The 13GE UMNO/BN “war room” strategists and propagandists thought the rakyat are suckers who could easily fall victim to their lies and falsehoods concocted about the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat, but it is UMNO/BN leaders like the UMNO Vice President and new Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Zahid Hamidi who prove to be the real “suckers”.

The 13GE UMNO/BN “war room” strategists and propagandists thought the rakyat are suckers who could easily fall victim to their lies and falsehoods concocted about the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat, but it is UMNO/BN leaders like the UMNO Vice President and new Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Zahid Hamidi who prove to be the real “suckers”.

Before I am accused of using foul or indecent language, let me give one definition of “sucker” which is “Informal. a person easily cheated, deceived, or imposed upon.”

A case in point is the lies the UMNO/BN “war room” strategists and propagandists concoct and weave about the DAP’s so-called “Red Bean Army” of cybertroopers to demonise the Umno/Barisan Nasional leaders.

The trouble about the allegations about the so-called DAP’s “Red Bean Army” of cybertroopers is that they are so wild and reckless that there is no effort on the part of the UMNO/BN “war room” strategists and propagandists to present a consistent and credible version.

Instead, everyone who jumped on the bandwagon to tell lies and falsehoods about the so-called DAP “Red Bean Army” of cybertroopers had the liberty to develop their own version – which is why the number of “Red Bean Army” varies from 200 to 2,000 and even 3,000; and the monthly payment could vary from RM3,000 a month to even up to RM10,000 a month; and the period of existence of the “Red Bean Army” ranging from four to six years.

This is why the range of expenditures for the alleged “Red Bean Army” could vary from:

(i) RM108 million (based on 200 cybertroopers being paid RM3,000 a month for six years with a RM1.5 million monthly budget, i.e.RM18 million a year or RM108 million in six years); to

(ii) taking an average of RM5,000 a month for 3,000 cybertroopers (the allegation is that the 3,000 cybertroopers are paid from RM3,000 to RM10,000 a month!) which will work out to RM1,080 million in six years.

Only crazy people like those who run the Umno/BN “war room” and who concoct the lies about the “Red Bean Army” can believe that the DAP has RM108 million to RM1,080 million to employ an army of cybertroopers to spread lies and falsehoods about UMNO/BN!

The imagination of these concocters of the “Red Bean Army” just ran riot, not only about the astronomical numbers and budgets but also the centres of operation, claiming that the “Red Bean Army” operates from various centres throughout the country, specifically naming two places – Komtar in Penang and Hotel Concorde, Kuala Lumpur.

I cannot help laughing when I am told that these wild allegations have even forced the Hotel Concorde management to come out with a denial, as reported in yesterday’s New Straits Times “Hotel says it does not know of group’s activities”.

Malaysian journalism is blazing new frontiers, concocting lies from whole cloth, then publishing clarifications and denials in such fictitious plots. If the the New Straits Times is honest, ethical and truthful, its report yesterday should be: “Hotel says there is no such group activities”!

I am reproducing the NST report, for it deserves a permanent place in the history of Malaysian journalism to show the depths Malaysian journalism had descended in the service of the 13GE Umno/BN “war room” strategies:

29 May 2013| last updated at 12:12AM

Hotel says it does not know of group's activities

By AMIRA ZULKIFLI | [email protected]

RED BEAN ARMY: Concorde concerned over claims it is operating from its premises

KUALA LUMPUR: CONCORDE Hotel Kuala Lumpur has no knowledge of the existence of the DAP-funded Red Bean Army (RBA) cybertroopers or their activities in its premises.

In a statement to the New Straits Times, hotel general manager Gary Lee said the hotel's owners and management were deeply concerned over recent media reports claiming that a certain group out to incite hatred against the government was operating from the hotel.

"As a legitimate and reputable corporate entity, Concorde Hotel wishes to state emphatically that the owners and management are totally unaware of the existence of such a group or movement mentioned in these news reports, much less the activities carried out by the unknown parties within the hotel's premises."

"From the day it opened in 1991, Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur has never wavered from its main role as a hospitality service provider in the local tourism industry.

"As a responsible business entity that strictly adheres to all the rules and regulations governing the local hospitality sector, it has never condoned any unlawful business transactions or illegal activities of any kind in the hotel.

"We are solely focused on the business of providing accommodation and food and beverage options to all guests who walk through our doors."

Ex-PKR Youth Information bureau secretary Nordin Ahmad had been quoted in the media, including the New Sunday Times on May 26, as saying that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was utilising a band of cybertroopers, known as the Red Bean Army, to incite hatred against the government by spreading falsehoods over social media.

He also claimed that Anwar had employed services of the RBA, which he claimed to be funded by the DAP, after Pakatan was formed in March 2008.

Nordin had alleged that about 3,000 members of the RBA had been operating for the past six years.

He had claimed that RBA worked with a dedicated network purportedly at the hotel, as well as the Komtar building in Penang.

He had also claimed that the group's propaganda had managed to influence many Malaysians into thinking that the 13th General Election was fraudulent.

This, he had alleged, enabled Anwar to stage a series of rallies called Blackout 505.

Nordin had pointed out several of the RBA's alleged postings, which included rumours of price hikes, had been proven to be mere hoaxes.

He added that the rumours were meant to deceive the public and stir up hatred against the government.

Read more: Hotel says it does not know of group's activities - Latest - New Straits Times

I must congratulate the Umno/BN “war room” strategists and propagandists for not being complete failures – for although they failed to entrap the Malaysian rakyat as “suckers”, at least they caught UMNO/BN leaders like Zahid to be the “suckers” who believed their tales and concoctions and even want to move the entire government agencies and personnel to act on them!

These UMNO/BN “war room” strategists and propagandists would not admit that they had been responsible for trying to concoct the most despicable and unethical of lies – and in order to salvage their reputations, they are continuing to concoct and weave more lies and falsehoods in the hope to get more “suckers” to believe them.

Their latest work is the report “Guan Eng ‘much feared in DAP’” with the by-line of Syed Umar Ariff – containing a new pack of lies and falsehoods.

NST is not training a new generation of journalists but a new generation of liars!

Let us see who are the new “suckers” in the Umno/BN leadership who could believe these new lies and falsehoods about the DAP and Pakatan Rakyat.

Lim Kit Siang DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Gelang Patah