Of lies and bloggers, again

It looks like blogging, or rather a collective of ‘lying blogs’, has become an inescapable phenomenon as well as a growing concern in Malaysia among certain quarters, apart from politicians such as Mohd Shafie Apdal.

 

A piece about blogs and lying is published in today’s New Sunday Times, an extract of which is carried below. It is written by former special adviser to the United Nations secretary-general on ethics, Tunku Abdul Aziz. For his entire comment, read here

  

Liars hiding behind the cyber curtain

FOLLOWING the electoral winds of change in March, a great wave of cynicism is sweeping the land.

 

Whatever the government says is treated as a pack of lies by the blogging community which has arrogated to itself the role of the nation’s conscience and arbiter of truth.

 

This may seem absurd, and it is, when we know from painful personal experience that most of them who are trotting out opinions and comments on the website are least qualified to claim the moral high ground where truth, and the whole truth, is concerned.

 

Mark you, I have the greatest respect for responsible bloggers, and they can be counted on the fingers of one hand. And it is not my intention to tar all with the same brush.

 

Unfortunately, the World Wide Web seems to have attracted, and has apparently become a ghetto of sorts for, a growing population of the socially maladjusted who make a virtue of distorting the truth, scattering insinuations and innuendos like confetti on those who come within range.

  

The imputation of improper motives to those they perceive to be fair game has been developed into an art form.The damage to the reputation of their victims is never given a second thought, and why should anyone object when we live in a democracy and they are well within their rights to hide behind the cyber curtain and level wild allegations against those whom they dislike for reasons best known to themselves?

 

Blogging, as far as they are concerned, is not about fair comment; it is a licence to spread despair and disquiet, and to exploit the uncertain political times the country is going through.

 

It is also about gaining notoriety; the blog is the only avenue they believe that is open to them to add a little spice and excitement to their otherwise sterile intellectual existence.

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4 Responses to “Of lies and bloggers, again”


  1. 1 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 13 July 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Let’s pray that bloggers continue to blog
    Without being accused of having mental blocks
    Sharing their timings with us through their clocks
    Keeping their saws sharp enough to cut all kinds of log

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 130708
    http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
    Sun. 13th July 2008.

  2. 2 wanderer 13 July 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Why blame the bloggers? It is payback time. We have been abused by these corrupted politicians from BN for the last 50 years and stuffed with MSM rubbish, (controlled by the same scums) for the last 30 years, now you say we are immoral? Fly a kite, tell me another one!

  3. 3 Charli88 13 July 2008 at 6:52 pm

    I always believe and it’s common sense that the outcome of what’s happening in Malaysia now is the cause that the ruling party has created thru’ their policies and the way they run this country. It’s obvious that they manipulate and abuse the power for their own upperhand ignoring the livelihood of the masses as a whole. It’s also very obvious especially about corruption in awarding projects and procurements. The runners/intermediaries/proxies can tell you all. At the end of the day, the resources supposed to improve people’s lives have gone offshore etc etc etc. The powerful and politicians who are in the right camp get the right to be above the law. In conclusion, what you do is what you get. Imagine if the ruling party is sincere to implement separation of power, fair and democratic administration. Malaysia is on the way to compete with Singapore. To me this is a simple truth.

  4. 4 Antares 13 July 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Bloggers have made the NST and Star look like shit. Little wonder the NST has been on the bloggers’ case since before the March 8 elections.
    And that’s why Umno is hellbent on destroying Anwar, It’s obvious that his rise equals to Umno’s downfall… and all who have fed at the Umno trough will be deprived of their free passes to the best seats in the house! Makkal Sakthi!


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