The `secret weapon’ of BN seems to have been unleashed: popular anti-Taib web site Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak web site are out of reach to readers for the last few days, and a Dayak blog Dayak Baru show a notice `This account has been suspended’. These web sites have been the main conduit of information critical to the ruling parties. Instead of rebutting the arguements and reports from the web site-the power that be seems intent to just shut them up! The voters are left none the wiser without any rational and intelligent debate. Taib has recorded a few videos to put up his side of the story-which some how fell flat to be convinsing. Eg he claimed in 1 of them that he does not stay in any lavish house-while the setting to the recording is something like a 5-star hotel!
Other than this the Cy-war branded as `secret weapon’ feature numerous paid bloggers to create blogs to fight the critics. They are headed by the PBB Youth Chief and enlist mainly mainstream reporters to counter the critics. Since what they say have been out in the mainstream press and media there has not been anything comparable to the critics of the regime. Eg they created another blog with a name close to Sarawak Report: it is Sarawakreports.org, with just an extra `s’. But the content is nothing comparable, so is the readership! The Cy-war unit also buy ads to make the copycat web site Sarawakreports.org appear in an ads ontop of search results for Sarawakreport.org.
Of course the cyber-troopers are also sprawling all over the critical blogs to put out their regime-sustaining rheotorics. But most intelligent readers can tell who they are! Whether related or not there are now more blogs and facebook groups which are taking on the job to update campaign situations and also to show up the floppy ways the BN sides are running their campaigns.
But whether BN can win the Cy-war or not the bulk of the rural voters are probably blissfully oblivious to the cy-war latest turn and twists. Unfortunately they are sitting in areas where the majority of the seats -something like 3/4, where the regime will get its mandate renewed. Considering this it is not sure how serious the BN’s paid bloggers are `working’ to deliver their cy-war contracts! But they have brought down Radio Free Sarawak web site which remain the few avenues that can send alternative information to Sarawakians-but mainly in the internet-accesible urban areas. Radio Free Sarawak is still free to transmit and be received in many parts in the vast interior of Sarawak!