DAP’s advantage: freer Chinese newspapers
Peninsular Malaysia’s Chinese press, relatively freer than other mass-circulation newspapers, gave the DAP a propaganda advantage over its Pakatan Rakyat partners, PAS and PKR, said a party official.
Loke Siew Fook of Negeri Sembilan DAP, was quoted in today’s Sin Chew Daily as saying that the Malay community had a narrower room to receive information as most Malay media have been under control. “DAP has an advantage here, but not PAS and the PKR as Malay newspapers would not give them the same convenience,” he said.
He said that the DAP was able to mobilise its supporters to attend its ceramah by advertising and obtaining publicity in Chinese newspapers and through Facebook. However, PAS and the PKR had to rely on traditional ways such as leaflets and banners. With ceramah being held every night during the campaign, it was less effective.
“We know their difficulties. Although we are disappointed, we will not blame them,” he said, referring to Pakatan’s failure to take power in Negeri Sembilan, one of the eight possible “change” states on the coalition’s list.
» DAP propagandised through Chinese newspapers: Loke Siew Fook (Sin Chew Daily).