Observing Malaysian Social Media

Archive for January 2014

Popular Tweets from #Kangkung

#Kangkung was a Malaysian social media meme that started yesterday on January 13th 2014. It was prompted by a brief video clip of Prime Minister Najib Razak giving a speech as seen below (from minute 0:46 onwards):

In the video, the PM spoke about the price fluctuation of goods and questioned why the government gets criticised when prices increase but doesn’t get praised when prices decrease. He then gave the example of kangkung (water spinach) that had recently dropped in price. Netizens responded with all kinds of mocking statements and images deriding the PM for this statement, primarily using the hashtag #Kangkung.
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Written by politweet

January 14, 2014 at 3:31 am

Popular Tweets from #RPDM31D #TURUN Protest

A protest rally was held on New Year’s Eve 2013 at Dataran Merdeka, to protest the rising cost of living that is expected to increase further in 2014. Promoters of the event used the hashtags #RPDM31D (that we believe to mean Rakyat Pilih Dataran Merdeka), #RPDM31Dec and #TURUN.

We monitored the event on Twitter and collected 21,923 tweets from 8,600 users. Based on this we compiled the following lists of popular tweets. Ranking was based on the number of users who shared the content on Twitter, and divided between media, links and mentions (tweets without links/media).

Disclaimer: Please remember that the tweets in this list may be misinformation, whether deliberate or unintentional.

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Written by politweet

January 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm