Blogilitics: Now Malaysians say blogs influence elections

Before the humiliation of the General Elections in Malaysia last month the Badawi Government was stridently insisting that bloggers were only engaged in masturbation and were not influencing anyone.Now ministers, ex ministers and all and sundry are embracing the new conventional wisdom that blogs are influential in politics. The latest study by Zentrum Future Studies (via Rantings by MM) seems to confirm this.

The irony of it all is that the power of the Malaysian bloggers are actually the creation of the Malaysian Government – if it was not so obsessed with controlling the mainstream media to the extent that it lost all credibility, Malaysians would still be happy trusting their newspaper, TV and radio stations instead of the blogs.

So what now for the Malaysian Government. If Unspun was Machiavelli and advising the ABB Government he would tell them to free up the Malaysian media. if they can control it make sure that the editors they put in place are good, professional and share the same vision as the government (assuming its got one).

Once this is done the government should no longer bother with the media but work on making themselves more credible and likeable. That means, difficult as it is to imagine, actually serving the people, seeking to influence people to their point of view through debates and discussions and having the intellectual capacity to embrace principles.

That would probably wipe out half the politicians, but is there any other way the ABB government can survive?

clipped from

Study shows why BN lost media war

02 April, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional’s apathy towards the use of the Internet was a major contributor to its losses in the recent general election, a new study revealed. The study by Zentrum Future Studies Malaysia, conducted from Feb 20 to March 5 and involving 1,500 respondents aged between 21 and 50, showed that the alternative media had a big influence on voters.
Universiti Malaya Media Studies department senior lecturer Dr Abu Hassan Hasbullah said in the recent election, BN lost in the “information war” due to its misjudgment on the importance of the alternative media.
“Young people are relying more on these new alternative media rather than the conventional ones like newspapers and television,” he said at a forum themed “Society and Media in the 2008 Election” yesterday. (No kidding…)

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3 thoughts on “Blogilitics: Now Malaysians say blogs influence elections

  1. BN lost because they are corrupt and hopeless. Nothing to do with blogging. BN better face up to the reality that they cannot continue to rob and loot the country any more.


  2. BN lost because new media showed that they were corrupt and hopeless. By comparing the information, opinions and analysis available in new media with that in mainstream media the Malaysian public realised this and voted accordingly.

    Thus it wasn’t BN’s “apathy towards the use of the Internet” that caused the landslide. If BN had made more use of new media to promote their same brand of nonsense they still would have lost.


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