I am NOT a gullible idiot!

Guess what one of our Ministers had to say:

JAKARTA, July 4 (Bernama) — Malaysians abroad, including students, have been advised to be careful and not to be easily influenced by what is being written in blogs about the political development back home.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said many of the blog contents were mere allegations.

He said reading blogs just for the sake of obtaining information not reported by the mainstream media, could poison the mind as the many of the contents were not based on facts.

“They should also balance things out by reading websites of the mainstream media like Bernama and Utusan Malaysia which are reporting issues based on ethical writing,” he said at a meeting with staff of the Malaysian embassy here on Friday.

Full article here.

And you know what the irony of all this is? I didn’t even find out about this from Bernama, although it’s where I linked the article. I only found out that this Minister said something to this effect thanks to Mustafa K Anuar’s blog here.

But wait a minute.

You see, what this Minister has to say here is in direct relation to me. Because I happen to be overseas currently, and I also happen to be a student.

What exactly does he take us for? I’m not going to speak for everyone overseas, because I cannot. But I most definitely am going to speak up for myself.

Because I am not some gullible idiot who will take everything and anything thrown at me at face value. Give me some credit. Give US some credit. Don’t go insulting our intelligence, by implying that we wouldn’t know any better.

For the record, I get most of my “news sources” from The StarOnline. I’m assuming that it would be acceptable to our Minister here, because the Star would be considered one of the mainstream news portals, no?

But also for the record, I don’t go there to “balance things out”. On the contrary, I go there to see if they’re reporting as quickly as the blogs are, or as quickly as Malaysiakini is. Sometimes even the Malaysian Insider is faster at their news reports.

And the reason why I go to the StarOnline and not NST or Bernama or theSun is because the StarOnline uploads the quickest, and the format makes more sense to me.

I don’t even read Utusan Malaysia. Too biased for me. So what ethical writing are we talking about here?

3 Comments on “I am NOT a gullible idiot!”

  1. Harumi Kyoto says:

    Nice to meet you, Michelle. I added you to my blogroll.

  2. Stupid buggers.

    I’ve been studying overseas for the last SEVEN years and am still idealistic (and/or dumb) to be planning to move back to Malaysia eventually, and therefore try to keep myself up to date. I read The Star and theSun’s websites regularly, as well as independent news sites and blogs.

    At this point the only mainstream newspaper I trust to give unbiased reports on political/politicised issues is theSun. I have a relative who’s a journalist with The Star and even this person says it’s like MCA press headquarters.

    Malaysia is a small country and it’s entirely likely that any given blog you enjoy reading is written by a friend, or a friend-of-a-friend, or a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend. We’re skeptical of the BN mouthpieces in print, so we go to the writings of people we know.

  3. Idi Amin Najib, Mugabe Khairy, Marcos Badawi, Imelda Rosmah says:

    Sex and the C4

    Sodomy is a useful word
    recently said and heard,
    in Malaysian homes and offices
    it’s all about famous orifices.
    What is going on, you wonder
    when Bala steals the thunder,
    finger pointing the magic word
    to the delight of a horny herd
    Organs united, names forgotten?
    VIPs are really rotten
    Saiful he knows and did not know
    doubts about Aminah begin to grow
    of whose loose lips he was afraid
    but liked her other end instead;
    of course he knew it wasn’t right
    but it felt so good and tight!
    You could not hump like Greeks
    the Hindenburg’s fat cheeks;
    what her hubby found so succulent
    was making Rosmah trucculent.
    And so she thought, the time was due
    for a nice Mongolian barbecue.
    Enter the analyst, not so anal,
    who found the girl too banal;
    fearing supernatural harm
    from her juicy feminine charm,
    he hired Bala straightaway
    to keep the honeytrap at bay
    but private dicks were of no match
    for Aminah’s superlative snatch
    and now that Najib had had his fill,
    he would not share the till;
    right after the submarine deal,
    Aminah’s fate he would seal.
    Now Rosmah had one idea
    on how to kenakan dia
    “Let’s bomb the bombshell,
    let’s send her to hell.”
    Thus perished the hapless beauty
    after translation and booty duty;
    now Rosmah’s ass was happy
    until one blogger got yappy;
    this Hindenburg nearly caught fire
    yet to sue she has no desire.
    But Najib’s part in this murder
    will travel much further;
    despite his media actions
    and one or two retractions,
    some questions will remain
    a big part of his bane–
    how did Altantuya really die?
    and why did he have to lie?
    Did he pay off Bala savvily,
    or threaten to C4 his family?
    What acts could be more despised?
    With his money, we’re not surprised;
    after all, he’s such a bully beast,
    to him and him alone, at least,
    magic words that cannot apply–
    are useful for making rivals die.

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