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    Politics & Elections: Google site for GE 13

    Google launches Malaysian election page as GE13 resource

    MARCH 29, 2013
    A screen capture shows Google’s page on Malaysian politics and elections.KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 ― Google launched its Malaysian elections hubtoday as a resource ahead of the country’s general election due by June.

    The global search engine giant said the page will be curated by its Google Malaysia office and contain trends, information, YouTube videos and links where “citizens can study, watch, learn about, and participate in the policy issues shaping the campaigns as election day nears”.

    It also said users will be able to search for real-time election information within the website and tap into voter information resources compiled from various sources.

    “Google’s mission is to make information universally accessible and useful to users — and this is definitely true for elections. We want to make sure Malaysians have access to all the information available to them in order to help them make a well-informed decision on election day,” said a Google spokesperson.

    He said the Google Election Page was in line with Google’s founding vision: To organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

    He also said the site will allow citizens the ability to connect and engage directly with candidates through a variety of Google’s platforms, such as watching live-streaming on YouTube or discussing issues on Google+ Hangouts.

    Google Malaysia has also worked with various political parties, media owners and non-governmental organisations for the page, he added, saying the site would remain available as a future resource for Malaysian voters, including future general elections.***********************

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      Google launches dedicated site for Malaysia’s general election
      A. AsohanMar 29, 2013

      - *First dedicated Google election site for a South-East Asian country*
      - *To be kept active after GE13 as a general resources page*

      <>GOOGLE Inc has launched a
      dedicated page for Malaysia’s looming general election, the first such
      full-fledged election page for a South-East Asian country.

      While Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has yet to dissolve
      Parliament and name a date for polling, many politicians “have already
      started unofficially campaigning online,” said Zeffri Yusof, head of
      communications and public affairs at Google Malaysia.

      “A lot of campaigning is already happening on YouTube, and all the major
      political parties have their own channels already,” he said at a media
      briefing in Kuala Lumpur on March 27.

      The Malaysian General Election page <>,
      which officially went live at noon (March 29), will help voters stay
      informed in the run-up to GE13, Google said. It will remain active after
      the election as a general resource hub for all election- and
      political-related content on Malaysia.

      The election website features the latest elections-related news and search
      trends, along with links to the major political parties’ websites and
      YouTube channels. Users will be able to search for real-time election
      information within the website and tap into voter information resources
      compiled from various sources.

      These sources include select media outlets like The Star, Media Rakyat and
      Harian Metro as well as non-governmental organizations like
      which aims to encourage youths to vote, and
      an initiative by the Bar Council's Constitutional Law Committee to help
      Malaysian citizens understand the Federal Constitution and their rights.

      Goh Lih Shiun, head of public policy and government relations at Google
      Malaysia, said that Malaysians and journalists also could make use of
      aggregated searches and trends for their own analyses.

      Users can also pick out quick links to, for example, “follow the campaign
      on YouTube,” he said, adding that most of the content came from its
      partners above, while others bits were sources out by the Google itself.

      Google will also be organizing Google Hangouts when the election campaign
      officially kicks off, and hopes it will be able to air debates between
      candidates, depending on their willingness, the company said.

      The Google Malaysia team has been working on the site with the help of the
      sources above since late last year, Zeffri said. The company is open to
      working with any parties, NGOs and media which can help build up its G13
      page, he added.

      When asked why the Election Commission (EC) wasn’t on its page, he said,
      “We have reached out to the EC, and will continue to do so.”

      “This is all in line with our founders’ vision to make information
      universally accessible; we want to make sure Malaysians have access to all
      the information available to them in order to help them make a
      well-informed decision on election day,” he added.

      Malaysia follows the Westminster system, which gives the incumbent the
      advantage of naming an election date. The Malaysian *rakyat* (citizenry)
      has been on tenterhooks since the fourth quarter of last year, expecting
      the Prime Minister to call for elections at any time. Many pundits had
      named dates, but were proven wrong.

      This coming general election, Malaysia’s 13th since Independence, is
      expected to be the most closely-fought. Leaders from Pakatan Rakyat, the
      Opposition alliance, have said they expect GE13 to be the “dirtiest”
      election ever.

      In GE12 in 2008, the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional lost its traditional
      two-thirds majority for the first time. It was also defeated in five
      states, two of them Malaysia’s most economically advanced, Selangor and

      Barisan regained control of Perak in what many see as controversial
      circumstances after three assemblymen quit their parties in Pakatan Rakyat
      and become ‘Barisan-friendly’ independents.

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