Episode
May 2, 2013

Malaysia's social media election

What role are online networking platforms playing in the country's upcoming election?
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A demonstrator for Bersih, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections, takes part in a rally ahead of the Malaysian general elections, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 April 2013. EPA/AHMAD YUSNI


On Thursday, May 2 at 19:30 GMT: 

Who will win Malaysia’s “first social media election”? The web’s become a major battleground between the opposition and the ruling party in what is being considered as the closest election since independence. The Oxford Internet Institute ranks Malaysia sixth worldwide in terms of information production via Twitter. Facebook users have increased by more than 12 million over the last five years. As voters prepare to cast their ballots on May 5, we examine how social media is influencing political campaigning and discourse in Malaysia. Join us at 1930 GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to :

Pek Koon Heng
Director, ASEAN Studies Center, American University

american.edu 

Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz @tunfaisal
Chairman, New Media Unit, UMNO Youth
tunfaisal.com 

Julian Tan @julianlipyi

Malaysian Student, Cambridge University
huffingtonpost.co.uk/julian-tan 

Syazwina Saw @syazwinasaw 
Blogger
syazwinarants.com 

Kumareswaran Sinayah @Kumareswaran_S
Executive Director, Kuala Lumpur Post
kualalumpurpost.net 

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