Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim akan menggunakan kemudahan YouTube dan aplikasi persidangan video Google Hangout bagi mendekati warga maya yang rata-rata golongan muda.
Dilihat cuba menyaingi populariti Datuk Seri Najib Razak di Internet, Anwar berkata, "Borak Bersama Anwar" pada 17 Ogos itu bertujuan memberi maklum balas langsung kepada rakyat.
"Anda ada soalan boleh bertanya terus," katanya yang mengaku teruja untuk melibatkan rakyat Malaysia di Internet sebagai "pencetus kebebasan bersuara".
Dalam kenyataannya hari ini, Anwar berkata, pasukannya dan pekerja sukarelawan akan bekerja keras melayan setiap soalan yang akan diajukan padanya.
Soalan untuk Anwar boleh dikemukakan melalui laman Facebok peminatnya di www.facebook.com/anwaribrahim.keadilan, Google Plus, soalan video di YouTube dan melalui hashtag #BorakAnwar di Twitter.
"Sesi sejam akan termasuk mereka yang dijemput untuk menyertai sebagai panelis video secara langsung, seperti yang dinyatakan sebelum ini, semasa sesi tersebut.
"Ahli panel akan dipilih dari mereka yang telah menghantar video mereka. Jadilah salah seorang daripada mereka," katanya.
Sambil berkata berbangga menjadi pemimpin politik tempatan pertama menggunakan Google Hangout, Anwar menyeru semua ahli politik menggunakan ruang bersuara oleh gergasi Internet Google itu.
Vowing not to lose the “Internet war” to the Opposition once again, the youth wing of Barisan Nasional (BN) has launched a new initiative to win over the hearts and minds of young supporters on cyberspace. BN Youth chairman Khairy Jamaluddin said the Barisan Nasional Youth Cyber Team (BNYCT) project would ensure that the BN would not play second fiddle to the Opposition in cyberspace as they did in the 2008 general election, when the ruling coalition registered its worst performance."The political tsunami in 2008... (was partly) due to the vacuum in cyberspace, we had surrendered to the Opposition,” Khairy said at the launch of the project on Wednesday. "(Now) we won't surrender that space to any party."
The Rembau MP said there was a clear lack of centralised means to spread pro-government information online in 2008, butwith this initiative the mistake would not be repeated.
He said BNYCT would focus on accumulating a network of pro-government Internet users who would then create a centralisednetwork to counter any slander made by the Opposition.
Khairy, who is also Umno Youth chief, said people mostly obtained their news from social media nowadays.
"People no longer wait for (TV3’s) Buletin Utama at 8pm anymore...The news is created now, not in headlines tomorrow," he said.
The BN, he said, could capitalise on this by reacting to matters, especially Opposition slander, in a timely manner."If we can understand the news cycle, we can provide the right facts and turn around the support," he said.Khairy pointed out that this was different from the role of the BN Cybertroopers, who were in a head-to-head "war" with the Opposition Cybertroopers.
He said that the BN already had the support of cyber-users but they were not centralised. He cited the example of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who has 801,833 followers on Twitter, as opposed to 179,830 followers for Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
BNYCT will be a volunteer-based programme, said Khairy, adding that there was no specific target on the number of volunteers.He also said that the programme would be virtually cost free as it involved the social media."We don't need consultants to help us with Facebook," he said.