I wonder how the newly appointed Information Minister would react to bloggers. Will he call us ‘monyet‘, ‘penyanggak‘, ‘pondan‘ or dismiss us all as ‘lying jobless women’?
Truth is, this guy, Ahmad Shabery Cheek(y) was not informed that he would be Information Minister in the new cabinet. He said he did not have an inkling AT ALL that he would be a full-fledge minister for a department that was directly related to the people.
What? How did PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi choose his ministers then? Did he not prepare them first for this very important job? Imagine if the information minister could not be given prior information of what he is to become, how can he have proper and enough information for the ordinary rakyat when he is Information Minister?
Anyway, this guy is Abdullah’s old kaki in Semangat 46 Youth exco, he was the chief a year after joining politics in 1991. When S46 dissolved he joined UMNO (kaki lompat jugak – a froggy, too) and won the Kemaman (Terengganu) seat in 2004. Aged 50, he was a former lecturer in economics in Universiti Malaya and used to be BN’s Terengganu UMNO information chief.
Now let’s go back a few years (rewind, rewind…)
This guy doesn’t seem to be interested in sharing information.
In 2005, he ticked off MP Teresa Kok for revealing in Parliament the controversial video clip of a naked women forced to perform squats in the nude by the police. The 71-second video footage was taken through a grilled window of a police locker room allegedly by a cop using a mobile phone. (see her blog)
“I cannot imagine the feeling of the Malay woman (in the video) and her family after being shamed like that by Teresa (Kok) when the nude video was shown publicly,” said Shabery, adding that Kok publicised the matter for political mileage instead of trying to resolve it with the police in private.
“People who enjoy voyeurism are people with mental problems and this should be addressed by politicians like Teresa … (she should) not encourage this type of practice,” he added according to a Dec 26 Utusan Malaysia report.
Looks like Ahmad Shabery may be the kind of information minister that would cover up a lot of stuff that is considered ‘shameful’ to the government.
Well, he looks like he will be extremely partisan, too. Hey, what am I talking about? This guy is from UMNO.
During the Batu Buruk flag-burning incident in 2007, he accused PAS of the ‘unpatriotic’ crime and dismiss the possibility that UMNO could be the culprit:
There is no damage to Umno. This thing is between the police and PAS. They are trying to get attention because they are facing diminished support in the state. People can see what kind of party PAS is. We are celebrating 50 years of Merdeka, raising the Jalur Gemilang everywhere and they burn it. It’s a tragedy“. (The STAR)
PAS, said Ahmad Shabery, had also broken the law and challenged the police by holding the ceramah without a permit. “They should just admit they are in the wrong,” he said.
So, you see…he would be very bias as well and I can bet that there would be lots of propaganda against the new Opposition states, especially those controlled by PAS.
Hey, I should really give myself a slap. This guy is from UMNO! What else to expect?