Our tourism minister was quoted by a chinese daily saying that ALL bloggers are liars and that 10,000 of them are unemployed and that 8000 of them are women.
Firstly, it’s not okay to say that ALL bloggers are liars. Clearly someone needs to go for Critical Thinking classes. Or redo the premises topic in his form4 modern maths. Because of a handful of rebels among a community of innocents you can’t just generalize like that! And how sure is he that 10,000 of us are unemployed?? AND WHAT RIGHTS DOES HE HAVE TO SAY THAT 8000 OF THE UNEMPLOYED BLOGGERS ARE WOMEN?
That’s three very bad mistakes that he has brought upon to himself. I still don’t understand why our politicians haven’t already learned from past experiences to remove their feet from their mouths?? Do the words they say ever get processed in their brains??
I don’t have a problem with the whole clamping down on bloggers who try to create disharmony among our countrymen. We need to sugar coat our words and tell a white lie every now and then to make things alright, but of course we must protect ourselves. I myself am not an activist nor am I extremely critical of my going ons, but I do and will always stand up in the face of stupidity.
As bloggers, I think we’ve had enough reminders not to play with fire time and time again. We KNOW what we’re doing.
But those statements were uncalled for.
The tourism minister’s pissed-off-ness was directed at an Indonesian journalist who blogged about her very unorganised trip under the invitiation from the Malaysian tourism board. But that’s a whole other issue that I shall not meddle with.
1. “All bloggers are liars!”
Perhaps one of the stupidest statement I’ve heard ever since the short skirt incident made by that Penang politician. Be specific. “ALL bloggers who want to bring the government down by spreading ill harmony are liars” might be a better choice of words. I feel hurt one you know!
2. “10,000 of the bloggers are unemployed.”
Unless all Malaysian bloggers are registered(a situation that has been predicted by many Malaysian bloggers to occur in the near future), then it is possible to find out if that figure is true. And what’s with the nice round number anyway..
He paints a picture of bloggers as useless bums who sit around the whole day trying to create tension among the people. But so many bloggers are ambassadors of the truth. Traditional media can never beat what bloggers can do for each other.
3.”And 8000 of them are women.”
This one really never die before.
WHY MUST SAY WOMEN? DON’T SAY WOMEN WILL DIE MEH!! As if by saying WOMEN his claims can be strengthen further. Really irrelevant. This is discriminatory. The funniest thing was that the statement was made on International Women’s Day. Couldn’t have chosen a better day to say it. *clap hands*
Though I admit the female bloggers I’ve come to know is not a large chunk of the whole population of Malaysian bloggers but I believe the figure is big enough to use as a random sample of female Malaysian bloggers. And I can barely think of one who is unemployed. And NO. Homemakers and students are NOT considered to be unemployed. They have noble duties too! I wish he would get his facts right before jumping to such conclusions. The blogosphere consist of many smart women who come from all walks of life and would not need to stoop so low as to ‘tell lies’ just because they are ‘unemployed'(should they ever be).
So who’s the liar now?