Bloggers = Liars? Puh-leeze!!

In Daily Annoyance on March 17, 2007 at 1:09 am

Enough with crying posts (it’s here in Indonesian). My heart is still hurting, but now even more hurting because I’m back to Nila Tanzil’s case, a blogger who had been accused of lying in her blog about the Malaysian Tourism Board incident a few months back by the Malaysian Minister of Tourism. Am not gonna post the whole news here, as you may have read it here.

What made me ‘burn’ was the minister’s statement (taken from Malaysia-Today.Net) and I quote:

“All bloggers are liars. They cheat people using all kinds of methods. From my understanding, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women.”

Adding pain to the injury, he also stated this:

“Bloggers like to spread rumours; they do not 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.”

The statements triggered harsh reactions from many parts of the world –women bloggers, especially-. I, too have my own thoughts about this.

I pity those who see blogging as a useless activity and wastes too much time to tell shit. Those are the ones who we should pity for their own ignorance of the positive sides of blogging. I also pity those who does not even know what a ‘blog’ really is, but act as smart asses and preaches to the world that blogs are bad, destroying morals and written by liars who happen to be dominated by women. And I really pity the minister who panicked upon seeing the truth written by Nila in the blog, and as his panic increased he could not think straight and came up with an utterly stupid and senseless statement.

Come on now dude, how can an unemployed person even have the time to blog?

He/she has a lot of more important stuff to think about than just hanging around in a net cafe and spend their money on blogging. What important stuff? Um… well… how they can survive and EAT, maybe?

For my Malaysian blogger friends, a silly statement from one person does not make me think less of you and generalize everything. I still have my respects towards Malaysians, and I share your disagreement and rage about that statement.

And to Mr. Enda Nasution, the ‘father’ of Indonesian bloggers, thank you for standing up for Indonesian bloggers everywhere, especially for Nila Tanzil who bravely unveiled the truth in the blog.

Admitting wrongdoings is hard. Therefore if one doesn’t want to be blamed, avoid doing wrong. And if the mistake had already happened, avoid pointing fingers at people and calling them liars.

Can’t believe how an old man can behave like a silly child. And that means you, Mr. Holier Than Thou Minister, Sir.


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