BLOGGING seems to be the prevailing vogue or flavour after the March 8 cataclysmic rampage that deprived the once omnipotent Barisan Nasional of its invincible 2/3 majority.
It is ok to change, to try new things like blogging. It is a means to an end and blogging cannot be an end in itself. This Chief Minister had the opportunity to take a swipe at the Selangor Government's approval of the new pig breeding facility. He used his first posting to get even. Tsk.....tsk.tsk....but as you will discover, he fell flat on his face.
He did not do his homework until commentators reminded him that it was his buddy Khir Toyo who initiated this. He did not know that a study tour was made to
Malacca Chief Minister Mohd Ali Rustam has removed hundreds of comments left on his weblog after his posting on the Selangor centralised pig farm came under fire from readers.
The entry in Bahasa
It prompted 365 readers to leave comments as at 3pm yesterday when Malaysiakini first visited the blog site.
Mohd Ali - who is also Umno vice-president - congratulated Selangor voters including Muslims for voting in the Pakatan Rakyat government, which decided to implement the project originally conceived by Barisan Nasional.
An overwhelming majority criticised Mohd Ali - who joined the bandwagon of bloggers this month - as ‘short-sighted’ and ‘playing up racial sentiments’.
On re-visiting the blog 30 minutes later, Malaysiakini found that the comments had been removed and that the comment-posting function had been disabled. However, a screen capture copy was subsequently obtained.
And this why neophyte Ali bombed out......he did not know anything about screen capture copy. We all read it and it was Nat who said that "Ali Rustam got whacked left right and center, and when they couldn’t take it any more, they just deleted the comments system". Wrong escape route you took mr.minister. However, there is a way out for you according to the gutsy Politikus. She gives you this advice about the bashing you received:
"And I really, really mean bashing. The kind that actually makes me feel mildly sorry for him. And frankly, if it was me, I’d quickly apologise for writing that rather uninformed post!! You know the rational:- if a few people disagree with you, the problems is most probably them but if everybody disagrees with you, the problem is most probably you."
Thus credibility, integrity, are necessary values to possess if you want to blog. Also you must be able to take a beating like a man and dont sweep comments against you under the carpet. So if you do not have these qualities, you might as well go build that tower in Malacca. At least you can get some money out of that project......there is no kickbacks in blogging. Most of us unemployed bloggers use blogs to lie and monkey around........it can be an elite group and being one....we are wary of dishonest ones joining our ranks.