Consumerist: With Or Without Social Media – GE 13 To Be The Fiercest, Dirtiest, And Most Divisive In Country’s History?

Dato Jacob George

‘The incumbents continue to finance ‘traitors’ whose specialty remains as ‘apple polishers’ of both news, data and of policy!

While independent, sincere, honest and genuine intelligentsia are prevented by hostile Napoleons from having access to the powers that be to provide an alternative view.

So half truths, fabrication and spin becomes the hallmarks of endeavor!’ – Dr Jacob George

Consumerist: GE 13 To Be The Fiercest, Dirtiest, And Most Divisive In Country’s History?

I expect Malaysia’s 13th general elections, when it is finally called, to be the dirtiest, fiercest and most divisive in the nation’s political history!

And I expect the social media to play a major role in it as well financed cyber-troopers engage in cyber wars and also the possibility that major cyber attacks strategically positioned to undermine websites, Facebook, Twitter and other independent media from being accessed by voters and clients!

It is a damming fact that incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN) record losses in GE12 was due to the alternative media basically online websites, Facebook and Twitter!

BN lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority in the historic 2008 general elections that saw four states — Perak, Penang, Kedah and Selangor — falling to the loose coalition of PAS, PKR and DAP, that later formed Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

And look at the comments that are pouring in to date which in most cases defies logic and intelligence but still expected to position voter’s minds in the forthcoming election when one is brave enough to call one!

But the sad fact remains it has not shocked the incumbents and resulted in any real change that one can believe in what has been addressed at all levels.

I feel really sad for Najib!

It is true that the Premier has traveled as a ‘long ranger’ the length and breadth of the nation preaching transformation!

He has done a lot and the major systemic problems he faced were not his doing!

While others have created major political turmoil which became fodder for neutralizing whatever political gains the Najib Transformation mantra provided and we were all back to square one!

Suspiciously well funded out-sourced racist outfits, NGOs, shenanigans and thugs have also caused major turmoil at the opposition gatherings and attempted to disrupt policies and development which since have backfired!

Seditious and criminal intimidation became all the more popular avenue for these goons!

And the apparent elegant silence by those in power to these despicable behavior alienated even the hardline BN supporter and ‘over-turned’ the fence sitters!

Their behavior and thuggish actions has moved the fence sitters over to the opposition in sympathy!

Worst, the ill-advised comments and continued interference of a former premier (who has difficulty to comprehend what ‘retirement’ is or to realize the political world he initiated was no more!) in the present administration has also done little to earn support!

Frankly it is a political position now where we have difficulty defining ‘friend and foe’ and that is what has turned the various political analysis and prediction on its head!

The incumbents continue to finance ‘traitors’ whose specialty remains as ‘apple polishers’ of both news, data and of policy!

While independent, sincere, honest and genuine intelligentsia are prevented by hostile Napoleons from having access to the powers that be to provide an alternative view.

So half truths, fabrication and spin becomes the hallmarks of endeavor!

In such an atmosphere the opposition have made great strides and gains as they successfully tackled issues and highlighted all forms of shortcomings, abuse and corruption!

While the incumbents who had a great history of governing despite some hiccups, kept running around like headless chickens?

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