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Be afraid, be very afraid

Aliran is the Penang-based NGO that is the fraternal twin of the Penang Institute.

DAP vice chairman Dr Ariffin Omar was previously an Aliran secretary.

Current honorary assistant secretary Henry Loh, “a former bank manager-turned-activist”, wrote an article titled ‘Scaremongering – the order of the day‘ published in the Aliran website today.

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In his Aliran article, Henry Loh warned:

“… the above politicians [Ibrahim Ali, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Chua Soi Lek] hold the view that the scare tactics employed by them have their merits and they are convinced that such messages will convince fence-sitters who have not yet decided how they will cast their vote. In all probability, these politicians are also hoping that the their warnings may even convince some voters who were planning to support the alternative coalition, Pakatan, to change their mind and give their vote to Barisan Nasional.”

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Henry Loh further cautioned:

“Many of us who have access to alternative media sources are in a position to sieve through the ‘news’ produced by mainstream media and make informed decisions on the accuracy or otherwise of such information. But there is still a sizeable portion of the Malaysian population who may not enjoy this privilege. Therefore, how do we reach out to this segment of Malaysian society who may fall prey to the misinformation generated by the mainstream media. Indeed we also need to counter the blatant scaremongering that is going on with impunity.”

[Bold and underline emphasis added by this blogger]

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According to Henry Loh:

“There are no simple solutions to this issue. If we care for the future of this country and we actually hope for a more vibrant and fair democracy – which a strong two-party/coalition system will help to nurture – then we should openly promote a change in government. Our only “weapon” is the vote that we have. We need to use it to make sure that Pakatan’s march to Putrajaya can become a reality.

He is not the first nor the only Aliran office bearer to openly pump for the opposition coalition. Previously I’d blogged, ‘New ‘party’ joins Pakatan … almost‘.

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Henry Loh also urged in closing:

“Let us make an effort to speak to as many people as possible and convince them to share the message of “change” with others etc. We should not underestimate the power of word of mouth. We need to remember not all of us have access to the internet and get to read internet media such as Malaysiakini, Malaysian Chronicle and Aliran.

The Aliran honorary assistant secretary concluded:

“Let us not become victims of these scaremongering tactics employed by irresponsible politicians but instead bravely become agents of change so that Malaysian democracy may triumph.”

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15 thoughts on “Be afraid, be very afraid

  1. Why Pakatan fail to reach out to the rural areas? It is because BN serve this section of group very well.

    Imagine, not having to contribute income tax at all, they enjoy all the perks that are to be had by fellow citizens in the city. Monthly welfare money, financial aid for agriculture and fishing, monthly allowance for farmers and fishermen.

    The need of rural people are very simple and not as complex as say, the urban population.

    But, who’s to say that urbanites are not served well by the government of the day? 3.7% unemployment rate, 5.3% growth year-on-year, manageable inflation, stabilized food price (government pump in billions and lost a few billions more through issuance of APs just to ensure demand-supply are balanced), free healthcare, heavily subsidized education up till secondary school, spending on security, various grants and incentives for businesses (inclusive provision for industrial and commercial facilities), all these despite only 1 million Malaysians paying income tax every year.

    So, Rafizi, the PKR’s spokeperson claiming that the party wants to ‘free up’ disposable income among the citizen just doesn’t jive with the facts about government coffers. He wants to give free PTPTN, cheap cars, and more money to army veterans, 20% oil royalty to Kelantan, not to mention cheap petrol to the masses. Sounds appealing, but he forgot to explain that from 200 billion gov plan to spend this year, 41% already comes from Petronas money. So, which part of what gov has given that he needs to slash to fulfill Rafizi’s dream?

    Pakatan going door-to-door to explain their version of ‘truth’ isn’t going to cut it. At the end of the day, what matters most to people is for them to earn a living.

    1. Oh well, Rafizi & his Pakatan counterparts are probably using a different version of Microsoft Excel to do their calculation. We don’t even need a calculator nor an economic degree to see that their plans are nowhere close to being viable.

      1. they used the pirated version. that’s why they had the vote tabulation wrong. where’s Microsoft and Bill Gates ? they should sue those clowns for using pirated versions of the software.

        where’s the competency ? where’s the accountability ? where’s the transparency ? they use pirated software.

        they pirated and altered Psy’s Gangnam Style and they speak of competency, accountability and transparency ? or is it the other way around, as in being competent in pirating other people’s intellectual property i.e copying and altering Gangnam Style ?

        or as in accountability when they got found out, they say “software error” and “its Microsoft’s fault for producing dodgy product” ? transparency ? yes transparency, as in “we pirated and altered Gangnam Style. so what ? you say some more. we sue you. I sue you. you wait. I sue you”. this is hilarious.

        1. Their brains were not properly developed when in infancy due to a lack of milk. Which is why they are so fascinated with sue, sue… Yeah, lame I know. But I’d take a lame joke anytime over the outright lies they tell to fool you

  2. I get pretty sick when I hear these kinds of statements:-

    “We need to remember not all of us have access to the internet and get to read internet media such as Malaysiakini, Malaysian Chronicle and Aliran.“

    I voted opposition since long before there was Internet access and got my first Internet account in late 1996.

    I don’t read mainstream newspapers, don’t watch any TV nor listen to the radio but get all my news and information on the Internet.

    I used to regularly visit Malaysiakini, The Malaysian Insider, Free Malaysia Today but over time got tired of them and now read blogs such as this one.

    Soros-backed liberal democracy NGO activist Evgeny Morozov used to believe that nonsense this Henry Goh chap spouts but since he realised it’s just a myth, he has turned forcefully against it.

    Here are some videos YouTube.1, YouTube.2, YouTube.3 on hwat Morozov has to say.

  3. To add to my earlier comment, here are four major historical events which changed to course of world history AND they all happened long before there was the Internet.

    YouTube: The American fight for independence from Britain.

    YouTube: The French Revolution

    YouTube: The October Revolution

    YouTube: The fall of the Berlin Wall

    However, nothing of much world changing significance has happened since the widespread availability of the Internet and while some may claim the role of the “Twitter Revolution” was behind the so-called “Arab Spring” in Tunisia and Egypt, followed by democratic elections, but nothing much has changed except for a new leader in power and the continuation of protests and violence in the streets.

    YouTube: [Egypt Tahrir Square Protest]

    And no more mention of a “Twitter Revolution.”

    Once again, what rubbish is Henry Loh talking about when he says:-

    “We need to remember not all of us have access to the internet and get to read internet media such as Malaysiakini, Malaysian Chronicle and Aliran.“

    Most, if not all of the above events were and are driven today by dire economic conditions affecting the people, rather than some high ideals, though ideals became significant as a solution to dire economic conditions and inequalities but would have otherwise remained just fine ideals if economic conditions were OK.

  4. Nasihat yang betul berkenaan dengan informasi ialah menggalakan orang mengakses semua informasi tetapi ditekankan supaya pembaca menggunakan akal untuk menilai apa jua informasi.

    Nasihat yang salah ialah menyuruh orang supaya membaca hanya Mkini, Aliran dan media yang sepadan dengannya dan lebih jelik apabila pembaca di tarbiyah supaya menelan kesemua isinya tanpa tapisan.

    Alangkan al-Kitab, Torat dan Zabur perlu dibaca menggunakan akal, inikan pula MKini, Aliran dan rakan-rakannya? Justeru, satu soalan untuk H Loh ialah, apakah MKini dan Aliran lebih benar dari al-Kitab Torat dan Zabur?

  5. “Many of us who have access to alternative media sources are in a position to sieve through the ‘news’ produced by mainstream media and make informed decisions on the accuracy or otherwise of such information.

    But there is still a sizeable portion of the Malaysian population who may not enjoy this privilege. Therefore, how do we reach out to this segment of Malaysian society who may fall prey to the misinformation generated by the mainstream media. Indeed we also need to counter the blatant scaremongering that is going on with impunity.”

    The other side of the coin is this:

    “Many of us who have access to MAINSTREAM MEDIA sources are in a position to sieve through the ‘news’ produced by ALTERNATIVE MEDIA and make informed decisions on the accuracy or otherwise of such information. But there is still a sizeable portion of the Malaysian population who may not enjoy this privilege.

    Therefore, how do we reach out to this segment of Malaysian society who may fall prey to the misinformation generated by the ALTERNATIVE MEDIA. Indeed we also need to counter the SLANDEROUS ALLEGATION that is going on with impunity.”

    1. “Therefore, how do we reach out to this segment of Malaysian society who may fall prey to the misinformation generated by the ALTERNATIVE MEDIA.”

      I do not believe we can reach out to these people, as they have chosen to lie to themselves and refused to see what is clear to see.

      I have seen numerous fence sitters reject PR after analysing what both sides are offering. So it’s not like there’s a secret place where all the truth is hidden. It’s all around us.

    2. you should read the article written by Jamal Ibrahim on The Malay Mail titled The Cyber Red Guards. I’ve searched The Malay Mail Online edition still the article has yet to appear. maybe it will appear later. get your copy of today’s The Malay Mail.

      1. Postscript: The Star should have editorialized strongly on the DAP SuperCyber Bullying years ago. Instead the paper has been promoting the cult of the bullies instead.

  6. that henry guy was preaching us to read Malaysiakini ?? really?? with all the b***shits..no wonder I’ll pass…sorry mate…i just cannot digest your brain level there…

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