We bloggers sometime don’t have to stand in elections. No need to go through strenous process of elections, to be mentioned in the Dewan Rakyat. That’s what Former The Malay Mail Exceutive Editor Datuk Ahirudin “Rocky” Attan told me (via BBM) last night.
I was imagining at my end that he irked his million Ringgit smile when he send me that.
Yesterday evening, YB Wangsa Maju MP Tuan Wee Choo Keong (who is also a blogger) mentioned Datuk Rocky’s and my name in his debate speech of the 2011 Budget, “Don’t give bananas to the monkeys”. He did not use “Ahirudin Attan” or “Zakhir Mohamed” but just our pseudonyms. It was in the context of the over-handedness and extra crisp and swift actions by the Minister’s Communication and Multimedia Commission officers on the Police report made by Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim, Ph.D against Rocky’s “Santa Rais’s RM 1 billion handout” on the 12 October 2010.
This is and was never our intention to be noticed, nor attract attention to ourselves. Even comments from Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Mohd. Yasin were recorded on this and none of them is for Rais or his over-reactive action. With the exception of his own ministry ‘machais’, none took his side. None of the pro-Government/UMNO bloggers. Nor any of the anti-Government/UMNO bloggers came to Rais’s corner, even though its against a pro-UMNO ‘rabid’ blogger.
None of the mainstream media took Rais’s position as well. In fact, pro-UMNO daily Utusan Malaysia is clearly not in support of that one single UMNO Supreme Council member on this.
Something progressive developed from this Rais’s antics. Bloggers for Malaysia came out of this. Bloggers are coming together again, to fight this ‘oppression’ against new media.
All these is without the fact that so many parties tried to bring Rocky and myself to meet up with the Minister. It include officers serving in various agencies reporting to the Minister, not without excluding the MCMC officers themselves. We vehemently refused. As we told some of these officers, “Rais is the complainant, Rocky is the suspect, MCMC is the investigating office and BigDog is the witness to the investigations. Is it proper that the IO wanted to bring the suspect and witness to meet the complainant in a middle of an investigations? More over, with the expressed instructions of the complainant”.
As the Cabinet Minister in charge of all of these, Rais should take full responsibility. He should honourably resign now. Do the right thing. Don’t wait till PM Dato’ Seri Najib “Not name him” in his next Cabinet reshuffle. It is very clear that he failed to engage the new and social media. In the plenary address to the 61st UMNO General Assembly on 23 October President PM Dato’ Seri Najib asked UMNO to embrace and engage new and social media.
Rais failed even before he started!