Blogging a growing craze among politicians

6 06 2008

By Anthony Joseph

It is no wonder blogs had significant impact in the last elections: Lee

MIRI: Blogging has becoming a craze among politicians in this country since the last general elections, for it has been found that it could make or break their election results.

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ENGROSSED: A section of the workshop participants. Lee is at right and Chia second right.

“There is increasing interest among politicians to take a serious look into this new phenomenon,” says Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Lee Kim Shin who was one of participants of a workshop on ‘New Media’ that was held at the Curtin University of Technology campus here yesterday.

Australian Journalism Review reports a staggering 60 million blogs as of May this year, with Malaysia alone contributing to nearly a million, of which nearly 60 per cent are political blogs.

“It means that over half a million views are circulating among millions of readers in the country and the world. It is no wonder that blogs had significant impact on the last elections,” he added.

Lee said with this rise in number comes the rise in audience size and political influence, and with this rise, comes the issue of responsibility and accountability of bloggers towards the law, the country and the people.

Pointing out that the phenomenon was both exciting and worrisome, Lee who is also Senadin assemblyman, said blogging was akin to a speedway where people tended to be reactionary and expressive.

Therefore, the responsibilities that come with the thrill to freely express can’t be ignored, said Lee.

Bloggers must therefore be responsible in saying the truth and projecting rational opinion for the good of the nation.

They must also be responsible to mobilise the public to think critically and act intelligently, and to shun personal attack.

They were also reminded not to incite the public for petty self-satisfaction and to respect democratic and interactive nature of blog.

“Empirical studies have shown that when people express themselves freely, and publicise their opinions, they do not always unite,” says Lee, adding that the strength of blog was its uncensored and unrestricted nature, which was also its greatest weakness.

Lee together with Pujut assemblyman Andy Chia and political secretary to Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Sebastian Ting were among participants of the

workshop, which was conducted by Sean Ang – programme manager for SEACEM and the Earth247.tv, and Rachel Chan – programme administrator and web editor of SEACEM.

Both trainers have conducted workshops for Malaysiakini.tv, Mindanews, Earth247.tv, Amnesty International, Bernama News International, Centre for Policy Initiative, Sisters in Islam, Tenaganita and Mizzima TV.


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17 06 2008
Charlie

“Pointing out that the phenomenon was both exciting and worrisome” couldn’t agree more with this statement. Both the mega-popular bloggers and the politicians have to realise the repercussions of everything they say on the blogs, and take full responsibility, especially the wild political allegations.

20 06 2008
romzi

Mirian? nice to know…

3 07 2008
hassan

Hubungan dan Konspirasi Anwar-Najib -Malaysiakini
Sila layari http://www.keadilantruth.blogspot.com/
Nampaknya sejak laporan kes liwat Anwar Ibrahim dibuat 28 Jun lalu, bukan sahaja Anwar yang bersusah payah mempertahankan dirinya malah juga kini Najib dan Rosmah pula yang semakin tidak nyenyak tidur.
Pertembungan diantara Anwar-Najib untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri semakin hebat. Daripada maklumat yang diperolehi, pembantu kepada Anwar Ibrahim, Saiful Bukhari telah ditangkap oleh polis dan dipaksa untuk membuat laporan polis terhadap Anwar di atas tuduhan liwat.
Krisis telah bermula. Najib yang semakin tersepit di atas pengakuan bersumpah yang dibuat oleh Raja Petra Kamarudin terpaksa menggunakan taktik kotor sebegini untuk menjatuhkan maruah Anwar Ibrahim.
Melihat kepada senario ini, ada pemerhati politik berpandangan bahawa isu liwat ini sebenarnya mempunyai serampang dua mata iaitu untuk menjatuhkan Anwar-Pembangkang dan Najib. Jika ramalan dan telahan ini betul bermakna ada pihak ketiga yang bermusuhan dengan kedua-dua mereka iaitu Anwar dan Najib yang mencari kesempatan untuk memburuk-burukkan pemimpin ini.
Logiknya ada apabila Anwar semakin hampir untuk merampas Putrajaya dan Najib dikatakan mungkin akan bertanding jawatan Presiden Umno. Maka dari teori ini anda mungkin boleh berfikir siapa di belakang isu ini ……….(untuk menambahkan koleksi orang-orang yang mungkin terlibat di belakang Saiful – sebelum ini orang tuduh Najib sekarang tambah seorang atau dua lagi )…SIAPAKAH ORANG ITU?
Penasihat PKR pernah mendakwa bahawa Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan beberapa kali bertemu Rosmah Mansor, selain rapat dengan Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan pegawai khasnya Khairil Anas Yusof.
“Saiful Bukhari mempunyai hubungan yang rapat dengan Khairil Anas dan Najib. Beliau bertemu berulang kali dengan Khairil Anas dan Rosmah,” katanya. “Beliau bukan pegawai peribadi saya. Beliau mempunyai hubungan yang kuat dengan Najib.”
Mantan Timbalan Perdana Menteri itu berkata beliau akan mendedahkan bukti dakwaannya dalam masa terdekat.
Kesimpulan pada kenyataan Anwar telah membayangkan betapa beliau cemburu dengan pasangan gaynya Saiful Bukhari dan berkemungkinan berlakunya pertengkaran dan ugutan diantara mereka berdua hingga memaksa Saiful membongkar hubungan seks liwat mereka.
Perkara yang sama juga pernah terjadi di pejabat TPM di mana berlakunya pertengkaran diantara Khairil Anas dan Wan Shihab oleh kerana terlalu cemburu kepada Najib yang sering memihak kepada Kharil Anas.… Dahulunya mereka berdua ini dikatakan begitu intim dan rapat sebelum mereka berpecah kepada dua jabatan yang lain.
Di mana Khairil Anas kini menjaga Najib dan Wan Shihab pula menjaga Datin Rosmah.
Khairil Anas, Wan Shihab dan Saiful Bukhari adalah tergolong diantara anak-anak ikan Najib. Mereka mempunyai hubungan seperti pasangan kekasih. Bezanya mereka ini lelaki dan sukar untuk kita ramalkan.
Bukan Anwar sahaja yang begitu rakus dengan kaum lelaki, tetapi tidak kurang dengan Najib. Bezanya, Najib begitu pandai menyembunyikannya dan begitu berhati-hati menyembunyikan status sebenarnya.
Amat memalukan apabila Najib sanggup mengambil anak-anak ikannya bekerja di pejabat TPM. Khairil Anas yang berkhidmat di Uia sekarang bertugas sebagai penulis ucapan Najib pada bahagian dasar dan penyelidikan.
Anwar-Najib rupanya sama miskipun orang yang berlainan. Moral kedua mereka amat hancur. Selayaknya digelar pemimpin al-juburi. Mereka hanya tahu menggunakan keadaan untuk meneruskan hayat mereka samada dari segi kehidupan ataupun berpolitik. Sungguh hina dan tidak bermaruah.
Perkumpulan kesemua anak ikan yang ditempatkan sepejabat sebenarnya memudahkan Najib menyelia segala tindakan mereka. Jika mereka cuba untuk curang, maka senanglah Najib mengambil tindakan tatatertib sepertimana ‘tindakan wajib’ yang dilakukan oleh Anwar terhadap Saiful hinggakan Saiful sudah tidak tahan lagi diperlakukan.
Disebabkan itu jugalah Khairil Anas dan Wan Shahab tidak boleh ke mana-mana selain melekat bersama Najib. Dan Rosmah pula terpaksa mendiamkan diri kerana dia juga telah lama memasang angan-angan untuk menjadi “First Lady”.
Apa sudah jadi dengan Malaysia ini. Kenapa? Sudah tiada lagikah anak-anak muda yang ikhlas bekerja untuk membantu Najib mentadbir negara? Kenapa Najib sanggup mengambil mereka yang kurang akhlak bekerja dipejabat TPM semata-mata untuk memuaskan nafsunya.
Ramai lagi anak-anak muda yang mempunyai potensi besar yang boleh membantu Najib mentadbir negara ini. Sikap Najib memang begitu jijik sekali. Beliau tidak layak digelar pemimpin nombor dua negara apatah lagi hendak menerajui negara ini pada masa akan datang.
Majoriti ulama iaitu Malik, Abu Yusuf dan Muhammad (dua orang murid Abu Hanifah), Syaf`ie dan Ahmad mengatakan hukuman liwat ialah bunuh dan ia termasuk jenayah hudud (Dr. Ahmad Fathi Bahnasi, Madkhal al-Fiqh al-Jina’I al-Islami, m.s: 60).
Pertama, liwat sama hukumnya dengan berzina. Tetapi, dosa liwat lebih besar daripada dosa berzina. Malah Rasulullah s.a.w melaknat golongan yang meliwat isteri melalui dubur.Menurut Abu Hurairah r.a, Nabi s.a.w telah bersabda:”Sesiapa yang mendatangi wanita atau isteri melalui dubur (liwat) atau menemui tukang tilik lalu membenarkan apa yang dikatakannya, sesungguhnya dia telah kafir (tidak mengimani) risalah yang telah diturunkan kepada Muhammad s.a.w.” – Hadis riwayat al-Darimi.Kedua, sesiapa yang melakukan maksiat berterusan digelar sebagai ahli fasiq sama ada dosa besar atau dosa kecil. Hakikatnya, tidak sah ahli fasiq mewalikan anak perempuannya. Namun, jika dia telah bertaubat pasti ALLAH menerima taubatnya kecuali syirik. Jika syirik, dia wajib melafazkan kembali
Kalimah syahadah kerana telah murtad.Firman ALLAH S.W.T:”Sesungguhnya ALLAH tidak mengampunkan sesiapa yang mensyirikkan_NYA tetapi mengampuni dosa selain daripada itu.” – Surah al-Nisa”: 116.Ketiga, hukuman bagi perbuatan liwat sama ada peliwat atau mangsa liwat secara rela ada sedikit perbezaan dengan hukuman zina. Penzina

8 09 2008
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The Different Impacts of Budget 2009 and blogger’s non participation- Malaysiakini

Despite Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak insisting otherwise, an objective review of the budget will find that it is indeed a rather populist one. Upwards revisions of poverty classifications, reductions in import duties and income tax rate all indicate that the government knows it has a populist fight on its hands. Incidentally, it is probably not one that they are willingly engaged in – the Barisan Nasional has always been perceived to be rather business-friendly, even if the success of those businesses occasionally relied partially on patronage.

But politics and governance have never been separable. The Pakatan Rakyat has undeniably seized the political momentum and with it, defined the language of the debate on governance. Lofty promises of fuel price reductions and already-implemented large scale handouts in a Pakatan state for example, meant that Barisan too, had to change its tune unless it was prepared to gamble away its future in power.

Race to the bottom

While it would be disingenuous to suggest that Barisan’s record of economic management – under this administration or its predecessors – has been perfect, one worries for Malaysia’s economic future if the two political blocs get locked in a protracted battle to “out-populise” one another. Capitalism has been termed as a race to the bottom, yet in Malaysia’s case, it could be such simplistic socialist-like policies that run the country’s future to the ground. Forget far-fetched theories about synagogues outnumbering mosques, –this Barisan supporter never bought such BS anyway – what happens when FDI plummets at the prospect of a minimum wage that would make Malaysia far less attractive to foreign investors? Oh wait, since we’ve ushered in an era of kindergarten-economics, allow me to pre-empt what Anwar and co. might come up with – “ini negara rakyat Malaysia punya, kenapa kasi duit pada orang putih”. Scoff.

Pakatan struggles to respond to its own tune

It is these worrying circumstances that make the responses of Pakatan leaders to Budget 2009 frustrating, to say the least. Having set the tune and the rhetoric, they seem unable or unwilling to acknowledge that Barisan have now quite possibly matched them at their own game, on their (Pakatan’s) own turf.

Nobody expected Pakatan to give Barisan a free pass when it came to the Budget, but political mileage could have just as easily been gained by accusing Barisan of adopting Pakatan’s policies. Instead, one is left dumbfounded at Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s sudden realisation that Malaysia’s economy, actually depends on the global climate too! He was quoted as saying, “(T)he argument that Malaysia can isolate itself from the global economy is a non argument”. It is worth reminding ourselves that this is a man who fully supports increasing fuel subsidies at a time when global oil price remains high. I do not say this often, but damn, I am at a loss.

It is even more telling that the man of the moment has failed to find his tongue; Anwar thus far has said little more than to accuse the Budget as failing to address fundamental flaws such as corruption. The problem with this comment is that endemic as corruption and rent-seeking may be, the Budget is well, a budget, and not a detailed plan to root out institutional flaws in the economic system. One would expect a former Fellow at top institutions in the UK and US to know this. (Cue new conspiracy theories about Jewish takeovers).

Where are the Bloggers?

Bloggers – long the thorn in the government’s flesh – are not covering themselves with glory either. Theirs appears to be a slightly different problem. Rocky Bru, A Kadir Jasin, Susan Loone et.al have by and large failed to forward concrete positions on the Budget, much less post detailed analyses about it. One may be tempted to accuse them of not being equipped with the skills to truly understand the relevance of certain measures contained in the Budget. Yet it seems more likely that they were too; to be charitable with words, occupied to go drown themselves in the details and face the prospect of having to forfeit a post because only stories on corruption, sex, race and religion ’sell’. Bread and butter issues affecting the livelihood of all Malaysians are suddenly too ‘technical’, ‘elite’ and ‘jargon-istic’.

The economic impact of Budget 2009 will take months, and in some cases years, to fully materialise. Much will depend on whether these trends of populist policies worsen to the detriment of future generations. However, in the past days, responses to the Budget have already painted a picture of an Opposition that may have found itself outplayed by an Incumbent ready to get some dirt on its hands, and a ‘mainstream’ Blogosphere so shallow that hippie/cuckoo liberals might as well start visiting Kulit Pisang for some real meat, even if the Chief Editor and his trusted friend wreak of conservatism.

16 09 2011
Payday Loan

Both the mega-popular bloggers and the politicians have to realize the repercussions of everything they say on the blogs, and take full responsibility, especially the wild political allegations.

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