Apparently, most Malaysian politicians have no clue when it comes to the Internet and blogging in particular. While it would make more sense to set up blogs and other social networks which will be more beneficial, some clueless politicians in Malaysia are attacking the technology itself and not being pragmatic at all on the issue.
Blogging is not an entirely new Internet phenomenon; if only Deputy Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor studied the topic with at least 0.25% of his brain’s capabilities, he would see that even politicians and lawmakers from other countries such as the UK and the USA have been harnessing the power of blogging to gain grassroots support for their causes.
And what have Malaysian governmental web sites been doing? Apparently they are still trapped in the times of animated GIFs, scrolling marquees and slow loading Java applets. And somehow these people think that they know what’s best for Malaysian internet users, specifically bloggers? Give me a bloody break!
Want to know what this proposed registration exercise reminds me of? Here are two similar events that came to mind:
I’m glad that my MP, Dato’ Shahrir Samad, pointed out that bloggers were very aware of their own ethics and responsibility for content on their sites.
My only wish is that blog-bashers such as Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor will use more intelligence when commenting on topics that he seems clueless about. It scares me to think that such a person is holding a key post in the Energy, Water and Communications Ministry.