• On 28 April 2012, ‘Bersih 3.0’, a rally calling for freer and fairer elections estimated that 250,
    000 people gathered to support its cause. Government controlled newspapers the New
    Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia accused this rally attended by 20, 000 demonstrators as a
    plot to destabilise and overthrow the ruling coalition through chaos and disorder. Online
    news portals Malaysiakini and Malaysian Insider however reported that the rally attended by
    150,000 demonstrators began peacefully but ended chaotically as demonstrators, journalists
    and police personnel were attacked and manhandled. While the conflicting reports of
    Bersih 3.0 and other news reports unpublished by the state controlled media through the
    new media suggests political dissent and possible media liberalisation, it does not
    necessarily mean that press freedom is well and alive. It however marks the beginning of
    a larger movement in cyberspace that threatens the hegemony of the ruling coalition. This
    paper examines the proliferation of the new media within the political economic structure
    of the Malaysian society and media; selected representations and messages in the old
    and new media; and whether the strategies and if representations in the new media are
    counter hegemonic tools capable of creating space for diverse voices, dissent and