The copy below is excerpted from Dave Avran’s article ‘Yes, Malaysia’s Red Bean Army does exist‘ in his blog Spanking DA Monkey on 12 June 2013. Dave sourced and collated his material from the article ‘Bean me up, Red Army‘ written by Hariati Azizan in The J-Star (9 June 2013).
“… most seasoned bloggers are aware that the Red Bean Army occupies an entire floor at the Wenworth Hotel in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur and Komtar in Penang. Yes they do indeed exist, despite the DAP’s repeated denials.
“The tag ‘Red Bean Army’ is said to be derived from Chairman Mao’s ‘Red Guards’ during China’s Cultural Revolution.”
Note by Helen:
The moniker Red Bean Army could be a corruption of 红 (hong) 头 (dou) 兵 (bing) which translates literally as Red Headed Soldiers but referring to Chairman Mao’s communist cadres wearing their uniform red caps or red berets.
头 pronounced dou meaning ‘head’ is a homophone of 豆 also pronounced dou meaning ‘bean’. In the Chinese language, words sound the same but are written in different script/characters and pronounced with different inflections/tones.
妈 pronounced ma means mother
麻 pronounced ma means numb
马 pronounced ma means horse
骂 pronounced ma means scold
So 红 头 兵 (hong dou bing) Red Headed/Beret Army could have been corrupted/distorted to become 红 豆 兵 (hong dou bing) Red Bean Army in the context of the DAP’s cybertroopers.
Excerpts from Dave Avran/Hariati Azizan’s article below in point form
Dave (pix below) wrote:
“They were also encouraged to criticize Mao’s enemies: anyone who was against Mao’s vision for China, from writers, economists, artists to anyone associated with Mao’s political opponent Liu Shao-chi.
“Malaysia’s RBA gained notoriety after one of its ‘generals’ made a confession in the China Press report. Li Shuang admitted to the existence of a Red Bean Army Facebook fanpage – Zheng Yi Zhi Sheng.
“Malaysian Youth Rights Movement (MYRM) president Shen Yee Aun – pix below – argues that the latest ‘outing’ by Li surely proves the existence of these cybertroopers who call themselves the Red Bean Army.”
Shen Yee Aun: They created lies about my friends, my family and me
“Shen, a former executive secretary of DAP Youth, was one of the first few to ‘expose’ the Red Bean Army in the mainstream media and unwaveringly stands by his allegations of these ‘ruthless cybertroopers’.
“I am fighting every day. It is a psychological war and they just want to break one’s spirit and discredit the person,” he says.
“Shen has no qualms admitting that it is a personal vendetta for him to expose the Red Bean Army as they have manipulated, slandered and created lies about his friends, family and himself. They have started to harass his brother who is now scared to use their surname Shen.
“He claims thousands and thousands of ‘hate mail’ have bombarded him since he came to the defense of a student and MYRM member who received rape threats after she made a YouTube video to declare her support for Barisan during the elections recently.
“ ‘They do not talk about facts or political ideas. They are driven by emotion, hatred and anger to assassinate my character, as they did with cyber attacks on film star Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh and model Leng Yein. My fb photos have been copied and manipulated to disparage and discredit me too’, [said Shen Yee Aun].”
RBAs gang up to relentlessly attack ordinary M’sians who support BN
“Shen describes the Red Bean soldiers as professional netizens who manipulate and misrepresent facts not only to attack the government, but also ordinary Malaysians who pledge support to the Barisan Nasional.
” ‘These cybertroopers will gang up against the chosen target and harp on selected issues, which they will do relentlessly until their goal is achieved.
” ‘Usually they have three days for their operation, says Shen, claiming that although many started out as volunteers, they now work full-time on a RM3,000 monthly pay’.”
Shen Yee Aun: “They bully anyone who is against them”
“ ‘Their main goal is to assassinate the character of anyone who supports Barisan. There are many young people who support Barisan but they are too scared to publicly say so because they do not want to be bullied and harassed online,’ [Shen Yee Aun] says.
” ‘No matter what issue you bring up, they will attack and discredit your source before attacking you personally by calling you a dog, loser, etc. When that fails, they will start to divert the issue.
” ‘They use the same tactics as the Communist Party of Malaya did during the Emergency. It is revolution style – you are either with them or against them, and they bully anyone who is against them.
” ‘They fight a dirty war and they threaten and harass people. Democracy is democracy, but it does not give you the freedom to create and spread lies. We don’t need people who disturb the peace in our country or threaten to rape or kill people. This will not bring any good’.”
Dave Avran: “Never accuse people of being guilty unless you have proof”
“Online activists NEED to be responsible, have a face and engage positively.
“Cyber activists should always cross check their facts with several sources, include real names and faces, allow for two-way conversations whether it’s positive or negative responses to promote intellectual discourse and to include hyperlinks of the sources quoted in the posting so that readers can confirm before forming their own opinions.
“Lastly observe some decorum and never accuse people of being guilty unless you have proof.” – Dave Avran