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Isu-Isu Utama Sebelum, Semasa dan Selepas Pru 12: Satu Analisis Kandungan Blog-blog Politik Malaysia Terpilih

Suhaimee Saahar Saabar, (2008) Isu-Isu Utama Sebelum, Semasa dan Selepas Pru 12: Satu Analisis Kandungan Blog-blog Politik Malaysia Terpilih. JEBAT: Malaysian Journal of History, Politics & Strategic Studies, 35 . pp. 81-96. ISSN 2180-0251 (electronic), 0126-5044 (printed)

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Abstract

The result of the twelfth Malaysian General Election was a big surprise to many, especially the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition government. It won only 140 out of the 220 parliamentary seats contested. Observersattributed the result to various factors, one of which was the cyber campaign launched by bloggers in the internet. Many of these bloggers saw the internet as a space for them to voice out what had been denied by the mainstream media. This paper seeks to analyze the postings on the blogs by focusing on 193 political blogs that were categorized into three main categories, namely the pro-government blogs, the opposition blogs and the neutral blogs. The findings show that 114 political blogs were critical of or oppposed to the government, and only 28 blogs were supportive of the government. Our findings indicate that these political blogs were dominated mainly by Malay bloggers, who tended to use their pseudonyms to protect their real identities. Most of them were male, with the youngsters the most active. The paper concludes by arguing that the cyber space has now emerged as a main platform for political observers to share information and to speak more freely and more critically about Malaysian politics.

Item Type:Journal
Additional Information:Jebat: Malaysian Journal of History, Politics and Strategic Studies is a peer-reviewed journal published by the School of History, Politics and Strategic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The journal contains studies extending our knowledge on history, politics, international relations inter as well as intercultural relations, strategic studies and peace research. Jebat: Malaysian Journal of History, Politics and Strategic Studies is committed to the publication of scholarship in the fields of social sciences and humanities. It particularly focuses on bringing together research works from a philosophical, textual, social, scientific and human studies background as well as cultural, religion, trade, society, heritage studies, human security, ethnicity, politics and governance. All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, with initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing.
Keywords:Bloggers, Elections, Cyber Space
Subjects:H Social Sciences, Economics, Sociology
ID Code:10244

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