Blogger dialogue a la Rais

If dialogue implies conversation and exchange of ideas between two people, then Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Dr Rais Yatim’s idea of an “open approach to the new media” is problematic, if not laughable.

Rais Yatim was quoted by Bernama as saying that “the government always emphasised government policies in every meeting with bloggers, as well as reminding them of the Sedition Act, the Defamation Act and the Internal Security Act.” See here.

This statement indicates an eagerness on his part to instead preach and prescribe to the bloggers what they ought not to do. Rais should try lending an attentive ear for it would benefit him and the federal government in the long run to know what the bloggers, among other Malaysians, think and have to say about politics, justice, freedom of information, economy, religion, ethnic relations, corruption etc.

Otherwise, the planned meeting with the bloggers may turn out to be a monologue of futility.


3 Responses to “Blogger dialogue a la Rais”

  1. 1 walski69 8 July 2009 at 9:40 am

    Dinosaurs don’t dialogue…

  2. 2 guler gul 8 July 2009 at 10:56 am

    At the international court of justice our anak yatim’s dialogue resulted in the loss of batu puteh.

  3. 3 masterwordsmith 10 July 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Your sign off is spot on!

    May I add to Walski’s comment?

    Delusional dinosaurs don’t dialogue!


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