At least, not according to Malaysian Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
Bashing Govt In Blogs Not Malaysian Culture – Rais
KUALA LUMPUR Feb 19 (Bernama) — Bloggers should evaluate themselves before indulging in an unhealthy culture of bashing others, including government leaders, through their blogsites, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said.
He said although government bashing in the blogsites was among the challenges faced by the Barisan Nasional (BN) in facing the general election, it was not the nature of BN leaders to resort to using blogsites to attack others in their campaigns to win the elections.
[Scott: This is true. BN guys don’t even know how to use the Internet, so they resort to their old weapon of choice, the Government Enslaved Media of newspapers, tv and public speeched to attack others and manipulate the electorate.]
“They (bloggers) condemn the prime minister, ministers and other members of the administration but not themselves. As the Malay adage goes, it’s pointing the forefinger to the front and thumb to your chest.
“I am saying that you should look at your own heart to see if it is clean. If it is not, then don’t bash others in your blogs,” he said after launching a book and compact disc, “Aku Dia dan Lagu-Lagu Nostalgia”, by Yusnor Ef at Aswara (National Arts, Culture and Heritage Academy) here today.
“Nowadays, not only the bloggers are having a mental block (disturbed) but the PAS’ spiritual leader’s mind too is blocked (unstable) when he equated Umno members to orang utan.
“The bloggers are getting bolder, but I see it this way — the general election is the season for condemning or “killing” others with words but this is not BN culture. I suggest that they attend courses on good manners as good manners is Malaysian culture.”
This is more proof that the stodgy old Barisan Nasional politicians fear the new people’s power that is Alternative Mediam, after calling bloggers lying females, unemployed good-for-nothings, karaoke singers, goblok, and monkeys.
No prizes for predicting that blogs bashing the Opposition will be ignored or even highly praised as ‘mature, factual and expressing freedom of speech and opinion’.
Hey old farts! A straightforward tip for you: If you run the country fairly, competently and honestly, blogs won’t bash you! For the record, blogs bash anyone who acts like a jerk – be they BN stooges, Opposition embarassments or other blogs that break the codes of Net conduct.
But in the meantime, here’s the proof that I am not a practitioner of (Rais-defined) Malaysian culture:
DAP Assemblyman Utters Incredibly Rude Remark That Shocks the Entire Nation to the Core (No, it’s not actually an anti-Opposition post)