I did not say it. Malaysiakini did. They were not invited as well.
Among the bloggers who attended were A Kadir Jasin, Ahiruddin ‘Rockybru’ Atan, Ruhanie Ahmad, Ibrahim Yahya, Nuraina Samad and Syed Akbar Ali – all of whom are considered to be pro-establishment.
There was a conspicuous absence of bloggers who were critical towards the Barisan Nasional government.
Well, I don’t think some bloggers who are not PRO-NAJIB wants to dine with a dinner paid by his government.
During the dinner, Rais (left) stated: “One of my friends told me that there were no less than 5,000 serious bloggers in the country voicing out their opinions on various issues.”
Why kind of minister is he? That he does not have the figures himself? He’s friend has to tell him…
“Some of them have even stopped writing for the mainstream media to concentrate on full-time blogging. Among these bloggers are our own children, undergraduate students and lecturers, who form the most critical members of our society,” he added.
He appealed to his guests to give credit to the government when credit was due, especially when the government implemented good policies.
Rais Yatim’s ‘Get friendly with bloggers’ is an eye wash. It’s NOT our job to give credit to the government when it is due. If we do not feel like it, it is our business. We are not under anyone’s payroll to do so. Why doesn’t Rais get it? Why doesn’t anyone in the government get it? And this goes for the opposition who are in government now – Penang and Selangor, for example.
Bloggers write their views and many are having full time jobs. We can’t write on every single thing. Only stuff that makes us move, in other words, make our blood boil.
After years of paying off journalists (like you know who) and the media, people like Rais think they can ‘govern’ bloggers as well.
Those they cannot control are under surveillance, threatened, imprisoned, or have to go into exile. This statement of Rais is laughable. I don’t see UMNO answering to any critical socio-political blogs. But we see lots of threats, arrests, etc.
Nevertheless, he also acknowledged: “Still, we will strive to use our intellect to answer those questions that are raised in these (critical) socio-political blogs, rather than to resort to these laws all the time.”
He added that these laws would not be utilised as long as bloggers were serious and ethical in their writing.
Sorry lah, Rais. It seems you can only dine with PRO-GOVERNMENT bloggers. The rest of us, erm….are not interested. Do you mean those who do not listen to you are not ‘serious and ethical’ in our writings?!
There are certain rules and tactics for blogging which are a long part of our culture as Malays and Muslims. One of these is the reporting of facts which are fair and true, and not resort to slander and defamation.
perak blogger 120309“It is important that prominent bloggers remain credible, because their critique is accepted by the masses,” he added.
Say that to the media on your payroll, Rais! You know who they are!