Getting over the Third World mentality
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The ruling coalition in Malaysia has suffered its worst election result in decades by winning only a simple majority,” BBC World News reported on March 8, 2008. That would not have happened had it not been for the influence of social media — at least that was the theory.
In reality, social media is significant only if it translates the cacophony of chatter and tweets into votes that count in a regime where voting is not compulsory.
About two million are reportedly eligible to vote for the first time in next year’s election — the majority of which are predominantly urban-based netizens, who could be game changers that the incumbents and opposition are focused on winning over.