First, some background info for my overseas readers (heh, as if I have any except Owen). Zam is our Minister of Information who controls the airwaves, print media, what shows to be screen and basically, the wet blanket where entertainment is concerned. He said this:
Zainuddin hoped newspapers would not give credit to blog websites as they could become influential and become widespread.
Saying that there was no need to ban blog websites, he urged bloggers to be more responsible.
Now, this is really funny. Let’s hear it from 5xmom, Malaysia 50 most influential blogger, position #14. (slaps self at how funny that sounds)
Eh, pakcik, firstly, let’s see which direction you want our country to head? Back to the time, when people etched words on stone slabs like Moses? No, right? We are talking about Vision 2020, we teach our kids to sing Saya suka IT, we boasted about how terror-merror our Multimedia Super Corridor and temberang besar cam tu kan? So, how? You want to curb the 21 million people from using the computer? Think first lah, pakcik before you quote things like these.
Then, you are talking about print media. Eh, how fast you think print media can reach us? The next day. Say we have an earthquake, dah mampus semua pun kita tak tau, kena tunngu suratkhabar. So, please lah…think first, pakcik.
Now, if I am from the print media, I would take offence with this quote:
“You (journalists) should not allow your readers to believe blog websites as a reliable source,” he said when commenting on the trend among newspapers to attribute blog websites as the source, hence indirectly promoting them.
If I am the big boss of the print media, I will probably say….”Eh, lu ingat kita orang tarak hotak kah? You think our journalists are blind and brainless or what? Of course, our journalists have done their homework well and when they have reasonable facts, then only they quote. And the editors too would have heard the rustle, smell the smoke and only approve the news to pass through.”
And as a rakyat Malaysia yang tak berpelajaran tinggi, a lowly educated woman, I also beh song with what you said pakcik. You think we citizens of Malaysia don’t have the brains to judge what is good and what is not? What are lies and what are truths we couldn’t care less?
So, stop throwing your Ministry power around and be another one of the Ministers who threatens us bloggers with “we can ban bloggers”. Save your saliva lah. We have grown up and have our maturity to judge.
Just yesterday, a relative of mine who is a doctor in the IT line told me how CDC (the centre of disease control) are moving towards blogs to disseminate the important news and changes regarding spread of diseases. They are roping in bloggers to work with them. And here in our country, all the kataks are trying to pull us away from blogging.
Wake up, Government of Malaysia. Either you start blogging and give us your side of the stories or become the jokes of commoners like me.