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CILISOS, Mkini, TMI & FMT kena trolled by fake NGO!

* Photo above of beloved 90s popstar Zainal Abidin. We dunno if this is THE Zainal Abidin from CAGM (most likely not), but we dunno who the real Zainal Abidin is any more.¬†ūüôĀ IT’S NOT YOU RIGHT? ūüôĀ

So about a month ago, we published an article about a certain Md. Zainal Abidin  heading a group called CAGM that was offering RM1 million for anyone with dirt on Tun M. A few days ago, they published another statement from some guy admitting that he was sacked from AmBank for some 1MDB reason. How did we know? Cos everyone covered it Рincluding the Malaysian Insider, Mkini etc.

And then they revealed…

…CAGM (Citizens for Accountable Governance Malaysia) and this Zainal dude¬†were¬†faking it the whole time. On Wednesday, 15 July 2015, the group¬†dropped the bomb on everyone when they revealed¬†there was NO¬†such thing as CAGM, NO¬†such lawyer by the name Md. Zainal Abidin and NO¬†RM1 million prize to give to whistleblowers.

unfortunately we hate to break this news to you CAGM

Unfortunately, we hate to break it to you?! Orly?

Unfortunately, whoever wrote the post also forgot how to spell their Chairman’s own name. It’s Abidin with an ‘i’… like our beloved¬†singer…¬†the spelling of¬†which we¬†made sure we¬†clarified properly when we spoke to him over the phone for our original article.¬†Incidentally, he¬†deserves an Oscar Award for his convincing¬†on-the-phone(y) speech and¬†SMS-es. (D’you supposed he memorised his lines or made it up as he went along¬†like Jack Sparrow?)

Screenshot sms message Zainal Abidin CAGM

After the call, we SMS-ed him for a couple of things

OMG. Just as we were talking about other media being trolled by Emil, then we also kena!

Even this Cute Animal REST STOP doesn't make us feel better :(

Even this Cute Animal REST STOP doesn’t make us feel better ūüôĀ

Hoodwinks.

Bogus.

Charlatans.

ūüė°

confused sylvester screenshot articles cagm fake

But in our defense….we never really trusted¬†you anyway

look up in the sky it's nothing meme

We used this pic in our original article. Click to see how…

Mentioned a few times in our article, we¬†had¬†our doubts. Not that we didn’t believe they EXISTED. We totally admit, we fell for that. At the back of our minds though we always wondered: what’s your¬†game, CAGM?

  1. Like when we pointed out that Lim Kit Siang didn’t buy their story.¬†
  2. Like when we offlink-ed to¬†people’s suspicions about them.
  3. Like when we questioned, why NOW when Mahathir was just starting to pressure Najib; why NOT all those 20 years he was PM, or 12 years after he retired?

Aaaand, don’t forget our¬†biggest¬†question (aside from WHO¬†was funding them):

WHY NOT GO AFTER NAJIB FIRST? 

Y’ know,¬†the current PM, currently in governance?¬†After all, CAGM was all about –¬†albeit falsely –¬†“Accountable Governance” was¬†it not, and Dr. M had quit office a loooong time ago. Oh yeahhh, now we remember the answer ‘Zainal’¬†gave¬†us on the phone! Here’s an excerpt:

“The sequence has to start with Mahathir because he is the base of the current organisation ¬†…¬†¬†1MDB is more damaging. Najib created 1MDB and Mahathir is calling the shots despite retiring 12 years ago.

If you want to go after Najib, fine.” – ‘Zainal’, in our first article … [Click to read full answer]

*Disclaimer: Errr, so in order to play his game, ‘Zainal’ had to fake allude that Najib got scandal¬†also…?? So, those ‘Zainal’s’ words¬†ya,¬†not ours, kthnx.

Looking back at our old poll, ugaiz answered:

cilisos cagm poll voted najib

ZOMGNOWAY!

HMMM.¬†Speaking of which…

 

Why are they only blaming alternative media?

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Hmm, no mentioned of mainstream newspapers

These guys were having a field day mocking alternative media in their blog confession, even though mainstream had also reported¬†about them before. But if CAGM¬†claims to be an ‘experiment’ on the¬†‘great days of journalism’ in Malaysia, why only mention¬†alternative media? Are they saying mainstream guys don’t deserve to be called¬†‘journalists’?

Curiously,¬†mainstream media didn’t cover¬†their latest statement (the fake AmBank SD), except to report that it was fake¬†(CILISOS¬†didn’t report on that one¬†either. Sorry, but we were too busy with¬†1MDB). HMMMM. Conspiracy anyone?

image from barenakedislam

“You’re not getting to me!”¬†image from barenakedislam

Then, they asked why nobody bothered to check if CAGM was registered with the Registrar of Societies.

check ROS wall street journal fell for our tricks CAGM 1

Mebbe they didn’t think you weren’t worth a long-term investigative expose anyway?

But if you don’t mind us asking,¬†as a secret group¬†trying to expose Mahathir, Najib and Abdullah, er… WHY¬†would you have registered your organisation with ROS? More on this later.

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They also claimed WSJ fell for their trick (see above and below)…

tom wright wall street journal CAGM

“…that for a while we forgot this was not real.” WOW. Somebody give him 2 Oscars.

Tom Wright? Now where have we heard that name before?

tom wright original article 700 million najib 1mdb wsj

Click to access original WSJ article

Oraite, he’s the one¬†who wrote WSJ’s expose that¬†$700 million from 1MDB was allegedly banked into Najib’s personal accounts. HAH, what a small world. What a small world indeed!

We tried contacting Tom Wright, but no response. We’ll update this part as it develops.

 

CAGM also not responding anymore

Well, apparently they’re off the radar now. Media people¬†have been trying to contact them to no avail. We SMS also no reply. Well, maybe they really were just a group that wanted to conduct a social experiment.¬†But it sure seems like¬†they¬†had a very clear agenda in mind la, which is to troll alternative media.

saved tom from getting his ass sued off by AmBank

Aiyo, you gonna make grandmothers cringe la, your manners.

Read their conversations¬†with Tom Wright again and let us know in the comments if ugaiz¬†believe CAGM¬†can claim that¬†WSJ “fell for their tricks”.¬†The language, while trolly, also doesn’t really incriminate Tom Wright, since he never published anything about CAGM.

 

Are Malaysian media being trolled?

screenshot of cilisos cagm original first article mahathir

CILISOS posts average between 200 to a kabillion shares, so this one actually underperformed. In other words, at least on our site – Your troll failed.¬†Unfortunately, they did fare better elsewhere¬†– 20.3k shares¬†on TMI, 825 shares on FMT, 74 shares on Malaysiakini (haha, actually they failed here too). Meanwhile¬†The Star doesn’t show shares.

Speaking of which… TMI, FASTER FIX YOUR ARTICLE WEI IT STILL SAYS THEY ARE LEGIT!

But seriously, it kinda makes us wonder…¬†is it troll season for the Malaysian media or something?? First this… then some guy named Lester Melanyi claims he was paid to fake stuff by Sarawak Report… then there are claims that Xavier Justo is also a fake.¬†Unlike what Emil did (that targeted everyone), the¬†other trolling¬†seem to be in one specific direction.

Could it be a concerted effort to paint Malaysian media (of one particular side) as people just looking for a good story, even if it’s a fake?

Or maybe even to cause editors to think twice before covering anything?

 

Can local media be improved?

cilisos rakyatpost featured image

We have our own gripes with local media. Sometimes it seems we’re all super hungry for pageviews (sorry, couldn’t resist bringing up this old issue of the Rakyat Post ripping off our stuff).

And we sacrifice accuracy sometimes to be the first to break the story. Sure, every organisation has a different view on this. We believe in taking a ‘short period’ of a coupla days to add value to a story. Some news organisations don’t have that luxury.¬†Regardless of who their working for tho, most journalists work very hard to bring news to our readers. Things were not easy, even in the old days when newspapers printed once a day. Now with news being churned out by the second….¬†So when stuff like this cheapens our efforts to keep the public informed, we’re sad. But here’s a callout to all other media outlets for a lesson from this incident.

  • ALWAYS tell your readers the credibility of your source.
  • Even if they’re anonymous, mention if they’re trusted or not.

We dunno how much the public hates the media¬†for this, but we’re truly glad there are readers who condemned the NGO for¬†their actions. Some love (and hate)¬†here, here, here, and here.¬†But we were uplifted when we saw readers who analysed it¬†intelligently and¬†talked about¬†the deeper elements to CAGM’s ploy.

Still we gotta ask, at a time like this, when people are being threatened with sedition and all,¬†what makes CAGM¬†so brave? You were trumpeting¬†you had proof on Mahathir’s ‘hidden millions’. Why would you want to put yourself at risk?

Once in a while, some reporter will be made to wear a Hat of Shame by his editor for such mistakes as this.

hat of shame cilisos

This is CILISOS Hat of Shame, which requires the writer to Liquid paper their error on it and wear the hat for half a working day.

But editor has said I don’t have to wear it next week.

“To be honest, we stand by our coverage. We called, and we researched it as much as we could in the typical two days it takes to go to print. We won’t be checking the damn ROS for every NGO we cover cos most of them aren’t cowards hiding behind a fake name¬†and¬†an agenda. Also, within the article, we do write that our sources are somewhat dubious.¬†Jo-Lyn, don’t worry you still got your job.” – Chak, Editor-in-chief, CILISOS

You, CAGM on the other hand, are going to be investigated by AmBank for the fake statement that you made. We sure as heck hope you don’t get off as easy as this writer did.

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