Currently Malaysia is going through a terrible phase. Where the government seems to be helping its people but in reality they are robbing its people of its riches. Thanks to Social Media the people of Malaysia can come together. The name of the champagne is called Bersih. When translated to English it means clean. There are several goals to the champagne but some of the main points are to have a clean electoral roll, reform the current postal ballot (as it’s not fair for everyone) and to stop the corruption that is happening.
So far there had been 4 rallies, each with an increasingly more amount of supporters. Social media is helping coordinate these rallies as updates are always being posted and location to meet. I have been to one of these rallies before and it is intense. However a peaceful rally is hammered as tear gas and water cannons were used in some of the rallies. During this time people were continuously tweeting about where the areas are being hit by the gas and safes spots where members can go to and collect themselves.
With technology the rallies are becoming more coordinated. Hashtag becomes an important tool for people to find and distribute message about the rally #bersih.
This has been going on since 2007 and this year there will be another rally. The organisation is now utilizing the technology we have and has as participants of the rally to use an app call ‘Prime’. This apps provides the necessary news as well as instance updates on the situation. Not only that but Facebook pages are made to help more information to be distributed around the people. People can also go on Periscope and stream to the world what is happening at that very moment of the rally. As a conclusion social media has allowed more information to travel to more people in an instance. Authority figures can never shut this down as there are always different nodes that the people can use and disseminate information. This year’s rally will take place on 19 November 2016. The hashtag being used is #KonvoiBERSIH5 hopefully things can turn out better.
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