Democratisation in Malaysia: the impact of social media in the 2008 general election

Democratisation in Malaysia: the impact of social media in the 2008 general election. In: 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, 5-8 July 2010, Adelaide. (2010)


The proliferation of social media such as blogging and online news portals has ramifications for national security, spanning future operating challenges of a traditional, irregular and disruptive nature. There is no doubt that the Internet is a conduit for alternative information and democratic values because it helps people to evade the intrusive force of censorship. It increases transparency by facilitating the flow of information about government. In the case of Malaysia during the 12th general election in 2008, social media was definitely an important instrument in promoting democracy. It opens up the space for the Malaysian citizens to deliberate political issues and gave the opportunities for the opposition to utilize in influencing the election result. The government has underestimated the influence of social media on the Malaysian voters. With the policy of free cyberspace, social media has huge potential to strengthen the democratization process and democracy in Malaysia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Media, Social Media, Blogging, Internet, The 2008 General Election
Taxonomy: By Subject > Communication & Media Studies > Communication > Communication Management & Policy
By Subject > Communication & Media Studies > Strategic Communication > New Media Communication
Local Content Hub: Subjects > Communication & Media Studies
Depositing User: Muhammad Shafiq Amirullah
Date Deposited: 05 May 2021 02:23
Last Modified: 05 May 2021 02:23
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