It’s Feeling Chilly in Malaysia: References from talk

It’s feeling chilly in Malaysia: Internet-led politics journalism, “fake news” and conspirational publics

By Dr. Niki Cheong
Department of Digital Humanities
King’s College London

Research Talk at Centre for Participatory Culture, University of Huddersfield
3 March 2022


Concepts and ideas presented in the lecture were drawn from the following publications:

Cheong, N. (2019). Cybertroopers and the online manipulation of political communication: The Barisan Nasional years (PhD thesis).

Cheong, N. (2020). Disinformation as a response to the “opposition playground” in Malaysia. In A. Sinpeng & R. Tapsell (Eds.), From grassroots activism to disinformation: social media in Southeast Asia (pp. 63–85). ISEAS Publishing.

Cheong, N. (2021). Internet-led political journalism: Challenging hybrid regime resilience in Malaysia. In J. Morrison, J. Birks, & M. Berry (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Political Journalism. Routledge.

Johns, A., & Cheong, N. (2019). Feeling the Chill: Bersih 2.0, State Censorship, and “Networked Affect” on Malaysian Social Media 2012–2018. Social Media + Society, 5(2), 1–12.

Johns, A., & Cheong, N. (2021). The affective pressures of WhatsApp: from safe spaces to conspiratorial publics. Continuum, 35(5), 732–746.


Other cited literature:

Lim, G. (2020). SECURITIZE/COUNTER-SECURITIZE The Life and Death of Malaysia’s Anti-Fake News Act. Data & Society Report.

Lim, J. B. Y. (2017). Engendering civil resistance: Social media and mob tactics in Malaysia. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 20(2), 209–227.

Mohd Azizuddin, M. S. (2014). The Social Media Elections in Malaysia: The 13th General Election in 2013. Kajian Malaysia, 32(1), 119–148.

Steele, J. (2009). Professionalism Online: How Malaysiakini Challenges Authoritarianism. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 14(1), 91–111.

Tapsell, R. (2018). The Smartphone as the “Weapon of the Weak”: Assessing the Role of Communication Technologies in Malaysia’s Regime Change. Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 37(3), 9–29.

Weiss, M. L. (2017). Going to the ground (or AstroTurf): a grassroots view of regime resilience. Democratization, 24(2), 265–282.

Welsh, B. (2011). People Power in Malaysia: Bersih Rally and Its Aftermath. Asia Pacific Bulletin, 128.