I am NOT a gullible idiot!Posted: July 6, 2008
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?