Why ‘computeritis’ is dangerous to Malaysians

Malaysians, especially the young ones, have been warned of the danger of ‘computeritis’ in the long run. 
For the uninitiated, ‘computeritis’ refers to the disturbing habit of relentless looking at the computer for a long period of time so that one’s reading habit gets jettisoned somehow. 
Expressing this concern of late is no less than our informed Information, Communication and Culture Minister Rais Yatim who called on young Malaysians to cultivate the habit of reading books. 
Apparently, this paternalistic advice came about within the larger context of people subjecting and glueing themselves to websites and blogs that are especially critical of the powers-that-be. This is because such virtual obsession may unfortunately take people away from other reading materials, such as the mainstream newspapers, that offer truth and nothing but the truth. 
But then, this promotion of reading habit, it seems, has its limits too. Well, at least in Malaysia. 
Not all books can be read. There are still some books that have been banned or censored by the Home Ministry, including the one regarding a former Prime Minister who ruled for a long, long while, and another one that funnily looks at 1Malaysia.
Mind you, these banned books, if exposed to those innocent Malaysians, can trigger off something nasty, like causing public disorder or a threat to national security.
In this sense, certain reading habit — virtually or otherwise — can be considered dangerous by the ruling elite.
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2 Responses to “Why ‘computeritis’ is dangerous to Malaysians”


  1. 1 Anil 3 March 2010 at 8:36 am

    I suppose the moral of the story is that reading can be hazardous for your health!

  2. 2 Antares 3 March 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Heh heh. I can read Rais Yatim like an open book – a hideously boring and badly-written one that’s best used as a doorstop.


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