Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The New Democracy

If you can string a sentence together, you can blog. No, if you can cut, copy and paste (and dodge copyright laws) you can blog. It's that easy. - Sisuahlai

The Malaysian PM has finally acknowledged the role played by bloggers in the last election. He admitted ignoring the internet was his biggest mistake. For years, bloggers are seen as rogue media, rumour-mongers and lies-generators by the Malaysian government. Of course we are. Anything that is unregulated is free to be exploited, sure.

Sadly, that was the ONLY perception of us bloggers held by the government (before the tsunami hit them). Woosh..

There will always be bad apples among bloggers. Same for politics. Same for the police force. Same for anything in a democratic society.

This is when we call for the function of brain! Pak Lah, we are all born with one - this is the purpose: to pick our favourite apple.

I say it is important to have bad apples among bloggers.

Only then, will we see true democracy working. If people choose to listen and believe these so-called bad apples, that basically shows that the good apples are doing an appalling job at convincing them. Kudos to the bad apples, fair game.

This is the reason why society that bans certain religious beliefs, books and restrict non-violent free expression will never see the day of a progressive group of people leading their nation.

Certain governments claim that true democracy can only be allowed once the educational needs of the people are fully met. It cannot be unleashed to a society that is not fully equipped with the right knowledge otherwise extremism will prevail.

f--king rubbish!

True democracy accelerates educational advancement. True democracy weeds out extremism (where are the majority of extremists hiding; and where are they hatching their plans from?). True democracy allows us to have a wider view of the world. True democracy allows us to accept different races as belonging to the same family - thinking humans.

There is no place for limited democracy. It's either full democracy or no democracy. And thank goodness for blogging, and to a certain extent Pak Lah's government for allowing free flow of internet information (unlike China), we are beginning to see some hope in our beloved country...

Pak Lah said, in his "Invest Malaysia 2008" keynote address yesterday, "we thought that the newspapers, and print media, the television were supposed to be important, but young people (ahem, I think you mean young and older people) were looking at sms and blogs."

He went on to say "I thank the Malaysian people for this message. Point well made and taken."

What a painful way to to learn a lesson, losing 2/3 majority of parliamentary seats and losing 5 states to the Opposition! I have one suggestion Pak Lah, please subscribe to my blog feed* to get the latest news. :) Free of charge, no need to tender some more.

From Sisuahlai (mr. bad apple)

*also applies to RPK, Rocky Bru, Marina Mahathir (she is now celebrating her 1,000,000th hit), LKS, S Dali and other bad apples. :)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Badawi starts reading my blog, then he really has too much time on his hands, and he's not fit to run the country :D

March 27, 2008 1:31 AM  
Blogger Sisuahlai said...

Nah, like wat the astro guy says. "i got time." Pak Lah really needs to find some internet time if he wants to stay in touch with the people.

(Hey klaw, i'll dig your blog. Ace stuff.)

March 27, 2008 2:03 AM  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

losing in the cyberwar is only 1 of the many reasons where BN fared badly in the recent general election.

there are many more important factors in which he has not addressed and may, again, delay to address

March 27, 2008 3:29 PM  
Blogger Sisuahlai said...

Sad to say, I think you're right Johnny. Somehow, at this rate, the ruling party can never win the cyber war if they are not prepared to handle the truth.

That's the curse of having too many skeletons in the closet.

March 27, 2008 3:46 PM  

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