Malaysia’s Ruling Party Gets Desperate

May 1, 2013

Malaysia’s Ruling Party Gets Desperate

by Dr. Azeem Ibrahim@

Posted: 04/28/2013 4:38 pm

Najib susah negara

Malaysia has in reality been a one party state for over 55 years with the ruling UMNO party winning a string of elections without much opposition. However, with the stellar rise of Anwar Ibrahim, the ruling party is facing its most tightly contested election in its history. In the final days of campaigning in an election which many pollsters now believe the government will lose, it seems to be pulling a number of desperate stunts.

Firstly is the amount of money the Prime Minister’s office is spending onDr Azeem Ibrahim advertising. Industry experts have identified over 50 million USD in advertising buys by the Prime Minister’s office alone. Sources say that the amount of money being spent on advertisements exceeds one million, a virtual buy out of all ad space on Microsoft networks (which include Skype and Bing) for the last 10 days of the campaign. On Facebook the PMO’s office, again according to sources, is spending upwards of $200,000.

Last week various websites in Malaysia reported servers being blocked. The popular and independent online news portal Malaysiakini reported that its IP address was being blocked within the country in activities that could only be explained by the deliberate obstruction by local ISPs. The website for which reported a ten-fold increase in traffic on Wednesday was subsequently hacked. The Digital Task Force running the website sent out an email indicating the severity of the attack, which was launched immediately after it reported a dramatic increase in online activity and support for Anwar Ibrahim.

During Malaysian elections it is nothing new for opposition sites to be targeted with DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. It appears this year is no different. With a virtual monopoly on the mainstream media, one wonders why the government feels the need to disrupt other forms of communication.

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim is the Executive Chairman of The Scotland Institute and a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

6 thoughts on “Malaysia’s Ruling Party Gets Desperate

  1. This election seems to be the most exciting election in Malaysia after 56 years history after Merdeka. At survey done by different sources indicated that this election can go to either way. The latest survey conducted by another source shows Pakatan Rakyat is about to sit in Putrajaya due to thousands of people attended the opposition;s ceremahs where they pledged support for the opposition. It is not that more people attending ceremahs do not necessarily giving their full support as mentioned by Tun Daim, a former finance minister. Rumours that those attending BN ceremahs are offered cash to listen to their politics of transformation when UMNO offered similar incentives copied from PR. As it is, UMNO will never abandon the ship when it is still floating in the sea, It has reached a stage where civil servants also attended ceremahs where their loyalty is questionable at this time listening to the opposition. The fear is off their chest for demotion if caught on such attendance.

  2. Well here’s something for all of you out there to digest , from sources which I can’t reveal, sorry guys, well the order comes straight from Najib, to encourage the Umno boys to sneak n photographs those guys that are manning the PKR’s booth or information centres, what he’ll do is get SB to identify those involved, whether Govt or private sector n sabotage their career’s, business or whatever. To me that’s the lowest Najib can go,even during Mahathir’s or Pak lah’s time, no such tactics were used, so my advice to you all is, make damn sure we come out early n Vote that sonofabitch out. Good luck n God Bless

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