I got this from Malaysia-today, written by Matthias Chang. I thought it will be interesting to share with you. I guess it helped me think of where I am heading, and what kind of blogger I want to be. The excerpt below read as follows:

Whenever you read any article and you want to determine its objectivity, accuracy and whether it is a spin and or a propaganda piece, ask the following five questions:

  • Qui Bono? Who benefits?
  • Are they doing the work of the enemy?
  • Why are they confusing and or diverting the issue at hand?
  • Have they succeeded in refuting the underlying thesis or arguments and sources?
  • Have they made any mistakes or inadvertent admissions?

I suggest that you read again the various comments posted by the bloggers and apply the above five questions to their comments. Through repeated practice, you will in time, able to smell a rat and identify a traitor in your midst a mile away.

Recently, a blogger asked for guidelines to be an effective, constructive and sincere blogger. If you support a responsible blogging community and to prevent the regime and Big Brother from having a pretext to clamp you down, may I suggest that the following Checklist be used to help you in writing your constructive comments. It will also help you to expose the charlatans.


Spin Doctors, Muckrakers and Fifth Columnists
(Don’t do what they are doing)

• Using foul language and profanities
• Demonise the writer or opponents
• Write in bad faith
• Non-disclosure of sources and research materials
• Hitting below the belt
• Citing outdated and or unreliable data
• Unsubstantiated and fanciful comments
• Stuffing down your throat
• Uncorroborated or not capable of verification
• Seek to confuse
• Not willing to enter into open public debate
• Hide his true identity and refuses to disclose name
• Not willing to admit to errors
• Not governed by moral principles
• Adopt racist, chauvinist and extreme views
• Offer no solutions, indulge in rhetoric and give vent to anger and frustrations
• Try to pass off as experts and give misleading opinions
• Regurgitate tired and discredited views in new forms
• Strive to divide to cover up misdeeds and lies

Sincere, Honest and Genuine Truth Seekers
(Do what they are doing)

• Use language that would not embarrass a child
• Be fair and constructive
• Write in good faith
• Full disclosure of sources and research materials
• Critical and constructive
• Cite accurate data
• Fact-based and well reasoned comments
• Encourage an honest exchange of views
• Verifiable and corroborated
• Seek to clarify
• Accept public scrutiny and accountability
• Have nothing to hide and willing to stand by what he/she writes or says
• Readily admits errors when pointed out
• Willing to pay the price for upholding principles
• Express views with passion and compassion without being offensive
• Offer credible answers and attempts at problem solving
• Rely on expert evidence and views, offer well reasoned arguments
• Seek to bring the latest verifiable information to assist readers
• Strive to unite to seek truth


25 responses »

  1. WATTAHACK? says:

    Using foul language and profanities

    Oh bummer… I better not watch too many South Park episodes and have to lay off the Simpsons Movie then….

  2. wits0 says:

    Isn’t Matthias Chang an MCA man?

  3. sloone says:

    wits0, i think he is, and was Mahathir’s advisor on Chinese affairs, right?

  4. wits0 says:

    The last time I heard it too. Therefore what he says need to be closely analysed and ascertained as not part spin. Moralising is rather easy.

  5. wits0 says:

    In a large organisation or a smaller outfit, if your boss is the most odious hypocrite, he/she still will preach/demand naked honesty from the staffs. Will he/she get that? That is the question.

  6. sloone says:

    that’s what I thought too, in light of the ‘cyber-troopers employed by umno to patrol the net. some of them have been attacking his boss, I am sure.

  7. wits0 says:

    If I were Matthias Chang, I wouldn’t have the audacity to accept that liason post from Mahathir since I’m not Chinese educated and since the Chinese mostly expected that.

  8. monsterball says:

    hahahahaha…..Matthias Chang teaching bloggers?
    This reminds me of my school days…where the headmaster will lay down all the good rules and he was the one to break them all.
    ACS Melaka produced the most gangsters and con men at my time…hahahahahaha
    Matthais Chang talking holy holy rules?….hahahahaha

  9. hantutelur says:

    Based on numerous comments he made in Susan’s blog, and a handful of postings made by other bloggers who declare war on him, i humbly belief that one person fits rightly in the first category. i am sure he will soon “hantam” me as he reads this, because he knows i’m talking about him. i seek everyone’s opinion and correct me if i am wrong please. and the person is… oooo… i’m too nice a person to even mention his name.

    AND to join him in the same group is the person who posted the comment at 2:34 above. but, please forgive me if i am wrong, again.

  10. wits0 says:

    ” Adopt racist, chauvinist and extreme views”

    Teach this to the ‘leaders’ first lah, Matthias. Almost everything presented by you are one-way street propositions.

  11. monsterball says:

    hantutelur have no balls!!
    That is why his hantu in the telor cannot work black magic which he paid huge sum for it.
    Only pondans hints…men talk straight to the point!
    And if he thinks Matthias is hinting at me….he needs a new brain and hantu in another telor.

  12. monsterball says:

    For hutchrun information….I don’t think Susan is interested to visit MT blog. RPK said he is speculating…so what is so interesting in rumor mongering stuffs?

  13. wits0 says:

    Hutch I read that article earlier already. My impression is that the big man and family can always fall back to the OSA to maintain this sort of Privacy although he is the No.1 public figure.

    Precisely why Matthias should be preaching to the top level before trying to spin those verbiage aka one-way street preachings to us lesser mortals.

  14. hantutelur says:

    told you so 🙂

  15. Rajah says:

    “hantutelur have no balls!!”

    And that comes from someone who has only one ball to his name.

  16. monsterball says:

    Yea pariah rajah…..that is ..if you have one too. I doubt….judging from your snakey ways.

  17. hutchrun says:

    My impression ..fall back to the OSA..
    The way things are going, Hishamuddin`s recent statement et al and ABIM stepping in, all seem to be an `operation lallang` deja vu situation. Then it was the ISA.
    Thing is who will they pick up this time round. Certainly, it`ll be those they don`t like (not MCA). Whoever they pick up, it`ll be a solidification of m`sia is an islamic state issue.

  18. hutchrun says:

    Well well well, I`m proven right again. Just saw this:

    At 11.00am today, Umno’s Information Chief will be making a police report against Malaysia Today. The allegation is that Malaysia Today allows comments and articles that degrade Islam. (Updates will follow).

  19. pangsai says:

    “If I were Matthias Chang, I wouldn’t have the audacity to accept that liason post from Mahathir since I’m not Chinese educated and since the Chinese mostly expected that”

    Agreed 100% with wits0. How is he going to understand the Chinese problems if he doesn’t understand the Chinese language. Don’t know for how long he was the adviser but he has done nothing for the Chinese Commmunity. At the time of his appointment the Chinese Press did not even know how to write his name in Chinese. All I know is that he went to Antarctica on taxpayers’ expenses.

  20. hutchrun says:

    Umno lodges report against Malaysia Today
    Jul 23, 07 2:46pm

    Umno has filed a police report against political website Malaysia Today for allegedly publishing disparaging remarks against the King and Islam.

    ‘CM, IGP want to close it down’
    Raja Petra saw it coming


  21. omigosh says:

    Those racists dickheads really did it. They are after RPK’s head. The war on bloggers is really on. Everybody will be ROBOTS, programmed to follow instructions.

  22. monsterball says:

    All is well now omigosh…as MT blog is back to normal…but Amin Iskandar alias Black is keeping me up to date on the protest matter. So far so good.

  23. You have found some great advice for bloggers. I am definetly going to save that information.

  24. […] “Checklist for Bloggers” at Susan Loone’s Blog […]

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