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Opinion Analysis on Rohingya Refugees by Twitter Users in Malaysia

1. Background

On May 7th news broke online of the discovery of human trafficking camps along the Malaysia-Thailand border [1]. This was followed by news of Rohingya refugees landing in Indonesia and Malaysia on May 11th [2].

In the days that followed images of overcrowded boats filled with Rohingya refugees spread across social media along with news of their plight and suffering. This was combined with news that Malaysia turned the boats away.

This prompted a conversation online that developed over the following weeks over what should be done about the refugees at sea and who was responsible for their current plight.

2. Our Analysis

We performed opinion-based analysis on 418 users based in Malaysia who tweeted about the Rohingya refugees and related terms from May 7th – May 22nd 2015. The margin of error is +/- 4.79%.

Users were selected based on their tweet content and activity during this period. Sampling was done per-state based on the current estimated user population.

Spammers, news agencies and accounts with automated tweets were not included in the sample.

From this dataset we analysed the individual Twitter user timelines to determine their opinion. This took their tweets, retweets and conversations into account.

Our goal was to gauge public opinion by Malaysian users on the Rohingya refugees stranded at sea, focused on 2 questions:

  1. What should be done?
  2. Who should be responsible?

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June 10, 2015 at 2:18 am

Popular Tweets About Mary Jane Veloso, April 25th – 30th

Mary Jane Veloso was part a group of drug traffickers and smugglers who were to be executed on April 29th 2015. Mary, a Filipino woman, was arrested in Indonesia on April 25th 2010 for alleged possession of 2.6 kilograms of heroin.

On October 11th, 2010 she was given the death penalty. After many appeals, in March 2015 a petition to save Mary Jane (using the hashtag #SaveMaryJane) started in the Philippines. She was subsequently handed a Notice of Execution on April 25th 2015.

On April 29th she was granted a stay of her execution. Eight other prisoners (including 2 members of the Bali 9 group, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran) were executed by firing squad that same day.

We collected tweets about Mary Jane Veloso, the #SaveMaryJane campaign and the #MaryJaneLives response from April 25th – April 30th 2015 (UTC+8 Malaysian Standard Time). What follows is a summary of popularly shared content and the network of users tweeting about the topic.

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May 7, 2015 at 1:50 am

Popular Tweets About ASEAN, April 24th 2015

From the 24th – 28th of April 2015, Malaysia will be hosting the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi. In the week leading up to the summit, a number of ASEAN-related events are being held in Malaysia. We have been tracking keywords and hashtags associated with ASEAN and prepared a summary of the most-shared content and most popular users on Twitter for April 24th. This summary is focused more on events happening in Malaysia.

For details about the ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) programmes please visit http://aseanpeople.org/.

For news coverage of APF please visit https://www.facebook.com/DurianAsean. A list of popular Twitter users is available at the end of this post.

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April 27, 2015 at 11:58 am

Popular Tweets About ASEAN, April 23rd 2015

From the 24th – 28th of April 2015, Malaysia will be hosting the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi. In the week leading up to the summit, a number of ASEAN-related events are being held in Malaysia. We have been tracking keywords and hashtags associated with ASEAN and prepared a summary of the most-shared content and most popular users on Twitter for April 23rd. This summary is focused more on events happening in Malaysia.

For details about the ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) programmes please visit http://aseanpeople.org/.

For news coverage of APF please visit https://www.facebook.com/DurianAsean. A list of popular Twitter users is available at the end of this post.

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April 24, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Popular Tweets About ASEAN, April 22nd 2015

From the 24th – 28th of April 2015, Malaysia will be hosting the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi. In the week leading up to the summit, a number of ASEAN-related events are being held in Malaysia. We have been tracking keywords and hashtags associated with ASEAN and prepared a summary of the most-shared content and most popular users on Twitter for April 22nd.

For details about the ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) programmes please visit http://aseanpeople.org/.

For news coverage of APF please visit https://www.facebook.com/DurianAsean. A list of popular Twitter users is available at the end of this post.

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April 23, 2015 at 4:06 am