Mahathir the blogger millionaire

Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has now achieved slightly more than a million hits in the first month of his blogging venture. A stunning achievement. (See here.)

 

But what is also noteworthy — and a reminder to us all — is that he now finds blogging a necessity in his effort to reach out to his constituency given that his access to the mainstream media, which he used to domesticate through various means when he was in power, has not been as easy as it used to be.

 

Unlike his anointed successor Abdullah, he has come to the conclusion that the mainstream media might become ‘irrelevant’ if they don’t reform themselves adequately. In short, Mahathir now grumbles about the state of the country’s media.

 

Mahathir should know better about the mainstream media and the present state of media freedom in the country because he was primarily responsible for the emasculation of the mainstream press (and other media) to the extent that concerned and curious Malaysians have to turn to alternative sources of information and news particularly in the Internet. This is largely the reason for the proliferation of websites and blogs in the country over the years especially since the Reformasi days that came about after Mahathir expelled Anwar Ibrahim from the government and Umno in 1998. 

 

When press freedom is not institutionalised, whatever ‘openness’ that appears from time to time in the press often hinges on the discretion of the Home Minister and the government of the day. Put another way, such fluctuating ‘freedom’ discourages investigative journalism. If anything, it gives rise to self-censorship and even irresponsible and unethical journalism.

 

This is the media legacy that Mahathir handed over to the present Abdullah administration. As they say, you reap what you sow.

 

 

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8 Responses to “Mahathir the blogger millionaire”


  1. 1 konsyenz 2 June 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Some hypocrite! 🙂
    It’s sad how so many people still worship him these days.

  2. 2 shweta 5 July 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Mahathir is the hypocrite of the century. He is sick and so are all the others in umno. The sooner we get rid of them the better the country will become. Mahathir has created all these chaos and he will in his life pay for the mess.

  3. 3 Isa X 3 August 2008 at 8:28 am

    I have no sympathy for this criminal person. Someone should pepper Spray his arse again….In fact I wish he got sprayed whenever he shows up in public. That’ll be a virtual ISA . You were tolerated up until 1998 when you crossed that line. You will never be forgiven. Blogging wouldn’t ease your retribution either, Wicked bastard man.

  4. 4 David Lim 9 August 2008 at 2:16 am

    SORRY, I HAVE NO TIME FOR OLD AND USELESS PEOPLE !

    DL

  5. 5 Equaliser 21 August 2008 at 1:18 pm

    How come Mahathir is not sent to trial in ICJ for the (apparently) ‘mini-genocide’ of Indians in Kg. Medan back in 2001 like the former Serbian leader?

  6. 6 The Prince 21 August 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Dr. Mahathir eh…does the Dr. stand for doctor or dictator?

  7. 7 Parameswara 5 February 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Mahathir is a senile blogger. He is merely talking from his belly rather than from his brain and heart. Maybe he just want to hv a feel the feelings of the ordinary…

  8. 8 daveduncan 9 February 2009 at 12:53 am

    Mahathir is the best Malaysia have ever had. Though he did some mistakes, but he has done so many good. Without his so call dictatorship, I don’t think Malaysia will ever be a peaceful place to live.


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