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Why is the Police taking so long to investigate Meta allegation of police “troll farm” or we do have a police “troll farm” operating without the IGP’s knowledge or consent?

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The Inspector-General of Police, Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said investigations are still ongoing into a report by Meta that it had removed more than 600 “troll farms” from Facebook and Instagram accounts linked to the local police.

He said: “We have denied the report. I have instructed the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) to look into this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Three examples of “toxic politics”

Jeffrey Cheah, the founder and chairman of Sunway Group, is right.

In his National Day Open Letter to fellow Malaysian, he wrote:

“We must all do what we can to clean up the toxicity that influence our conversations on race, religion and culture.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Annuar Musa should not make “brave” statements about being more proactive in tacking cybercrimes when he continues to be dumb since the revelation a month ago that the Malaysian police are running a “troll farm”

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The Minister for Communications and Multimedia, Annuar Musa should not make “brave” statements about being more proactive in tacking cybercimes when he continues to be dumb since the revelation a month ago that the Malaysian Police are running a troll farm.

Does the police running a troll farm come within the definition of what Annuar said in Malacca yesterday that the government would take “offensive, defensive and advocacy measures” in taking the country’s cyber security issues? Read the rest of this entry »

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In tribute of Dr. Chen Man Hin (5): Malaysia at the crossroads – to go forward or to go backwards

(Versi BM)

Yesterday, I referred to a document which recently came into my possession – the statement I made to the police while in police custody at the Kuala Selangor Police Station lock-up under the Internal Security Act after I voluntarily flew bac-k to Malaysia on 18th May 1969.

This document was classified for 50 years and was declassified on 24th February 2020.
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Hacking of the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister’s Telegram accounts most deplorable but no justification for four-day failure by police and government to provide strong and proper response to serious Meta allegations that the police running a troll farm to spread fake news and false information

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The hacking of the Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri and the Foreign Minister, Saifuddin Abdullah’s Telegram accounts is most deplorable but they are no justification for four-day failure by the police and the government to provide a strong and proper response to the serious Meta allegations that the police is running a troll farm to spread fake news and false information.

Why is the government not prepared to declare that it will be a good digital citizen in the information era, and will not only protect Malaysians from any cyber warfare from any quarter, the government will not abuse its powers, responsibility and trust in the information age and will never conduct any form of intrusion into the personal space of its citizens, as running a troll farm to spread fake news and false information. Read the rest of this entry »

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Three-day Police silence after a weak and unconvincing denial is as good as admission of guilt of running a troll farm in a digital age where there is a new culture and ecosystem based on speed

(Versi BM)

The three-day police silence after a weak and unconvincing denial is as good as an admission of guilt of running a troll farm in a digital age where there is a new culture and ecosystem based on speed.

The media giant Meta had implicated the Malaysian Police in attempts to manipulate public discourse by setting up a “troll farm”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Police denial of “troll farm link” weak and unconvincing – call for public inquiry headed by a judge or former judge to investigate the serious allegation

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The police denial of a claim by social media giant Meta that implicated it in attempts to manipulate public discourse by setting up a “troll farm” is weak and unconvincing.

I call for a public inquiry headed by a judge or former judge to investigate the serious allegation by Meta. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib is up to his tricks again, encouraged by Marcos Jr’s presidential electoral success in the Philippines, spreading false allegation against his opponents by his army of cybertroopers

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Former Prime Minister Najib Razak is up to his tricks again, encouraged by Marcos Junior’s presidential electoral success in the Philippines, spreading false allegation against his opponents by his army of cybertroopers.

He accused me of inciting the Malaysian public by questioning whether Malaysia will suffer the same fate as Sri Lanka, when I asked whether the houses of the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Malaysia will be set on fire by angry protestors as happened in Sri Lanka last week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakatan Harapan parties must be ready and prepared as the 15GE will be a “social media war”

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The triumph of social media disinformation and internet lies in the May 9 Philippines Presidential election, resulting in the landslide victory of Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son and namesake of the late Philippines dictator and kleptocrat, must be a lesson for Malaysia.

With more than 31 million votes for Marcos Jr. while the opposition leader and Vice President Leni Robredo garnering less than half of the front-runners’ votes, Filipinos are bracing for six years of the “dark side of history”.
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Malaysians must learn to differentiate between truth and lies if the nation is not to degenerate to become a failed state in the next few decades

(Versi BM)

Activist Haris Ibrahim hit the nail on the head when he said that a nation cannot be built on lies.

It is not that there were no lies and fake news in the public square in the early years of Malaysia, but the advent of the social media with billions of humans plugged in one instant 24/7 global information stream has created an unprecedented crisis of trust in human history. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malacca General Election the messiest general election in Malaysian history for six decades with the most number of candidates likely to lose their deposits

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The Malacca General Election is the messiest general election in Malaysian history for six decades, with the most number of candidates likely to lose their deposits.

There are 112 candidates vying for 28 Malacca State Assembly seats. There will be three-cornered fights in 11 seats, four-way contests in nine, five-cornered battles in five and six-way fights in three.

Although it is a Malacca state general election, it will have far-reaching political future implications for the future of Malaysia and may even decide whether Ismail
Sabri will Prime Minister for the shortest term – shorter than the term served by his “backdoor” predecessor, Muhyiddin Yassin. Read the rest of this entry »

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Was the Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021 approved by the Cabinet before it became law today?

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I welcome the statement by the Co-coordinating Minister for National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin that he has spoken to inspector-general of police Abdul Hamid Bador on the issue of whistle-blowers who expose shortcomings in the ongoing vaccination exercise with regard to the emergency ordinance on fake news pertaining to Covid-19 and the emergency proclamation.

This raises seven important questions:

First, whether and when the Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021 – which came into effect today and provides for a fine of up to RM100,000, a jail term of up to three years or both, for those who create, publish or distribute fake news – was presented to the Cabinet for approval? Read the rest of this entry »

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Will front-liner Dr. Rafidah Abdullah and the three Pakatan Harapan leaders, Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng and Mohamad Sabu be liable to be prosecuted under the fake news Emergency Ordinance allegedly to combat fake news relating to Covid-19 or the Emergency proclamation?

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Will nephrologist and front-liner Dr. Rafidah Abdullah and the three Pakatan Harapan leaders Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng and Mohamad Sabu be liable to be prosecuted under the fake news Emergency Ordinance allegedly to combat fake news relating to Covid-19 or the Emergency Proclamation?

Dr. Rafidah gained national prominence when she embraced vaccine equity advocated by World Health Organisation (WHO) and twittered the government about the problem of “Dua Darjat 2.0” and called on the health authorities to “MENJAGA kebajikan petugas2 kesihatan-hospital, swasta & komuniti; bukan yang berDARJAT”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Muhyiddin support strong and effective action against hate speech and hate crimes which, if unchecked, would plunge Malaysia into greater disunity and polarisation resulting in a failed state

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Malaysia urgently needs strong and effective action against hate speech and hate crimes which, if unchecked, could plunge Malaysia into greater disunity and polarisation resulting in a failed state.

Malaysia’s diversity must be regarded as an asset and not a liability – not just during the launching of national unity plans or blueprints but at all times so that Malaysia can benefit and leverage on our unique position as the confluence of diverse races, languages, religion, cultures and even civilisations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Saifuddin Abdullah come clean in Parliament during the winding-up tomorrow to admit that the 2018 ICERD fiasco was solely his own making when he was Foreign Minister in Pakatan Harapan Government and that DAP knew nothing about the proposed ICERD ratification although DAP was the target of demonization for being anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Royalty?

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Saifuddin Abdulah will reply in the 2021 Ministerial winding-up tomorrow in Parliament as Minister for Communications and Multimedia.

Will he come clean tomorrow to admit that the 2018 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) fiasco was solely his own making when he was Foreign Minister in Pakatan Harapan Government and that DAP knew nothing about the proposed ICERD ratification although DAP was the target of demonization for being anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Royalty? Read the rest of this entry »

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Dare Minister for Communications and Multimedia Saifuddin Abdullah say that the purpose of reviving JASA is to undo its previous two-prong campaign to demonize the DAP and to glamorize Najib’s 1MDB scandal, and if not, would he come out openly to oppose JASA’s revival

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Dare the Minister for Communications and Multimedia, Saifuddin Abdullah, say that the purpose of reviving the Special Affairs Department (JASA) is to undo its previous two-prong campaign to demonise the DAP and to glamorize Najib Razak’s 1MDB scandal, and if not, would he come out openly to oppose JASA’s revival?

When Mohd Puad Zarkashi was director-general of JASA, his salary was more than the then Minister for Communications and Multimedia although JASA was parked under the Ministry for Communications and Multimedia, but Puad was not answerable to the Minister concerned as he reported directly to the Prime Minister.
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Puad spent RM100 million of JASA budget to demonise DAP and “beautify” the 1MDB scandal but the efforts were a big flop as shown by the result of the 14th General Election

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As Director-General of Special Affairs Department (JASA) from 2015 to 2018, Mohd Puad Zarkashi spent RM100 million of JASA budget to demonise DAP as anti-Malay, anti-Islam, anti-Royalty and communist and went overseas to “beautify the 1MDB scandal” particularly among Malaysian students overseas, but it was a big flop evident from the outcome of the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018.

But in the two years after the 14th General Election, hundreds of millions of ringgit were again found and used to fund UMNO cyber operations to continue to paint the DAP as anti-Malay, anti-Islam, anti-Royalty and communist, and it must be conceded that these efforts to spread lies and falsehoods about the DAP were more successful this time than Puad’s efforts as JASA director-general using RM100 million of public funds. Read the rest of this entry »

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The marvel is not that Joe Biden won, but that Donald Trump nearly won!

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After four nail-biting days, which nearly turned the US Presidential Election Day into an Election Week, Joe Biden has been confirmed to have crossed the magic figure of 270 US Electoral College votes to become the 46th President of the United States.

The marvel is not that Joe Biden won, but that Donald Trump nearly won!

It is a testimony of the power of disinformation and fake news in the era of information that despite ignoring over 10 million Covid-19 cases and nearly a quarter of a million of Covid-19 fatalities in the United States in the 10-month-old epidemic – almost five times the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam war – and painting a false picture in the final days of the campaign that the United States was “turning the corner” in the Covid-19 epidemic when it was raging to a new high registering a record daily increase of 132,540 Covid-19 infections on Nov. 6, Trump was nearly re-elected President of the Unites States.

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One thing Malaysians must learn from the US Presidential Election cliffhanger if Malaysia is not to end up as a basket case – the power of disinformation especially from top political leaders must be countered and exposed

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One thing Malaysians must learn from the United States Presidential Election cliffhanger if Malaysia is not to end up as a basket case – the need to counter and expose the power of disinformation especially from top political leaders.

One Minister of the Najib government, for instance, had said before the 14th General Election that the 1MDB financial scandal was “fake news”.

Did this Minister ever apologise for such a lie and falsehood?

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In accordance with Yang di Pertuan Agong’s advice to avoid political uncertainty amidst Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysians should be especially alert to the blizzard of fake news and false impressions perpetrated by social media influencers

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The Yang di Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has repeated his call to not plunge the country into another round of political uncertainty amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

In accordance with the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s advice to avoid political uncertainty amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Malaysians should be especially alert to the blizzard of fake news and false impressions perpetrated by social media influencers.

A good case in point is the Coverage report yesterday making use of a four-year-old report to manufacture the false impression that I support DAP working with Najib Razak and Zahid Hamidi to form a new national government to replace the Muhyiddin Yassin backdoor government. Read the rest of this entry »

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