Edge poll on Anwar hijacked

Written by theedgemalaysia.com
Thursday, 16 May 2013 21:04

The recent one-week (May 6-13) poll conducted by The Edge’s online business portal (theedgemalaysia.com) on the political future of Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was hijacked by parties believed to be cyber-troopers.

Before this survey, polls conducted by theedgemalaysia.com would normally attract 2,000 to 4,000 respondents whose responses were largely consistent with The Edge’s independent-minded readers, who form the majority of our readers.

On Tuesday May 14, when The Edge’s online editor Ho Wah Foon saw that the one-week survey had attracted 12,736 responses which were overwhelmingly one-sided, she immediately took down the poll.

Additionally, the poll had also been overtaken by events as Anwar has stated that he would continue to lead the Opposition.

Upon checking, the Edge IT department found that 6,354 of the responses came from one IP address, and about 1,700 came from several IP addresses within the same building. Another 2,000 responses came from seven different IP addresses.

From this, it was obvious that the poll had been compromised and the results could not be treated as reliable or objective.

The poll asked the question: “Should Anwar Ibrahim step down as leader after Pakatan Rakyat (PR) has failed to conquer Putrajaya in GE13?”

The two responses for people to vote on were:

1) No, he should continue to lead PR to the next GE as PR has won more seats than previous elections.

2) Yes, he should call it quits as he has made this pledge.

The poll was put up soon after the general election as Anwar’s stepping down was an issue of interest to many.

  1. #1 by good coolie on Friday, 17 May 2013 - 11:41 am

    Anwar should not quit. He is a skilful politician who can unite the opposition. His very presence sends terror into the hearts of those who have persecuted him. Justice is on his side, and he has to be vindicated by honest Malaysians, especially the Malay community who have been hurt by the ferocity and vulgarity of the attack on Anwar.
    Dr. Mahatir has to bow out soon enough because of health considerations, even if he puts a brave front on this all the time. Then, Anwar’s enemies will crumble like a house of cards.

  2. #2 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Friday, 17 May 2013 - 12:39 pm

    Yup, banglas at work again?

  3. #3 by omeqiu on Friday, 17 May 2013 - 1:22 pm

    No apologies? What sort of rubbish poll is this where any tom, dick and harry can sabotage? Shouldn’t the result be checked first before publication? Is The Edge IT head so incompetent?

  4. #4 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 17 May 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Anwar, do something before this lovely country gets thrown to the skunks, scoundrels and stinks.

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