Utusan seems to take spinning to an incredible level, the latest being the existence of a Red Bean Army allegedly sponsored by DAP since 2008. Are they trying to prove that by spinning something often and long enough, people will believe?
The best way to prove its existence is to ask any Chinese (since DAP has been painted as a Chinese party, despite having Karpal Singh as Chairman and having a fair number of Indian MPs and ADUNs, and even a couple of Malay MPs and ADUNs), to see if they have heard of such a term, let alone its existence.
Next, is to find out from Utusan, who are the 200 or so cybertroopers who are being employed at Rm3,000 a month for several years! I am just as curious as anyone to know the webmasters or bloggers who should be known easily by their site names and not necessarily their real names. It is rather unfair for Utusan to claim the existence of such a cyber army without naming at least some of them. People need to know exactly who they are referring to because some might be wrongly accused without even knowing it. Mention the names so that the people can judge for themselves whether what Utusan claimed makes any sense that they are paid cybertroopers.
As far as DAP as a party is concerned, those who know can relate how they managed on shoestring budgets before, and only recently, backed by more generous donations from more supporters. DAP's MPs and ADUNs are used to 'hands-on' work like laying out chairs and collecting and stacking them after use. Recently, for GE13, party supporters were seen in a picture, helping in writing out words and Chinese characters on white cloth for campaign purposes. They were volunteers who offered to help. Pakatan parties relied much on volunteerism, a term alien to BN's 'what's in it for me' supporters. They were able to do much with minimal costs.
There are also disparate bloggers who feel obliged to provide alternative news which are not covered by mainstream media. They feel it necessary to voice out opinions, hoping that if more are voicing out, then it would become a chorus and be heard. They are really pissed off by the shameless propaganda in newspapers and tv channels treated as news.
Even DAP's veteran and party advisor, Lim Kit Siang, never heard of it:
Claims that DAP spends RM108 million in past six years to employ a 200-strong Red Bean Army of cybertroopers a total figment of imagination of Utusan Malaysia and failed UMNO/BN propagandists