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Video clips ― Lim Sue Goan

March 30, 2013

 MARCH 30 A man became an overnight sensation after shooting a short video clip. He then joined politics and was elected a member of Parliament.

Another woman also became popular overnight because of a short video clip. However, everyone distanced themselves from her and she seems to have vanished since then.

Can you guess who they are? Yes, the man is Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne, who shot the VK Lingam video clip; and the woman is “Ms Listen” Sharifah Zohra Jabeen, president of Suara Wanita 1Malaysia (SW1M).

Before the video clip was released by Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 2007, Loh Gwo Burne was a young man with no idea about politics. However, the video clip had caused the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry while making him a contestant of the Kelana Jaya parliamentary constituency under the PKR banner. Eventually, he was elected into the Parliament.

The next general election is approaching and it is heard that Loh Gwo Burne would not be fielded to contest this time. Accompanied by his father Mui Fah, he recently released another video clip which he claimed showed another case fixing within the judiciary. Would the new video clip help him to continue his political life?

The short video clip featuring Ms Listen revealed the brainwashing activities in national universities, a kind of undemocratic student management approach. Therefore, Sharifah was severely denounced after the video clip went viral online.

The atmosphere of political confrontation has gradually concentrated over recent years. Various short video clips were released, including some discrediting politicians like those showing prostitution and oral sex. The latest video clip would be the one allegedly featuring Anwar’s daughter, Nurul Izzah.

The most eye-catching video is the one released by international non-governmental organisation Global Witness that alleged Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was selling native customary rights (NCR) land through his cousins. Although the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has started the investigation, it is still expected to become an election campaign issue.

In addition, there are also video clips meant to ridicule political opponents. From Ms Equality Ceylyn Tay to Ms Tow Truck Jessie Ooi, Ms Laundry who filmed a video clip entitled “Formula BN berkualiti & dipercayai” to pledge support for the BN and Mr Ubah Shen Yee Aun, these video clips have achieved the effects of exaggerating, stirring emotions and creating disturbance. Unfortunately, instead of rationally refuted, some netizens actually launched personal attacks and insulted them.

Politicians have also made full use of Youtube to achieve the purpose of self-promotion. The DAP is an ace at this. The party released a series of video clips called “Ubah Rocket Style” in four languages on the 2013 New Year’s Day.

Meanwhile, Gerakan tries to catch up by uploading four election campaigning video clips to highlight the party’s contribution to the country.

Of course, spoof and edited video clips still receive the highest views.

Most edited videos meant to ridicule the BN feature Adolf Hitler or are adapted from Stephen Chow’s movies. Recently, there are also video clips adapted from Hong Kong movies Cold War and The God of Cookery to attack the DAP.

Some video clips are very vulgar with very problematic arguments. Polls reform movement Bersih has lashed out at several video clips satirising the phantom voter phenomenon, criticising that they were racist and xenophobic.

Just like other new technologies, online video clips will be widely used as an election campaign weapon. However, whether the knife is used to save or kill lives depends on the purpose of making and shooting the videos.

There are too many unfair things in the world and many people proclaimed themselves as the embodiments of justice. Online video clips have met these people’s fantasies. mysinchew,com

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.