A local fake news portal The Coverage produced another piece of disinformation today. The storyteller behind the portal republished an article in 2016 in a total different context to confuse readers. Many do not know they are consuming FAKE NEWS from an MCA-related website. They unknowingly believed whatever fed into them like the adults in Japanese animation film “Spirited Away”.
Today, many online users received and forwarded a link or screenshot of a “news” published on thecoverage.my. The piece of news basically recycled DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang’s statement in 2016 on Citizen Declaration linking it falsely to recent political development.
However, we all know that the context in 2016 is different from 2020. To give an analogy, and I will use an actual event, many had been fooled by recycled news on the first wave of Covid-19 when the second and third wave hit us. The preparators used news of the first wave as if they were linked to the second or third wave.
Why did The Coverage act irresponsibly to fool its readers? My answer is simple, it is a propagandist fake news portal owned by an MCA-related businessman.
Nowadays, we are bombarded with incalculable amount of information every day. Compare this to three or four decades ago, when we get one or two major news a week.
We know who produced our news on the newspapers or TV channel back then. However, we are now living in a new age where everyone can run a personal media entity, own a website, write “news”, produce news content etc. Yet, not many of us will check who produces the news which we consumed.
On thecoverage.my, the website master did not put up any name of its team members. It was just an empty introduction on the “About us” page. Unlike many other propagandist news websites owned by UMNO, it did not even put up the name of the company which owns the site.
Why would any ordinary media owner be so secretive about their business if they are doing regular media work?
We can, however, find out who owns the website domain. The domain is owned by a company called “Ace Event 168 Sdn Bhd (1125159-K)”. A simple search returned “Shen Yee Aun” as the administrative contact of the company with his email stated as [email protected]
Is Shen Yee Aun the sole owner of this media outlet? Obviously he is not. It seems he is merely the operator of this news portal although he owns 60% of the company shares.
Through a company search, there are three shareholders in Ace Event 168 Sdn Bhd, namely Shen Yee Aun, Ace Consultancy 168 Sdn Bhd, and IdeaRiverRun Sdn Bhd (IDR). The second shareholder is actually another vechicle of Shen Yee Aun.
So, who is Shen Yee Aun? Again, information about this person can easily be searched online. In short, he is a disgruntled member who jumped to MCA in 2013 and had been bashing DAP ever since.
But the question remains, why does this person want to run a news portal just to discredit DAP by fabricating a lot of fake news, including the disinformation about Lim Guan Eng’s son in the past?
We do not know how rich Shen Yee Aun is. But he was able to employ some social media strategists we found on LinkedIn. There are at least two persons, claiming to be social media strategists and listed thecoverage.my as their employer.
I think it is very clear who are the people behind thecoverage.my now.
As consumers, we always check the expiry date and the place of production for the food products we consume. We want to purchase safe and healthy food to keep our body strong. Yet, how many of us check the manufacturer of the food for thoughts in the virtual world?
Many just happily consume expired food for thoughts and rotten propagandist junk news, because probably junk food tastes better.
Friends, always check the background of every news portal so that you know what you are consuming for your brain.
WONG SHU QI – Member of Parliament for Kluang, Malaysia. A former journalist, an advocate for media literacy.
Source : Medium