Basically through the ignorance of ordinary people in the street.
The mainstream media generally show little interest in educating people about the real issues; so many people tend to believe everything their leaders tell them.
Now, you might argue that we have the internet media to inform the public, but what percentage of people actually look up independent news websites?
The percentage of people attending opposition rallies is even smaller, perhaps less than one per cent.
Surely, our university students must be better informed. Don’t count on it: one lecturer told me that some students in a particular university even have trouble identifying who the prime minister of the country is. (On the bright side, at least they have not yet been brainwashed by BTN!) And I don’t think that’s mainly due to the UUCA, but perhaps the blame must lie in an education system that does not encourage students to think – let alone think critically about the issues of the day.