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Tri-Election and the Blogosphere

If the popularity trend in blogs has any bearing on the tri-election results in Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau and Batang Ai, then I believe Pakatan Rakyat stands to win all three convincingly. But unfortunately, I doubt that is the case here, particularly in Batang Ai where the Internet penetration there is perhaps only around 1% or less.

At the very least, the results below could provide some indication where the blogging community is heading.

In the new free media of the Internet, should Barisan Nasional and its component party leaders/members fail to recognize the growing and powerful impact of blogs, then it is likely to spell doom for the party. Setting up a blog is one thing, but more importantly is to have a good quality blog content. No point in having a blog if it's not frequently updated or merely posting news reports as blog posts.

Anyway, if the three by-elections in Perak, Kedah and Sarawak were to be judged by "popularity in blogs", this is the results.

Ismail Saffian and Nizar Jamaluddin
Ismail Saffian (BN) vs Nizar Jamaluddin (PAS)

S. Ganeson and S.Manikumar
S. Ganeson (BN) vs S.Manikumar (PKR) [This is worst. Blogs on S.Ganeson is almost non-existent]

Malcolm Mussen and Jawah Gerang
Malcolm Mussen (BN) vs Jawah Gerang (PKR)

Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat
Barisan Nasional vs Pakatan Rakyat

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