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Everyone wants to kiss some bloggers’ ass now. Every minister, tom-dick-harry and sally, wants to buddy with a blogger now.
The latest one is Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi himself, who says today that he had made his “biggest mistake” to ignore cyber-campaigning on the Internet which was seized by the opposition in the recent general elections (AFP). Nasi sudah jadi bubur. Isn’t it too late?
Earlier, Youth and Sport Ministry wants to start blogs to ‘channel information’. New minister Ismail Sabri Yaacob said that if the government ignored blogs, we would one day take over the mainstream media. Hahaha! We already have.
Before that, in fact, right after the new cabinet was formed, information minister (read: umno propaganda minister) Ahmad Shabery Cheek, went all friendly and fuzzy and said he wants to meet with bloggers soon to get their feedback. “We are not going to control them,” he said. Then why want to meet us for?
Of course, some blogger(s) is (are) already jerking off, hearing all this. One has even recommended the minister go and meet his buddy – thinking that he is the taiko of all bloggers. Puhleez lah.
Little do they know, no one can and should represent all bloggers. Bloggers like me, and many others, don’t want to meet up with any minister, especially one who comes from UMNO/BN. In fact, I don’t even want to meet with those Opposition-government officials.
I blog with my own name, and what I want to say, I’ve said it all in this blog.
Truth is, I dont think I want recognition from a corrupt government system. That will be quite an insult actually. Having tea with these ministers means nothing. That’s so mainstream. And a bloody waste of time.
What we really want is a guarantee there’ll be freedom of speech in the blogsphere. Abolish restrictive laws like the ISA (internal security act) and its brother, the OSA (official secrets act), abolish the Printing Presses and Publication Act (PPPA). Abolish the “Aku Janji”, which puts a noose around the necks of students and academics. Allow us lah to rally without a police permit. Can or not?
That is all we ask for and need. That is what bloggers should be fighting for, instead of setting up a club house in a big bangalow, and waiting to have tea with ministers and politicians.
If ministers want feedback, look into blogs. Set up their own blogs and maybe they’ll get feedback. Other than that, let us mind our own business and let us blog away.