TTF: The DAP led opposition had a head start in the online media scene. With assistance from Anwar’s allies in the United States (US), Lim Kit Siang put together a Red Bean Army (RBA) consisting of cyber troopers who were paid anywhere between RM3,000 to RM6,000 monthly to flood the internet with anti-government slurs.
But who funded the RBA?
Sometime in January 1997, George Soros established a syndicate of companies and organisations belonging to former world leaders, politicians, bankers and heads of foundations. Soros referred to the syndicate as the The Third Party Groups (TPG).
Now, TPG was assisted – in part – by an auxiliary group of financiers led by 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 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.
Salleh knows what Kit Siang already knew in the late nineties (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 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.
KUALA LUMPUR: Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the internet has become the swing factor in elections as politics and political campaigns are now more dependable on the online and electronic media.
Salleh said political players started using the Internet in 1998 to sway public opinion but it was not until 10 years later that Malaysians realised the impact of the internet in swinging votes.
In his latest blog post, the UMNO treasurer cited media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has said that by 2050 the media was going to be totally online or electronic, and the print media was going to be a thing of the past.
“The way things are going, that may actually happen far earlier than 2050,” Salleh said, adding that everyone, especially the media industry, needed to move with times and become internet-savvy.
“Even more importantly we must not spoil the integrity of the online media with the proliferation of fake news because this will create a serious problem of trust deficit,” he said.
Salleh stressed that everyone must ensure that the integrity of the online media is not killed off due to the action of a few.
“If not, what can be a very valuable tool would become a stigma, because no one would trust what is published online,” he said.