Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais!

You’ve heard the phrase, you cannot create something viral: it just becomes viral. And it’s absolutely true!

On January 16th 2010, the Malaysian Information Communication and Culture minister, Dr Rais Yatim stated the following, which was deemed as rather preposterous. This had the whole Internet up in arms against him, especially on the Twittersphere. Here’s an excerpt on what he said taken from The Star Online:

SEREMBAN: Malaysians, especially Muslims, must avoid being totally immersed in the internet culture, especially Facebook and Twitter, said Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

He added that facilities like internet could not be accepted wholly because it was a form of business introduced by the West and “Malaysians were just users.”

“We are not saying that they cannot use Facebook or Twitter but when using such facilities they must upkeep the values taught by Islam, Buddhism or Christianity to maintain our culture,” he told reporters after opening a Seminar on the 1Malaysia concept here on Saturday.

He added that Malaysians who used internet services on social networking sites should be careful with what they see and hear.

“We must be strong in our believes and culture because the identity and image of our country depends on us.

“They are just selling Facebook, Twitter, L-Band and various other services, even through space, as a product but we do not do such business. We accept all this in a state of cultural shock,” he said.

3 days after Malaysians started ranting to one another in every form, they took it onto Twitter in a big way, with the first playful tweets by @bongkerz and a hashtag he coined: #yorais. This kicked of a flurry of tweets that resulted in #yorais becoming a trending topic on Twitter (this is rather significant, as it shows that it’s one of the MOST talked about topics on the whole of Twitter, and that’s quite a big achievement, really!).

With some leftover time on my hands, I decided to choose some of these tweets I particularly liked and highlight them in this video below.

This video was crafted with the aid of “a lot of Keynote”, some Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Quicktime Pro, Macbook Pro, mp3 music and time. Surprise, surprise, you can use Keynote to do a LOT of text animation and movement in a fairly short time frame. It’s built for creating slides easily and moving text, and the best part is, you can export it into .mov format which is perfect for Final Cut Pro to pick up and build on.

Do let me know if you enjoyed it.

111 Comments

  1. orangasle - January 25, 2010

    HILARIOUS

    If only my tweets were not protected :( o’ well next time 😉

  2. joshuaongys - January 25, 2010

    CRAZY!! hhahahahah but i like xD

  3. yoonkit - January 25, 2010

    “You raise me up” was a great choice. How about “Rais Rais Baby”?

    yk

  4. Yongschew - January 25, 2010

    :) interesting! :) wow u actually compile all into one! :)

  5. tekong (Ikhwan Nazri) - January 25, 2010

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    For those who still didn’t know about #yorais, a video by @thebackpackr [link to post]

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  6. smeex (smeex) - January 25, 2010

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    Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! | TheBackpackr.com [link to post]

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  7. rryes (Robbie Reyes) - January 25, 2010

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    FTW!!! RT @TheBackpackr: New blog post: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post]

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  8. brigitterozario (Brigitte Rozario) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @amuse_gueule: RT @scamboy: A must watch video on #yorais [link to post]

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  9. eklern (EkLern Tan) - January 25, 2010

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    @arystle [link to post] here loh haha ur rice rais tweet made it to the video

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  10. klue (KLue) - January 25, 2010

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    RT@myPopIN: Check out this video, featuring the #yorais greatest hits! Nuff said, aduh! [link to post]

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  11. chihohoho (Phoon Chi Ho) - January 25, 2010

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    Haha! LONG LIVE #yorais! Tnks backpackr! – [link to post]

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  12. potatoe (Joe Low) - January 25, 2010

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    @TheBackpackr nice one :) [link to post] – @shaolintiger u femes dy.

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  13. bongkersz (bongkersz) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @netraKL: RT @myPopIN: Check out this video, featuring the #yorais greatest hits! Nuff said, aduh! [link to post]

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  14. alihatta (ali hatta mat som) - January 25, 2010

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    Golden! RT @chihohoho: Haha! LONG LIVE #yorais! Tnks backpackr! – [link to post]

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  15. arystle (arystle kuan) - January 25, 2010

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    awesome! haha. [link to post] #yorais

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  16. sudhir_kumar (Sudhir Kumar) - January 25, 2010

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    Haha! LONG LIVE #yorais! Tnks backpackr! – [link to post] /via @chihohoho damn I can’t see !!

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  17. caxidroidnigon (Caxidroidnigon ®) - January 25, 2010

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    RT: @neyrashazeyra: BEST ENTRY ni: [link to post] #yorais

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  18. cautionsign (cautionsign) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @joycescapade: RT @TheBackpackr: New blog post: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post]

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  19. mayakins (Maya Tan Abdullah) - January 25, 2010

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    Although, in my book – the best ones weren’t in there… RT @mayakins #Yorais immortalised in a video… [link to post]

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  20. dustyhawk (Serge Norguard) - January 25, 2010

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    AWESOME :: [link to post] (via @TheBackpackr)

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  21. CincauHangus - January 25, 2010

    Aww im not in it =(
    Ohh you forgot one more tool in your credits: Twitter!

  22. simonseow (simonseow) - January 25, 2010

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    Where’s my joke? lol RT @TheBackpackr: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post]

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  23. spinzer (Christopher Tock) - January 25, 2010

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    Woo hoo! @bongkersz how many addition to ur followers d? :p RT @WiseFreeman: @spinzer You’re on [link to post]

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  24. kazwan (K Azwan) - January 25, 2010

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    Nice compilation. RT @tekong: For those who still didn’t know about #yorais, a video by @thebackpackr [link to post]

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  25. jL - January 25, 2010

    Too bad it was so short!

  26. annarina (Anna-Rina) - January 25, 2010

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    Haha! @TheBackpackr did u do this when wifey @ShootDiva was away for her shoot? Hehehe. Good one :: [link to post]

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  27. TheBackpackr (TheBackpackr) - January 25, 2010

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    *grin* yup! RT @annarina: Haha! @TheBackpackr did u do this when wifey @ShootDiva was away for her shoot? Good one :: [link to post]

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  28. ShootDiva (Grace Tan) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @TheBackpackr: New blog post: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post]

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  29. miri085 (Zulhardy) - January 25, 2010

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    for those who missed #yorais, this is everythin in a nutshell. enjoyssss [link to post] #fb

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  30. pellepuns (Hafiz Ismail) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @miri085: for those who missed #yorais, this is everythin in a nutshell. enjoyssss [link to post] #fb

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  31. monast (Mona Cheah) - January 25, 2010

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    RT: @Asohan: RT @TheBackpackr: New blog post: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post] .

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  32. bethsamuel (Beth) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @yoonkit: #yorais me up! @thebackpackr’s tribute to our finest Minister of Information: [link to post]

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  33. jasonmumbles (Jason Lioh) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @TheBackpackr: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post]

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  34. eza0707 (eza_luna) - January 25, 2010

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    #yorais FTW! RT @myPopIN Check out this video, featuring the #yorais greatest hits!
    Nuff said, aduh! [link to post]

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  35. Monica_Voon (Monica Voon) - January 25, 2010

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    Hysterical. Laughed till I cried. Twitter crowd is mercilles! RT @mayakins: #Yorais immortalised in a video… [link to post] #fb

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  36. yoonkit (yoonkit) - January 25, 2010

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    #yorais me up! @thebackpackr’s tribute to our finest Minister of Information: [link to post]

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  37. AdrianNCF (Adrian Ng) - January 25, 2010

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    Check it out guys…greatest hits on #yorais hahaha [link to post]

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  38. miri085 (Zulhardy) - January 25, 2010

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    rofl .. RT @tuansenangbesar: [link to post]

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  39. fishfoot (Naydeah Ferhanah) - January 25, 2010

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    Trying to watch [link to post] … not loading here…

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  40. gracelook (Grace Look) - January 25, 2010

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    Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post] (via @TheBackpackr)

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  41. mayakins (Maya Tan Abdullah) - January 25, 2010

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    #Yorais immortalised in a video… [link to post]

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  42. mayakins (Maya Tan Abdullah) - January 25, 2010

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    Although, in my book – the best ones weren’t all in there… RT @mayakins #Yorais immortalised in a video… [link to post]

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  43. GypsyQue3n (Janet) - January 25, 2010

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    This is sums it up [link to post] In fact, the whole transcript should be made into a TweetBook and mailed to #yorais!

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  44. TheBackpackr (TheBackpackr) - January 25, 2010

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    Which were your faves? RT @mayakins: The best ones weren’t all in there RT @mayakins #Yorais immortalised in a video… [link to post]

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  45. zamnayan (Zam Nayan) - January 25, 2010

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    DAYUMN! RT @klue: RT@myPopIN: Check out this video, featuring the #yorais greatest hits! Nuff said, aduh! [link to post]

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  46. junw3n (Jun Wen) - January 25, 2010

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    For those who still didn’t know about #yorais, a video by @thebackpackr [link to post] #fb

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  47. adelevm (Adele Mariadass) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @TheBackpackr: New blog post: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post]- …

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  48. undone (Jibran) - January 25, 2010

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    Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! | TheBackpackr.com: The Malaysian Information minister made a sill… [link to post]

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  49. vazflav (Flavia Vaz) - January 25, 2010

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    LOL RT @monica_voon: Hysterical. Laughed till I cried. RT @mayakins: #Yorais immortalised in a video… [link to post] #fb

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  50. lorrainesiew (Lorraine Siew) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @KLue featuring the #yorais greatest hits! [link to post] Shit. Can’t watch this in the office. Gonna LMAO! XD

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  51. ahpoo (jeff lee) - January 25, 2010

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    hahahaha..so funny..should have been a feature length movie !! may just outdo avatar at the box-office !!!. [link to post] #fb

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  52. yournewsfeed (Ana Hoffman) - January 25, 2010

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    Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! | TheBackpackr.com: The Malaysian Information minister made a sill… [link to post]

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  53. Gittees (Gittees) - January 25, 2010

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    Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! | TheBackpackr.com: The Malaysian Information … [link to post] http://bit.ly/6dBgRJ

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  54. Twit_Review (Danny Dunmore) - January 25, 2010

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    Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! | TheBackpackr.com: The Malaysian Information minister made a sill… [link to post]

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  55. TweetAdderRevie (Mr Review :) - January 25, 2010

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    Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! | TheBackpackr.com: The Malaysian Information minister made a silly… [link to post]

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  56. TutorTV (TutorTV) - January 25, 2010

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    Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! | TheBackpackr.com [link to post]

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  57. vazflav (Flavia Vaz) - January 25, 2010

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    LOL RT @monica_voon: Hysterical. Laughed till I cried. RT @mayakins: #Yorais immortalised in a video… [link to post]

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  58. kesterize (Kester Low) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @arystle: awesome! haha. [link to post] #yorais

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  59. qwertyjuan (qwertyjuan) - January 25, 2010

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    brilliant! RT @TheBackpackr: New blog post: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post]

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  60. sochews (Jon Chew) - January 25, 2010

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    Great vid RT @Shootdiva RT @TheBackpackr: New blog post: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post]

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  61. myPopIN (PopIN) - January 25, 2010

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    Check out this video, featuring the #yorais greatest hits! Nuff said, aduh! [link to post]

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  62. ahpoo (jeff lee) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @myPopIN: Check out this video, featuring the #yorais greatest hits! Nuff said, aduh! [link to post]

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  63. alletslexy (Stella Teoh) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @joshuaongys: RT: @jasonmumbles: RT @TheBackpackr: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post]

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  64. eklern (EkLern Tan) - January 25, 2010

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    #yorais factor RT @joshuaongys @jasonmumbles RT @TheBackpackr: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post]

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  65. kellygoh (Kelly Goh) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @TheBackpackr: New blog post: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post] .

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  66. nadiahkimie (Nadiah Kimie) - January 25, 2010

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    wakakaka 😀 RT @klue RT@myPopIN Check out this video, featuring the #yorais greatest hits! Nuff said, aduh! [link to post]

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  67. lightyoruichi (‫‬‭‮‪‫‬‭‮redniraH) - January 25, 2010

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    RT: @tekong: For those who still didn’t know about #yorais, a video by @thebackpackr [link to post]

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  68. LKWave (Larry King) - January 25, 2010

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    Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! | TheBackpackr.com [link to post] #Social

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  69. info4sheff (Dean Sheffield) - January 25, 2010

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    Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! | TheBackpackr.com [link to post]

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  70. chrisoro (christina orow) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @klue: RT@myPopIN: Check out this video, featuring the #yorais greatest hits! Nuff said, aduh! [link to post]

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  71. ben_israel (Ben Israel) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @TheBackpackr New blog post: Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post]

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  72. bal_agil (Bal Agil) - January 25, 2010

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    Good stuff, no doubt! RT @blogjunkie: @TheBackpackr good job on the #yorais video! wasted too much time watching it LOL [link to post]

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  73. jasongan (Jason Gan) - January 25, 2010

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    Seriously good! RT @blogjunkie: @TheBackpackr good job on the #yorais video! wasted too much time watching it LOL [link to post]

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  74. shuntez (Shuntez) - January 25, 2010

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    Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks yorais! | TheBackpackr.com: The Malaysian Informat.. [link to post] http://bit.ly/6dBgRJ http://friendfeed.com/e/2042a5c9-0ac6-482b-9e60-7951ebb32689

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  75. TheHighPriestes (Usha Joy) - January 25, 2010

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    bloody brilliant – [link to post]

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  76. blogjunkie (David Wang) - January 25, 2010

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    @TheBackpackr good job on the #yorais video! wasted too much time watching it LOL [link to post]

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  77. TheBackpackr (TheBackpackr) - January 25, 2010

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    Thanks everyone for the kind words about the #yorais post. I almost believe you can create viral! [link to post]

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  78. ahpoo (jeff lee) - January 25, 2010

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    hahahaha..so funny..should have been a feature length movie !! may just outdo avatar at the box-office !!!. [link to post] #fb #yorais

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  79. addierocks (The Adeline) - January 25, 2010

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    This is good stuff done using Keynote :) RT @TheBackpackr: [link to post]

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  80. TheBackpackr (TheBackpackr) - January 25, 2010

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    @sivinkit aka Mr Prezi, seen the video I did that heavily used Keynote? You might not approve of the content though! [link to post]

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  81. BaltimoreHUD (Baltimore HUD Homes) - January 25, 2010

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    “Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! | TheBackpackr.com” [link to post]

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  82. maskawaih (Muhammad Maskawaih) - January 25, 2010

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    Oh #yorais RT @WiseFreeman: @maskawaih You’re on [link to post]

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  83. hendranokta (weaperdana) - January 25, 2010

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    RT @hendranokta Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! | TheBackpackr.com [link to post]

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  84. James - January 25, 2010

    Backpacker,

    nice & funny. The very thing the initial message meant to kill, spreads the message.

    Must have taken quite a bit of time to get it done. Btw, u sure u r ok using the music i.e. rights & etc?

  85. eeleenlee - January 25, 2010

    Reminiscient and in some ways better than those ‘Yo Mama!” jokes…

  86. FUSEband (FUSE) - January 26, 2010

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    Virals just happen! [link to post]

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  87. spinzer (Christopher Tock) - January 26, 2010

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    [link to post] I can never get enough of the music used in this video, lol!

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  88. mozaleha (zaleha mohd.) - January 26, 2010

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    RT @thebackpackr #yorais [link to post]

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  89. sharonbakar (sharon bakar) - January 26, 2010

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    Hilarious video. How Malaysians created history on Twitter and sent #yorais viral! [link to post]

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  90. kathycsquest (Kathy Cheung Kaki) - January 26, 2010

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    RT @tweetmeme Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! | TheBackpackr.com [link to post]

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  91. johnnyrempit (johnnyrempit) - January 26, 2010

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    #nowplaying The Best of #yorais at [link to post]

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  92. warbaby - January 26, 2010

    Nice one! 😀 Good job man

  93. Med - January 26, 2010

    OMG, I fell off chair laughing lah Shanon. Nice one!

  94. trinetizen (Julian Matthews) - January 26, 2010

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    After one week #yorais sudah bubur. But this video captures all the yorais-es in one pot: [link to post]

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  95. frantik - January 27, 2010

    This is embarrassing and just too funny to pass…..
    Oh my God…..Minister of Information wow….I am speechless…..wow!
    Informasi dan Teknologi…………

    This is funny and what a great song too ha ha ha ha…

    WoW look at all of you …all of us here

    All races….One Malaysia indeed he did it :)))

    Still so damn funny

  96. Samantha_Tan (Samantha Tan) - January 27, 2010

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    @chihohoho @duuuhvina omg you guys are in this! hahaha oh yorais, finally a video [link to post] #yorais

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  97. Samantha_Tan (Samantha Tan) - January 27, 2010

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    hahahahaha oh yorais, finally a video [link to post] #yorais

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  98. mikhailhanafi (Mikhail Iskandar) - January 31, 2010

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    Must watch video on #yorais XD [link to post]

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  99. MelissaLoovi (Melissa Loovi) - February 5, 2010

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    Malaysia goes viral on Twitter. Thanks #yorais! [link to post] via @AddToAny

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  100. ianmiri (ian) - February 9, 2010

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    [link to post] Malaysia goes viral on Twitter LOL
    — how come I’m always the last to know about this?

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  101. reubenhot - February 16, 2010

    Fantastic Post and video !!! Nothing will ever come close to it….. For now 😛

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  103. Jo Ling - October 25, 2012

    Video no longer availabe? :(

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