Friday, July 04, 2008

Careful With Information Sourced From Blogs, Says Ahmad Zahid

Malaysians abroad, including students, have been advised to be careful and not to be easily influenced by what is being written in blogs about the political development back home.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said many of the blog contents were mere allegations.

He said reading blogs just for the sake of obtaining information not reported by the mainstream media, could poison the mind as the many of the contents were not based on facts.

"They should also balance things out by reading websites of the mainstream media like Bernama and Utusan Malaysia which are reporting issues based on ethical writing," he said at a meeting with staff of the Malaysian embassy here on Friday.

Zahid said the Barisan Nasional (BN) government had accepted the fact that it only managed to secure 140 seats in parliament in the 12th general election and acknowledged the achievement by opposition parties in controlling the other 82 seats.

On the same note, he said, the opposition should also recognise the BN government and acknowledge that even though the coalition only manage a simple majority, it was still a government elected by the people.

"But the opposition has been playing with politics since day one after the election. They want Malaysia to become a country with daily politicking so much so that the government's efforts to develop the country and to care for the people's well-being appear to have been affected," he said.

He also said the opposition was only interested in finding faults with the government.

A certain individual, whose ambition was to become the prime minister at all costs, including seeking support from United States, had been masterminding the attempts to run down the government, he said. (Bernama)

***** Does Zahid truly believe that such a simplistic appeal to the students along with his dismissal of blog posts as 'mere allegations' will do the trick? So the audience out of politeness might have nodded their head and
applauded. But after the minister leaves do you really think that they'd go to Bernama for really up-to-date and accurate information?

Blogs for quite some time now have achieved credibility and started to fill the space which government inspired fiction and half-lies have long ignored; the harsh truth. Now good old Zahid comes along and says careful brudder these fellows will poison your mind! The litmus test is how much that gets published in the blogs is finally proven true and in the same vein how much the mainstream media is forced to omit or prefers to leave out in the name of self-censorship. Ultimately it is you who decides, not Zahid.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Tanne said...

it's not completely untrue, what Zahid said. some blogs are grossly irresponsible with what they report, themselves guilty of selective reporting and strategic omission. This freedom that we now have is unprecedented, but ppl should still exercise their independent judgment. To read the blogs, and then reading the mainstream media reporting and conclude themselves, there's nothing either wrong or bad with that.

10:11 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we follow your blog of and on and gets raving mad that they continue to talk cock all day all night and you to post all night all day and at the end of it, nothing happens to anybody at all.

Is this our country where those up there can say and do anything they F*@^%9 like as long as they like and then at the end of it....are still happily there...and we can do nothing except rant and rave ...?

Is that all we are good at ? OMG

concerned but powerless

10:17 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous,
Zahid is full of shit, bernama cannot be trusted and only reports the BN, they have avoided the bad news about BN and UMNO. Mainstream media is not worth the paper it is written on, as usual very pro Government.
I enjoy reading the blogs which have more truth and have the guts to critize the shit government, the rest are basically just brown nose, including the Straits Times and of course the shit paper STAR!
Anti-Mainstream Media

11:31 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Myjetstream said...

blogs are not god send. we people create them and some blogs are out and out completely stupid.

11:51 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous siti nur said...

On another note, there are a handful of blog owners whose main purpose of existence is to spread rumours, lies and merely to bring down th epresent government. People should also be wary of such "credible" sources.

The trick here is to BALANCE out the views. Take a neutral standpoint in information, THEN decide. That should be the way.

2:00 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous,
Siti Nur,
What age are you living in ? We have a useless and good for nothing government and I hope the bloggers continue to expose the shit heads like Badawi and Najib. Are you one of those umnoputeras who are benefitting from the corrupt government. You do sound like one of them.
Disgusted citizen

9:55 PM GMT+8  

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