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Malaysia Malaysian 2013 Election: Fake News Portals, Instant Passports, Instant Voting Rights


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Instant news portals and disinformation abound as opposition party picks up its lead against the ruling party.

Fake TMI article circulated via email

BY Clara Chooi and Amin Iskandar


May 04, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — A fake story claiming that Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s approval rating has soared to an “all-time high” of 73 per cent is being circulated via email, using the bylines of two The Malaysian Insider journalists plus the news portal’s masthead.

The article, headlined “Najib’s rating up to 73%, leads Anwar by 32% as M’sians top choice for PM”, cites the results of a survey by independent pollster Merdeka Center as its alleged source and said Najib’s ratings rose due to concerns among voters over hudud and economic stability under a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government.

It glossed over the results of an actual survey and borrowed lines from some of The Malaysian Insider’s previous stories, tweaking a few facts to match its claim of Barisan Nasional’s (BN) popularity soaring.

The Malaysian Insider received the email from one “Arshad Mohd Nor” using the address suara.rakyat2013@gmail.com at 1.34 this morning.

The article was emailed out several hours after The Malaysian Insider published the results of the actual survey by Merdeka Center that was released yesterday, which said that Najib’s ratings had actually dipped to a low of 61 per cent from 64 per cent last month.

The survey also reported that BN and PR are almost evenly tied to win Election 2013 with 42 per cent of voters surveyed agreeing that the opposition pact should be given a chance to govern the country against 41 per cent who felt only BN should govern Malaysia.

It added that four per cent of the voters refused to respond while 13 per cent of the voters said they “did not know.”

“Based on the survey results and the assumption that the election is free and fair, we estimate that neither Barisan Nasional nor Pakatan Rakyat were in the lead as at 9.30pm on May 2, 2013,” Merdeka Center said in a statement yesterday evening.

The Malaysian Insider received emails this morning from several individuals, including journalists, seeking clarification to the fake article.

This journalist and her colleague Amin Iskandar, who were named in the byline, would like to categorically deny writing the fake article.



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