Important role for ‘cyber-warriors’ in final stretch
In an email to the Editor, Aidil Yunus wrote:
The election is a week away. Both sides have actually had five years to be prepared. In the last election, Facebook, Twitter etc. were nowhere in the picture. These days they are the ‘main campaigning tools’.
The DAP is pretty much well prepared for cyber war. It is no secret that they have a dedicated team on a payroll to do just this. Their job is to harass, heckle, vilify and produce materials for propaganda to be circulated online. BN on the other side is not as prepared as PR. PR is lucky they have the DAP to rely on; an example is Wong Chen, who is riding on Hannah Yeoh’s cyber-machinery to win voters for the Kelana Jaya Parliamentary seat.
Forget about winning the hearts of those who have decided. The last-stage battle front is to help the undecided make a very much informed decision. This is what is needed. In the Batu Parliamentary seat, for example, many voters actually hate Tian Chua. Many will not be voting for him again. However there are many first-time voters who are Internet-savvy and are unsure who to vote for. Is Dominic good enough? Yet there is not much we know about Dominic. Not everyone goes to ceramahs to get to know the candidates. Our best bet is the Internet where these undecided voters will likely go.
All of us need to play our part now. Just look at the opposing side: They have no qualms in sharing whatever provocative propaganda materials. They don’t care if they are working for the Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar group of companies yet they are spreading hatred towards him. They openly state their political affiliation. However, many of us are afraid to do so. Some of my Chinese friends wait until the last minute to ‘come out from the closet’ that they are playing for the Blue Team. They know the consequences of being cyber-bullied by a PR lackey.
We need to do the following: get into the Facebook pages of our BN candidates, especially those who are ethnic Chinese. Help them. There are many nasty comments with no substance being posted by the opposing side to give the impression that they are not favoured to win. People like Rowena Yam in Pulau Tikus and Frankie Gan in Bukit Bintang are among those under attack. These candidates perhaps do not have enough campaigning manpower to help them with online media battles. Therefore we must help and cannot let PR win the war of creating the perception that the BN candidates are not worthy of our votes. Defend them with the hospitality of Malaysians. No foul language. Tell them it is not okay to harass these candidates. Campaigning online can be our contribution to the new dawn of Malaysia post-GE13.
If you are reading this, get started now. If you are brave enough like some of us, your battlefront should be media like Free Malaysia Today. Let’s create the perception that the support for BN is abundant. Don’t let PR win this battlefront during this final week. Gather friends who are able to counter silly arguments put forth by the opposing side (believe me, they are not that smart) and have teh tarik sessions while campaigning together online. Make a stand! Make it today! Be a cyber-warrior!
It seems like ethnic Chinese candidates are almost invisible in social media because they are wary of being harassed. Don’t be afraid! Get in touch with the administrators of pages supporting BN like http://www.facebook.com/LiesDapTold or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Barisan-Nasional/219708793830?hc_location=stream to help them campaign for you. If you decide not to care about your cyber front, you are as good as gone.