The internet related political drama thickens as a new video from a group claiming to be Anonymous Malaysia has surfaced. This time, the claim is that Anonymous Malaysia has not threatened the government or Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Razak; and that there is a copycat group masquerading as the true Anonymous.
This new video, which is of similarly suspect origin, claims that Anonymous Malaysia does not interfere with investigations that are not yet completed; nor are they interested in getting involved with political matters. The video also continued to say that the Malaysian leaders were elected through democratic means and that the hacktivist group does not have a problem with it.
While the first video made some outlandish claims, this new announcement takes the ridiculousness to a whole new level. It is clearly made by a group that is not aware of what Anonymous is or does; especially with the claim that Anonymous is not interested in political matters. The group has aligned itself with the Occupy movement in America and was an early supporter of the Arab Spring; and by definition takes a keen interest in political matters.
Much like the original Anonymous claim, there is also a loose grasp of the English language in the new announcement. Some may argue that it might be a little looser here, but the difference is debatable.
It is likely that neither of these announcements were made by Anonymous, and are locals using the name to organise. However, a news report by Astro Awani claims that Anonymous Malaysia does indeed exist. The report also claims that there is schism in the group, with the original group wanting to avoid being involved in Malaysian politics. A splinter group calling itself Anonymous Malaysia Team is apparently adamant on carrying out its threats, and is supposedly recruiting hackers from China to boost its numbers.
The only way to find out who is telling the truth is to wait for the supposed cyber-attacks which are scheduled to take place on 29 and 30 August.
[Source: Astro Awani]