Monday, February 25, 2008

Election 2008: When every vote counts, politicians cast a wide Net

In NST:

Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng said some 11 million Malaysians were Internet users and information-technology-savvy.

He said the majority were urban-based graduates and professionals aged between 21 and 40, who were well-informed about current issues and collectively constituted a vital vote bank for the Barisan Nasional and opposition.

"On the Internet, information can be immediately disseminated to a large group of people. Unlike traditional print media which is static, the Net is a dynamic tool."

Khoo said the Net could be effectively used to court fence-sitters.

The politicians already on the bandwagon wax eloquent about it.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

where did you get your stats?
www.internetworldstats.com -as at Dec 2007:
-14.9M users
-60%penetration of 25M population

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Good on you. You have got the latest stats. Read the analysis, that is more important. Don't be petty, you are merely confirming what I have said. Thanks

Khoo Kay Peng said...

Only a fifth of Malaysians have access to the Internet, official data show. There are 10.9 million voters in a nation of 26 million people.

http://www.straitstimes.com/Latest%2BNews/Asia/STIStory_210586.html

Refer here.

Foo Yoong said...

For the past few years, internet has really made an impact to our lives...first with emails, online chats and now blogs. It would be interesting if we could make a study over the effectiveness of internet technology as a campaign media.

Already such trend can be seen from the way a MP conducts an online poll over popularity of candidacy.

May be in future, there will be a platform for online debate by candidates. This will save all the trouble for needing to apply a permit.

Anonymous said...

I was only pointing out the (significant difference) difference in the stats. No judgement intended whatsoever.

As a matter of fact, I am trying to find an authoritative soucce for internet stats in M'sia.

It is really unfortunate you found my comment petty.

I am however, grateful that you later deigned to clarify the question of source.