TTF: Zahid is spot on (see news item below).
Towards the turn of the millennium, Lim Kit Siang and Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail received funding to kick start online portals dedicated to littering the voter conscience with anti-government paradigms. While they had some bloggers getting the job done through some Anwar-linked foundations based in the US, little does anyone know that the senior Lim himself secured some funding to put together a Red Bean Army (RBA).
The RBA comprises groups of cyber troopers between the ages of 18 and 30. They are paid anywhere between RM3,000 to RM6,000 monthly to flood social media with anti-government slurs. The funds originated from a syndicate of companies known as The Third Party Groups (TPG) that George Soros established in January 1997.
Following are edited excerpts of what I wrote on the 19th of November 2017:
The TPG was assisted – in part – by an auxiliary group of financiers led by a Paul Wolfowitz (World Bank President, 1st of June 2005 – 1st of July 2007) and supported by Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney (US Vice President, 20th January 2001 – 20th January 2009), the Washington based Heritage Foundation, the Soros-financed International Crisis Group (ICG) and the Cheney-run Foundation for the Future.
The person who first established a link between TPG and Anwar Ibrahim was former US Ambassador to Malaysia John R. Malott (19th December 1995 – 30th December 1998). Right after Anwar was sacked from government, Malott was instructed by former British premier Tony Blair and former US Vice President Albert Arnold Al Gore to arrange the transfer of funds from the Washington Based Heritage Fund and the ICG to a Singaporean stockbroker who went by the name of Danny Lee.
In 1999, Danny arranged the transfer of those funds and others that originated from Taiwan and Hong Kong to a group of youths (I have met these guys). These youths helped Lim Kit Siang establish a network of cyber troopers that has since come to be known as the RBA
But more on that later.
Suffice to say, the RBA’s assault against government via the internet proved successful as evinced by the 2008 and 2013 political tsunamis. Prior to the year 2008, the ruling Barisan Nasional was arrogantly complacent and did not believe that the internet housed the media hub of the future. It is that arrogance and complacency that fuelled online propaganda against government and fed Kit Siang’s RBA with ammunition.
Yes, the BN of the yesteryear was akin to the average breadwinner of the seventies, who believed that the advent of television was a destructive influence on society. Back then, there were those who refused to acknowledge that the idiot tube would one day dominate the world media scene. But these people were eventually forced to concede to the will of a generation that placed more emphasis on audiovisual coverage and less emphasis on newspapers.
And that forever changed the way news was delivered.
Zahid knows what Kit Siang already knew in the late nineties (see news item below). The internet is set to dominate the world media scene before the year 2050. Old-school philosophies are fast making way for new school paradigms shaped by the blogging community. If you’re thinking that news will forever be delivered the way The Malay Mail or the NST delivers them, you’re dreaming.
The reason being, there is no such thing as a fixed model on how news must be delivered. If journalists are so arrogant as to think that the model they now hold to is gospel, they will fall by the wayside as the advancing media tsunami shatters their convictions the way the 2008 and 2013 tsunamis weakened BN’s grip of Parliament.
KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi wants the Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) election machinery to optimise the use of social media to win the hearts and minds of the voters, especially young voters in the coming general elections.
Ahmad Zahid, who is executing the duties of Umno deputy president, said the approach was necessary as the social media was very influential in shaping the perception of the voters as well as influencing the way they make decisions.
Furthermore, he said the social media was also widely used with up to 82 per cent of information and news to voters being conveyed via social media.
“Pistols or other weapons cannot be used to win hearts and minds (voters). Sharp weapons can only be found at the tip of the fingers and we must use them,” he said when opening the Sabah Umno Social Media Convention here today.
Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, who is also Sabah Umno Liaison chief, Sabah Umno Liaison secretary Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin and Umno Information Technology Bureau chairman Datuk Ahmad Maslan.
Taking a lesson from the 12th and 13th general elections, Ahmad Zahid said the BN government was almost defeated in these two previous general elections due to the inability of the Umno and BN election machinery to fend off the slanders and false information that were widely disseminated by the opposition parties via social media.
He said as a result, it created a negative perception of the government by giving the impression that such defamatory and false news were true.
Ahmad Zahid said because of the failure to fend off these defamatory and false news, the government was punished by public opinion.
Hence, he said Umno and BN election machinery should address all slanders and false news of the opposition parties by using the social media platform to ensure the failure of the Umno and BN’s social media in the last election was not repeated.
However, he said, unlike the opposition parties, Umno would not use social media to spread lies and false news and instead would use facts that were true and authentic for the people to discern.
Ahmad Zahid also commended Sabah Umno IT Bureau, which he described as among the best state Umno liaisons.
Source: The Malay Mail Online