9th July 2011 is a day that you, I and every single Malaysia will never forget. It is a very important day for all Malaysians. A day that most Malaysians proud of. A large group of people marched to ensure free and fair elections in Malaysia from the Election Commission of Malaysia (EC). There were people from 30 countries around the world doing the same thing on 9th July 2011.
But this letter is not about politics, it is about social media versus mainstream media after Bersih 2.0 rally. I would like to show you that Malaysians' mindsets do change because of internet, especially because of social media, and why you should use social media properly for Bersih 2.0.
Bersih 2.0 is a great incident for me to run an informal poll on Facebook to tell you the truth. Except Bersih 2.0 rally, there is another thing you must pay close attention to, the war between social media and new media versus mainstream media.
From the poll* above (still running), we can clearly see that most people trust social media and new media rather than mainstream media for Bersih 2.0 rally. The poll has 24 options, from "Videos and Photos from Friends on Facebook", "Youtube", "Malaysiakini Chinese Version" to the last option TV3. Until today, we have 469 votes and 60 followers. Out of 469 votes, 229 votes go to "Videos and Photos from Friends on Facebook", which is 48.8%, almost half of total votes. If Datuk would like to vote, you can go to http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=question&id=10150259594396670
As you can see the image above, only Sin Chew Daily, the only one mainstream media has 3 votes, for other mainstream media receive no vote at all!
Even though, social media didn't directly contribute to Bersih 2.0 rally, but they did provide platforms for all Malaysians who are not satisfied with our government to gather and to communicate. When only one Malaysian not satisfied, he/she can't do anything. But it is different story when every one of them joins together through social media.
Below are some of the Facebook Pages that gather people who have the same goals.
From the poll above, Datuk needs to engage Malaysians through social media because obviously Malaysians' mindsets changed. If you keep ignoring us, we will ignore you in the future.
*The poll is still open, whoever want to vote, please go to http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=question&id=10150259594396670
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