Barisan’s lead in the cyber war is written all over the tunnel walls

“Guan Eng’s biggest flaw – the mother of them all – is his refusal to change his ways no matter the writings on the wall. People like him are under the impression that lies, when repeated tirelessly over a period of time, are easier bought than the truth itself. He actually thinks that the age-old strategy is going to deliver his DAP more votes as people ‘punish’ the ruling coalition for persecuting him”

THE THIRD FORCE

Barisan Nasional has improved its social media presence since 2013. True. However, that isn’t the real reason it’s winning the cyber war. Unlike Malaysiakini or other DAP sponsored portals, you don’t find government-friendly bloggers dishing out fairy tales or embroidered ‘truths’ the way Sarawak Report or the Asian Sentinel does. Today, the ruling coalition is more concerned with the quality of each presentation than it is the quantity of presentations.

And they’ve set the bar high.

Gone are the days when one could get away narrating an entire episode of “who dunnit” hinged solely on claims made by “well-placed sources.” Today, Barisan Nasional wants you to spit out who your source is and why that source should be trusted. If you’re going to float fictitious names the way Clare Rewcastle Brown does, you’d be better off writing for Dr Mahathir Mohamad who’s willing to pay millions upon millions for stuff that’s better suited for Penguin Books than it is for seekers of truth.

The ruling coalition prefers that its team sticks to verifiable facts and refrains from writing conjectural essays. If it’s corruption you’re talking about, you either have documents and testimonies to back your claims or conduct discoveries to obtain them. There is absolutely no logic in making guesses no matter how educated they may seem. If it’s the amount Bank Negara gambled away through the forex market that you’re seeking, you simply set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to probe the matter before presenting your case with absolute conviction.

And that is precisely why Barisan is winning the cyber war. Not because its writers are promised bags full of money or because they outnumber cyber-troopers on the DAP’s payroll. No, it’s winning the cyber war because it has on board a talent pool comprising academicians, scientists, analysts, politicians and activists who are looking at things from every possible angle. There is no way Pakatan Harapan can ever dream of eclipsing Barisan where it concerns the dissemination of truth.

The reason being, “there is never enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.” The Buddhists coined this phrase many hundred years ago. They discovered that with simple guidance, the average man would be equipped to journey towards the truth if he desired it badly enough. It’s quite similar to presenting him with a candle – if he chooses to light it, he’d be able to manoeuvre himself through the darkest of allies without stumbling or bumping into walls.

Which is why, Lim Guan Eng can keep insisting that the brouhaha surrounding the multibillion Penang Undersea Tunnel project is the ruling coalition’s way of demonising him. The more he insists, the deeper he gets buried undersea as Barisan presents the people with evidence of wrongdoing. Of course, the more the evidence that’s presented, the greater the ability for people to discern right from wrong as they witness first hand how it is he who’s attempting to demonise the coalition.

Yes, Guan Eng’s biggest flaw – the mother of them all – is his refusal to change his ways no matter the writings on the wall. People like him are under the impression that lies, when repeated tirelessly over a period of time, are easier bought than the truth itself. He actually thinks that the age-old strategy is going to deliver his DAP more votes as people ‘punish’ the ruling coalition for persecuting him.

But he forgot something.

He forgot that by lying, he presented Barisan the opportunity to highlight some disturbing truths regarding his administration of Penang. By posing the right questions over a period of a year, the ruling coalition got him speak enough untruths before presenting the people with damning evidences. Now, just as you’re drawn to a flame in the darkness, so will you be to those evidences amid repeated attempts by him to rubbish them.

A brilliant strategy?

You bet. If his recent outburst is anything to go by, it has probably sunk into his thick skull that Barisan Nasional is a force to be reckoned with, that no matter how hard the devil works the pen, it is the ink of virtue that ultimately leaves an indelible impression in the minds of voters.

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