I started blogging last year and I love writing on many issues. My favourite, really, is about my younger days when I lived in a kampong
, Kampong Pandan
. I love reminiscing
on the past especially the kind of stuff you don't see or hear nowadays. Things like playing' police and thief', marbles, tops, koundi kounda
, rubber bands, kotta
(cigarette packets) and kites. Kids these days don't
even know what a top is. So sad.
But what I am really sad about is the current situation in this country where a couple of bloggers
have been taken to court over what they have written in their blogs. These two guys have been forthcoming with news that the mainstream media are reluctant to print. By their reluctance they have unwittingly given rise to blogs that give alternative news. You see, in this country the main papers are controlled by the ruling political party so they have to be careful about the stories they carry. But that is not the case with bloggers
. They do not have to worry about editors and the ones who are paying their salaries. Bloggers
are free to write, albeit with responsibility
. What bloggers
write are actually opinions and thoughts -they could be wrong or right. People are free to leave comments if they so wish.
These two bloggers
are being sued for defamation. Now I am no legal
counsellor but I believe that the onus is on the plaintiff to prove that there is malice in the reports and it was done intentionally to make the aggrieved
person loose face (reputation) in society. The case is before
the courts in Malaysia and this will become a landmark case.
The problem is that many people have now begun to read the blogs of malaysian bloggers
. Blogs are in fact really coming up with scoops and it is with relish that the ordinary
folk lap it up. We have a large percentage of urbanites
who have computers and who surf the net. The interesting thing is that, like always in this country, whatever is reported in the alternative media somehow turns out to be true.
A point in case is the recent blogs by Raja
, Jeff Ooi
and Rocky's Bru
guys have reported about a number
of things and all turned out to be true to the embarrassment
of the PM and his government. The recent purchase of an Airbus
plane which is being
refurbished in Switzerland at great expense came to light through the website of certain bloggers
. Photos of the plane and the costs were published. A few days after the blogs were out about this issue, the PM returns from the Davos
summit and makes a statement that the government
is only leasing the plane from another company (PMB
purchased the plane
. The funny thing is that company is the investment arm of the government. So it other words the plane was actually bought by
! And who, therefore, is leasing from who? It does not take an Einstein to work this out.
I for one will continue to read blogs and write my own. My support goes out to the bloggers
who are being persecuted. I hope that justice will prevail although I feel that the clout of the government will ultimately influence the outcome.
I feel sad about the state of affairs in this country. We were promised by the incumbent PM of this country that he will be transparent and accountable to the people. We gave him a huge mandate and elected him in.
Will we do it again in 2009 ?