Be wary of the blogs, overseas Malaysians warned

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi cautioned Malaysians abroad, including students, ‘not to be easily influenced by what is being written in blogs about the political development back home’.


According to a Bernama report, Zahid pointed out that many of the blogs ‘were mere allegations’.


He added that reading the blogs out of curiosity without checking them against the mainstream media ‘could poison the mind as many of the contents were not based on facts’.


Students and other Malaysians abroad were advised to ‘balance things out’ by reading the websites of the mainstream media such as Bernama and Utusan Malaysia which practise ‘ethical writing’.


Perhaps the honourable minister has been reading too much of the mainstream media to the extent that his thinking becomes flawed.


While one could argue that there are elements of distortion or exaggeration in certain blogs, one also cannot deny the fact that there are many blogs and websites that do try to disseminate latest information and news based on facts that are accessible to them.


That said, Malaysians abroad should heed the ‘advice’ of the minister, i.e. compare the reporting and analyses between the mainstream media on the one hand and blogs and news portals on the other.


A case in point, as I have highlighted in this blog, is the reporting of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s recent press conference where private investigator P. Balasubramaniam’s first Statutory Declaration (SD) was revealed. The online versions of the mainstream English and Malay press, with the exception of The Star, merely dragged their feet until late in the day when they covered the press conference of deputy prime minister Najib who made a response to the SD.


In contrast, many blogs and news portals were the first to report the event.


Furthermore, by making such a crass comparison between the mainstream media and the new media, the minister has actually painted an impression that all of the mainstream media practise ‘ethical writing’, which is really questionable judging from their professional conduct in recent past.


Anyway, I am sure overseas readers can make up their own minds when it comes to making a critical assessment of Malaysia’s mainstream media and the new media. In fact, these Malaysians have an added advantage in that they also can compare the local media, both mainstream and new, with the foreign media that report matters on Malaysia.




24 Responses to “Be wary of the blogs, overseas Malaysians warned”

  1. 1 humanrights&freedom 5 July 2008 at 3:59 am

    Zahid hamidi was so scared his bxxls shrink, advise Malaysians and students overseas not to read blog. I think this goon has eaten a lot of shit. Utusan and mainstream media are govt owned, we Malaysians and students overseas are not stupid like him to eat shit. We have friends and relatives in Malaysia who can also provide us the facts. Hamidi’s mouth so stinks nowadays including all his goons using stinking ways in politics. The whole world knew the govt in Malaysia is corrupted, lies, cheats, abuses power, robs the people and makes people suffer.

  2. 2 Antares 5 July 2008 at 4:19 am

    PRRRRRP! That’s my personal response to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. Times like these I wish I could do like Joseph Pujol, the famous “petomaine” of Marseilles… in effect, answer hot air from deadheads with an entire wind ensemble 🙂

  3. 3 Immuned 5 July 2008 at 5:19 am

    We don’t have otak udanglah….we know how to differentiate between facts and fiction..
    Don’t worry about us Mr Minister, worry about the suffering rakyat in Malaysia and have right priorities in running the county without trying to outsmart one another.
    Do what you are paid to do please….I am sure you are not paid to advise us..if so you are overpaid!

  4. 4 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 5 July 2008 at 7:36 am

    Let’s not insult the intelligence of all students local or overseas
    Surely they can think for themselves what their own eyes can read and see
    There’s no need from more independent, updated and comprehensive news flee
    If these students want to be truly worthy of their hardearned academic degrees

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 050708
    Sat. 5th July 2008.

  5. 5 sabahan 5 July 2008 at 7:53 am

    What is writen on the blog may just be gathered opinion but mainstream media is filtering & distorting facts.

  6. 6 Rocket Science 5 July 2008 at 8:06 am

    That fella thinks the Malaysians overseas are stupid or what. Most of them are overseas (residing permanently) because they have grown tired of the UMNO leadership of this country.

    If anything the MSM are reporting distorted facts.

    Where is the news of Badawi’s alleged involvement in the oil for food fracas over in Iraq?

    Malaysia apparently paid over 1.8 billion in kickbacks to the Iraqi government for this program. The news is all over Malaysia Today go have a look.

    Why is that not HEADLINE news splashing over all the MSM?

  7. 7 Scott Thong 5 July 2008 at 9:18 am

    Indeed… Don’t believe those fake blogs, they just use Photoshop and copy-paste the same face over and over to make it seem like people actually support the Opposition.

    Why, just look at the sterling example at the bottom of this post of fake not-newsness! Fake I say!

    Believe the MSM. Trust them. Serve them.

  8. 8 Intelektua. 5 July 2008 at 9:50 am

    Another unnourished political and intellectual bigot by another government policy maker. Is this how the goverment feed us progressively, intelectually and rationally? Are we leading to dark ages of information eclipsed by disinformation? The important goverment machinaries, the police, Attorney General’s chamber, ministers are just spin doctors…disinformation doctors. Is the present goverment sick enough, dying, needed spin doctors badly to rejuvenate a scenario of pathological political anarchies? Proofs are in your good brain as the latest contradictory episode of satutory declaration, (legal, political, corruption) by ex-policeman himself.

  9. 9 walski69 5 July 2008 at 10:17 am

    It seems like even when 20 some years have gone past, the tactical firefighting methods remain the same…

    I remember some 20 years ago, while studying abroad in the US, the Malaysian Students Department went on a road show to “explain” the truth about Memali, and not to believe what we ‘heard’ from non-mainstream sources – at the time (this was before the ‘Net, mind you), namely from family members at home. Not sure how much resources were spent, but given that they went to all universities with large Malaysian student populations, it must have been significant.

    Fast forward to now, and still the message is the same: only believe the mainstream media. Never mind that it’s the government-choked mainstream media, and never mind that blogs provide a different perspective (sometimes). Don’t listen to rumors… LISTEN TO US!

  10. 10 khalib 5 July 2008 at 10:21 am

    Trust not the Blogs but do trust the facts it gives you!.

  11. 11 Hahaha 5 July 2008 at 10:26 am

    Who is this blooming joker (Dr Ahmad) is trying to kid! Are you assuming we have no brains? ……only YOU and alikes are tainted and with unbalanced minds! Are you also, trying to tell us we have a very clean government. Above all,
    the mainstream papers are only fit for the kampung outdoor toilets.

  12. 12 Tenuda 5 July 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I think I know which (problematic) blogs Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi are talking about …

    . List goes on and on….

  13. 13 blogulp.buddy 5 July 2008 at 2:54 pm

    totally agree with sabahan. the news from mainstream media are all distorted in favor of the umno/ bn. shame on you bn’ians.

  14. 14 din 5 July 2008 at 4:47 pm

    So they should trust the gomen-controlled media?

  15. 15 shadowmode 5 July 2008 at 5:00 pm

    these days what the government says is just good enough for u to stick up ur mid-finger to whatever they are saying.

    i live in KL n i see this shit everyday in the mainstream media have been boycotted by a large segment of the ppl here in the capital due to its misleading news, lies & coverups, yet the government still expect ppl to trust em??

    grrr.. their ignorance makes me angry

  16. 16 artic turban 5 July 2008 at 5:50 pm

    this goes to show how dogmatic and backwards umno is, the other day there was an expose’ that dpm and minister of education, do not trust the local education system because it teaches in malay, and send their children to international school in kl, namely garden school, whose education syllabus is in english and the standard is just slightly higher than what used to be taught in our own local education system till the year 1979, if you go there you will find majority of the ministers’ children from umno, bn vvip’s and also children of members of the ruling class
    are all studying there. Some of these spoiled prats/brats can also be found partying and drinking alcohol in the kl clubs, (everytime there are jais & police raids you can see often these are the first allowed to leave without hinderance) meanwhile the same ministers are championing KETUANAN MELAYU, ISLAMIC DOCTRINE, education language should be in Malay while they make sure their children have the advantage of a better and higher command of the english language and education (so bolih speakinglah), meanwhile in malaysia the education level is going to the dogs, recently I met a son form 3, of a businessman who btw is in the local school, and asked him something which i learnt in standard 4/5 in the early 70’s, when did the portugese invade malacca, his answer 18????, belum belajar lagi, this happened in 1511, the number is etched in my mind and I am 52. i can still recall formulae from my maths, that was what we called quality education with dedicated teachers, what do we find today, a shambles, why has the msm not done an expose on this, is it a diabolical scheme by umno vvip’s to keep the rest of the nation bodoh inclusive so that future leaders will come from their own families, look at umno today, the are the stalwarts of families in power today, razak, hussein onn, mahathir, these are what you call dynasties. meanwhile you will notice there are even son-in-laws and daughters of political families involved, what about scholarships, who gets them first, umnoputras, or the the children of ali, kassim, abu, muthu, ah chong, justone singh, stephen de cruz, van huizen. who gets scholarships first. what about subsidies for farmers in the form of fertilisers, grain, crop machinery, all these are in the hands of the umnoputras who sell them to businessmen, isn’t this treason in the form of sabotage on food self reliance and rural macro-economics. does the msm print this? we have people who have been arrested overseas with unexplainable bagful of money being ministers, what about the khalwat raid in PD where a very prominent politician was caught by jabatan agama negeri sembilan in fellatio, was that reported?, meanwhile if not for the blogs would the scandal of an umno-muslim, ex-minister who was drop down drunk grabbing the butt of someone’s daughter, whatever happened to that case though? if not for the blogs, we would not hear any stories about the wrongdoings of our so-called self-righteous …. holier than thou, politicians, who seem to be above the law, where they can commit crimes and not get punished even probably to the extent of murder. where did the C4 COME FROM, you can’t just go and buy this at the corner grocery store, or the erasure of immigration records of people entering our country. was this reported, I DON’T THINK SO? like the child said in home alone. the umno-led govt. is treating us like children, using all means possible even religion, not to question what they are doing. shouldn’t the drunk minister who was drunk face islamic shariah court for being intoxicated. isn’t that haram.

  17. 17 Weapon X 5 July 2008 at 5:58 pm

    ‘Ethical writing ‘of the government controlled media that only knows how to ‘mengampu’ the UMNO idiots? No thanks, I’ll stick to reading the blogs..Zahidi ni ingat kita orang bodoh ke? No hope la Malaysia, no hope………Sad, sad, sad.

  18. 18 artic turban 5 July 2008 at 5:59 pm

    tuan mustaffa, like your blog. I am not a racist and if I bring up the subject of muslims I am talking about the muslims of umno, not the common law abiding muslim. Being a muslim and practising it with a clear conscience is one THING, but to abuse your religion for political influence and staying in power is another, do you notice the ISLAM OF PAS AND THE ISLAM OF UMNO, have you heard of pas members working for govt service involved in corruption. that is what i mean.

  19. 19 Patricia 5 July 2008 at 7:33 pm

    “He added that reading the blogs out of curiosity without checking them against the mainstream media ‘could poison the mind as many of the contents were not based on facts’. ”

    Hahaha, this is too funny. He WAS joking, right???

  20. 20 su 5 July 2008 at 9:08 pm


    To put this to a test, I’m an overseas student. Malaysian student in New Zealand. That means this advice is to me right?

    But wait, I write a blog too. ANd not just any blog, I write a blog on Malaysian politics!

    So maybe I shouldn’t read my own blog, no?

  21. 21 yorgyb 5 July 2008 at 11:11 pm

    To all Malaysians out there, please read:-


  22. 22 CYBERBOY 9 July 2008 at 9:30 am

    We have already warned that if they treat with contempt democracy, then they have to face the wrath of the people. Now, the people are launching a CYBER-PSYCHO WAR on this UMNO/BN government.

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