Malaysians are celebrating the start of a new era with Dr. Mahathir Mohamad being sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia, at the Istana Negara on 10th May 2018. At the mark of this historical change, we observe how a country united on Facebook to overthrow the long-ruling party Barisan Nasional (BN). The people used their vote to overthrow the government as they got tired of kleptocracy and exercised their democratic rights.
Let’s take a look at some Facebook posts where netizens played the watchdog during the elections:
1. Netizens exposing the culprit who tried to smuggle in fake balloting tickets into the polling stations after the election committee announced that ballot tickets without stamps were considered valid.
2. Netizens from Gopeng stopping cars from sending out balloting tickets as counting was not yet completed and had not been acknowledged by the election committee, showing that fake balloting tickets were probably sent in instead.
3. It was confirmed that the counting of votes at Pahang Bentong district were finished and that Pakatan Harapan (PH) had won the district. However, the election committee still refused to acknowledge the results and sent in a lorry loaded with fake balloting tickets, resulting in netizens snapping videos and sharing them on social media.
4. Not forgetting the hero who snatched away the fake balloting tickets and rode away with a motorcyclist.
Below are some translations of social media posts where citizens in various states united and sought support to prevent foul play in the election.
1. Translation: I am a scrutineer, please keep calm. We are the first to know the vote result, so the updates from Pakatan Harapan are the most credible, and we have obtained the approval of SPR Form 14. Even if their additional ballot papers are not legitimate, please do not fall into Najib’s trap. If he declared a state of emergency, we will be finished. Please share with your friends.2. Translation: There are some places where blackouts have started. Ballot boxes from four schools have suddenly disappeared. Please share with your friends!
3. Translation: SJKC Lee Rubber Primary School, Sri Gombak, KL, counted a box of the Pakatan Rakyat‘s vote. They are planning to move all the votes and stop the counting. The people are confronting the police. Anyone who is nearby please come and help! Quick!
4. Translation: SOS! Need help at SSP, there are still a lot of ballot boxes not delivered!
5. Translation: May I ask if there will be any ballot boxes sent to this area at this time? There are some cars sending fake balloting tickets to the polling place near my house?
6. Translation: The people of Malaysia have finally won! I’d like to thank someone the most: Thank you, Mark. Without you, we wouldn’t have won so fast.