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How to teach an old dog with new tricks?

BN turns to 10,000 cyber-troopers

General election will be decided by what people read online, says Rais

by Ram Anand

BARELY two months after saying that social media will probably die a natural death, Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim yesterday called on Barisan Nasional (BN) cybertroopers, admitting that the coming general election will be decided by what people read in the online spectrum.

To date, the ruling coalition has conducted seven social media conventions in different states and Rais, who launched the Selangor edition, yesterday, said he expected 10,000 new Twitter accounts to start disseminating information to the masses on BN’s behalf .

More than 800 attended the convention here, while nearly 10,000 were estimated to have attended all seven.

“I expect at least 800 new Twitters to spread my message after this, half focusing on city dwellers and half on those in rural areas. Let them know what the facts are. Counter all the slander that has been happening online,” Rais said.

“If people keep tweeting that ‘Bersih is bersih’, people will believe that the movement is genuine. Tweet back and start saying that Bersih is ‘kotor’ (dirty).”

Rais said conventional ideas would not work anymore if BN retained Selangor.

In March, Rais had reportedly said in Parliament that interest in social media would wane with time, with only youths subscribing to them, in stark contrast to his current stand, stating online media, including Facebook and Twitter, would be the one deciding the outcome of the next election.

Being a minister who had served under different prime ministers, he said he had to adapt to the changing trend of online media influence.

Rais said it would be good if more Malaysians shared the opinion of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who recently said the government should rethink absolute Internet freedom.

In an interview last Sunday, Dr Mahathir said he regretted granting absolute Internet freedom, a pledge he had made to woo more investors to Malaysia.

He said the Internet had became so porous and also admitted that he had not anticipated its power to agitate people and create problems.

He had said the amount of libel dominating the online spectrum needed to be minimised.

He said his ministry is working out ways to control online slander, but that did not mean the government would be practising censorship.

“Enforcing laws doesn’t mean we are censoring. For example, cheating, gambling and pornography on the Internet is an offence. We cannot disregard this just because of ‘absolute freedom’,” he said.

“The side effects of online freedom in the country should not make Malaysian society ‘lesser models’.

“Lasting peace will always be our most important element.”

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