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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Trade Minister of Malaysia: Bloggers cause Civil war

I just have to share this. Tenku Adnan, the tourism minister for Malaysia was recently quoted as stating the following:

"Bloggers are liars. They use all sort of ways to cheat others. From what I know, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women.

“Bloggers like to spread rumours, they don’t like national unity. Today our country has achievements because we are tolerant and compromising. Otherwise we will have civil war.

“Malays will kill Chinese, Chinese will kill Malays, Indians will kill everybody else.”

He asked people not to believe bloggers and gamble away Malaysia’s future because 50 years of Merdeka (Independence) takes a lot to achieve it."

He was responding to Indonesian journalist, Nila Tanzil who had posted some unfavorable things about the Malaysian government.

I am especially moved by an anonymous commenter on Nila's blog:

Dear Nila, it's a brave new world, we walk with you !

Blogging is a force
Blogging has become a force in the world and many do not like it. It gives an accountability and a voice to those that some in power believe "do not deserve a voice," in this case a woman journalist from another country in a society that does not value the feminine gender.

Perhaps I see the echoes of those who tell teachers not to blog?

Effective, professional, blogging has an impact.

If you want to change the world, perhaps your best choice is to blog.

If you want students to change the world, perhaps we should teach them to blog.

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