up a RCI on the alleged DAP-funded “Red Bean Army”, Malaysia will make history as the first country in the world which establishes a RCI on a fictitious allegation.
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 17:44
RM350 MILLION for Umno cyberwarriors to ensure continuous LIES, SEX TAPES, SCANDALS!
Written by Lim Kit Siang
I am tickled no end by news report today that the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Shahidan Kassim would raise in the Cabinet on Friday the proposal for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the allegation that DAP funded the “Red Bean Army” cybertroopers during the 13GE to demonise UMNO/BN leaders and supporters.
Ini cina lebih dari MCA
Kit Siang takes Red Bean Army dig at Umno
DAP national adviser Lim Kit Siang said today that he finally understood why the party was accused of funding a band of cyber-troopers to cause racial disharmony.
“Today I know why these stories about the Red Bean Army (RBA) were made up. There is a proposal made by Umno members for a RM250 million allocation to fight the RBA,” Lim told Parliament, drawing chuckles from the Opposition MPs.
“They have a vested interest in this. They want Umno leaders to allocate to fight them but it is not for the fight. It is for their own riches,” Lim said.
At this point, Tasek Gelugor MP Shabudin Yahaya interjected and demanded that Lim retract his words against Umno as it went against the House rules.
However, Speaker Ismail Mohamed disagreed and asked Lim to go on.
“When people define a situation to be real, it is real in its consequences.” W.I. Thomas, Polish sociologist.
In the 1950s, my father’s friend came to believe that the man next door was trying to lure his wife away, so he acted accordingly. He waited for the man to go inside the outdoor toilet, hammered the wooden door shut with a couple of nails, and set the whole structure on fire. Luckily, the man inside didn’t die. Unluckily, the magistrate sentenced Father’s friend to a spell at the T.R. Mental Hospital.
These people who form the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM) believe that the Red Bean Army exists, and act accordingly.
Kit Siang: Utusan Malaysia hired ‘serial liars’ for Umno’s anti-DAP plot
BY CLARA CHOOI
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
June 05, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 — Lim Kit Siang today accused Utusan Malaysia of hiring a team of “serial liars” to help the newspaper in its alleged role as the mouthpiece for Umno’s “DDD Brigade”, a campaign he claims was masterminded by the ruling party to destroy the DAP.
The DAP adviser even listed out four categories of the alleged “serial liars” working in the Umno-owned daily — from the editorial ranks of the paper, former DAP leaders, a group of Barisan Nasional (BN) party hacks, and “guest serial liars”, a term Lim used to describe Utusan’s pro-Umno guest columnists.
“Undoubtedly, Utusan Malaysia stands head and shoulders above all media, not only in Malaysia but world-wide, as the champion serial liar as the centrepiece of the Demolish/Destroy DAP (DDD) Brigade in the 13GE,” he said, using the abbreviation that refers to the 13th general election.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 — It was a rich Umno that formed a special “DDD Brigade” and dreamt up the fictitious “Red Bean Army” as part of an elaborate plot to take down the DAP at the elections, Lim Kit Siang said today.
In a bid to crush rumours linking his party to a purported 3,000-strong band of digital warriors named after a legume popularly used in Chinese desserts, the veteran opposition lawmaker sought to reverse the table on his party’s political foe by accusing advisors close to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of funding a secret and elaborate scheme to “demonise and destroy the DAP”, or DDD for short, from last September.
“The spawning of the outrageous allegation of a fictitious DAP-funded ‘Red Bean Army’ of 3,000 cybertroopers with a budget of RM100 million to RM1 billion in the past six years is just one of tasks of this secretive but well-funded ‘DDD’ Brigade,” the Gelang Patah MP said in a statement.
He claimed that the DAP’s investigations had showed the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition through its anchor party, Umno, had conspired against the mostly Chinese party eight months before Najib announced Parliament would be dissolved on April 3, to pave the way for Malaysia’s 13th general election.
The “DDD Brigade”, according to Lim, was tasked with sowing distrust, conflict and strife among DAP members, to question the party leadership’s credibility in public by painting it as a Chinese chauvinist party that is anti-Malay and anti-Indian.
He noted that the brigade had raised its attacks against the DAP after its party elections last December 16 by harping on about technical glitches over the party’s poll results as covering up major irregularities and pushing for its deregistration as a political entity.
Kit Siang: BN cooked up ‘Red Bean Army’ to burn DAP
BY CLARA CHOOI
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
June 03, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 ― Lim Kit Siang accused Barisan Nasional (BN) today of an elaborate conspiracy allegedly orchestrated with the help of former DAP members to demonise the opposition party ahead of and following Election 2013.
The DAP adviser claimed in a statement here that a preliminary inquiry has revealed that the conspiracy was hatched some three months before Parliament was dissolved on April 3, and was aimed at running down the party’s image ahead of the crucial polls.
According to Lim, the ploy included allegations of the “fictitious Red Bean army (RBA)”, a purported online operation of cybertroopers allegedly funded by the DAP to incite hatred, particularly among the Chinese, against BN.
“The main purveyors of the lies about the ‘Red Bean Army’ are the Umno/BN owned/controlled print media, which include Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times, Berita Harian and Star, both before and after the 13th General Election on May 5,” the Gelang Patah MP alleged in the statement.
“But the lies about the so-called DAP-funded Red Beans Army were only part of a larger plot since early January to demonise the DAP with lies and falsehoods and it is sad that there are former DAP members and leaders who were prepared to stoop so low as to tell lies and falsehoods to further this Umno/BN agenda,” he added.
The political veteran, however, appeared to scoff at the alleged attempt to damage his party’s image at the polls, pointing out that it had not worked as the DAP went on to score a significant 38 parliamentary and 95 state assembly seats.
“Their lies and falsehoods cannot hurt DAP as nobody would believe them,” he said.
NGOs not boycotting Chinese, just ‘unpatriotic companies’
A group of Muslim NGOs, led by the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM), which urged a boycott of purportedly pro-Pakatan Rakyat companies, said today it was DAP’s supposed ‘Red Bean Army’ which first started such boycotts.
“Some of the slander against us is that we are ruining the economy, that we are extremist and much more.
“But I would like to share that the ‘Red Bean Army’ is the one that started it first. They started systematically in 2011,” PPIM executive secretary Nadzim Johan told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
According to Nadzim, the ‘Red Bean Army’ started an online campaign in 2011 calling for the boycott of breadmakers Gardenia.
“They said boycott Gardenia because it is an Umno brand, it is linked to politics, but I do not know when Gardenia became an Umno brand.
“Their purpose is just to demonise and dislodge Umno,” he said.
Have to find out why so many mentions of beans on my timeline
@hannahyeoh UMNO said DAP have Red Bean Army.
Utusan Malaysia front-paged a report on the RBA yesterday, alleging that some 200 RBA members are on the DAP’s payroll earning up to RM3,000 monthly and that the party has been spending some RM1.5 million over the past six years to fund the operation.
The report also claimed that the duty of the RBA is to attack any politician, businessman or entertainer who are seen as pro-BN via social media sites.
The army allegedly functions in two areas – one from a hotel in Kuala Lumpur and another based in Komtar, Penang, where the DAP helms the state government.
In the New Straits Times today, ex-PKR Youth information bureau secretary Nordin Ahmad said opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim too was fully aware of the RBA and has been utilising them to spread falsehoods about the BN government.
“Among others, this group is responsible for the vicious rumour circulating online that several polling centres had suffered blackouts during the vote-counting process on May 5, sparking claims of election irregularities,” he was quoted as saying.
Nordin also alleged that Anwar had employed the RBA’s services the moment Pakatan Rakyat (PR) was formed after the March 2008 polls.
Little is known about the so-called “Red Bean Army” apart from what is being claimed by pro-Umno blogs, Utusan and pro-MCA activist Shen Yee Aun.
Shen, a former DAP member, claimed that the “Red Bean Army” had a membership of between 2,000 and 3,000 and had been operating for six years.
Utusan has claimed that each “Red Bean Army” member was paid RM3,000 a month, but the numbers don’t add up because with 200 members, it would cost RM7.2 million a year and not RM15 million.
Thus far, no one has offered any concrete proof to show that the “Red Bean Army” is a real menace, and not just a silly name floating on the Internet.
‘Red Bean Army’ a figment of Utusan’s imagination: Kit Siang
KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 – Lim Kit Siang denied any knowledge today of the “Red Bean Army” (RBA), an online operation of cybertroopers allegedly funded by the DAP to incite hatred, particularly among the Chinese, against Barisan Nasional (BN).
The 72-year-old DAP veteran said in a statement here that he had never heard before about the RBA until Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia reported about it, adding that it was merely a figment of the daily’s imagination and that of its owners.
“Let me state clearly and categorically that until a few days ago when I came across the Utusan Malaysia series of write-ups on the so-called ‘Red Bean Army’, I have not heard of the term before,” he said.
DAP has denied claims that the party has a stable of 200 paid cybertroopers, dubbed the “Red Bean Army” by Utusan Malaysia, charged with demonising BN over the past six years.
In a press release today, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said that that if 200 cybertroopers were to cost the party RM15 million a year, as claimed by Utusan, that means DAP would have paid RM108 million over the past six years.
“DAP just does not have this type of money although to Umno and BN, this is just a drop in the ocean of their funds!
“DAP does not pay a single sen to any cybertroopers, unlike Umno and BN which used (millions) to organise social media conventions all over the country to raise an army of 10,000 cybertroopers in the run-up to the 13th general elections.
“Should we call these 10,000 cybertroopers the ‘Belachan Army‘, ‘Ikan Bakar Army‘ or ‘Cincin Army‘?” quipped Lim.
Lim said he had never heard of the term “Red Bean Army” until a few days ago while reading Utusan, which claimed that the group’s modus operandi was to launch online attacks against any politician, businessman or entertainer who are seen to be pro-BN.
An ‘invisible’ army
Newly appointed Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi believes this to be true and said that the police, along with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), will catch those who break the law.
Lim said that he wished that the authorities will indeed do so and catch those who had defamed him during the general election campaign.
26 May 2013| last updated at 01:17AM
‘Anwar using Red Bean Army to incite hatred’
KUALA LUMPUR: A former PKR leader has claimed that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is utilising a band of cyber troopers, known as the Red Bean Army (RBA), in an elaborate effort to incite hatred against the government by spreading falsehoods over social media.
Ex-PKR Youth information bureau secretary Nordin Ahmad told the New Sunday Times Anwar was fully aware of the existence of the RBA, which he claimed had been operating for the past six years.
“Among others, this group is responsible for the vicious rumour circulating online that several polling centres had suffered blackouts during the vote-counting process on May 5, sparking claims of election irregularities.”
He also claimed that Anwar had employed the services of the RBA, which is believed to be DAP-funded, after Pakatan was formed in March 2008.
Nordin said the group’s subtle but effective propaganda had managed to influence many Malaysians into thinking that the elections were mired with fraud, thus enabling Anwar to stage a series of rallies called Blackout 505.
“When Pakatan appeared to be losing that day, social network sites like Facebook were bombarded with claims of blackouts and many Malaysians chose to believe the rumours. That’s the extent of the RBA’s influence.”
Nordin, who was a strong supporter of Anwar in 1999, explained that the series of alleged blackouts had “conveniently” given Anwar a valid reason not to retire from politics despite promising to do so should the opposition pact fail to win the election.
“Now Anwar says he cannot retire until the Barisan Nasional government and the Election Commission admit that the election was fraudulent in nature. That is why he had been openly supporting the Bersih rallies in the past,” he said.
Nordin said the recent Bersih rallies, which called for free and fair elections, had provided Anwar a platform to convince the public that the EC was untrustworthy.
“After the people became certain that the EC’s credibility was compromised, all the RBA had to do was to post a picture purportedly showing EC staff counting votes in the dark to ignite the Blackout movement.”