I read in amusement about Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Dr Rais Yatim's (photo) tirade against bloggers in a speech at a book launch yesterday.
The supposedly very cultured Rais was reported as saying that bloggers should evaluate themselves before indulging in an unhealthy culture of bashing others, including government leaders, through their blog sites.
He said although government bashing in the blogsites was among the challenges faced by the Barisan Nasional (BN) in facing the general election, it was not the nature of BN leaders to resort to using blog sites to attack others in their campaigns to win the elections. "I am saying that you should look at your own heart to see if it is clean. If it is not, then don't bash others in your blogs". He signs off by saying that, "I suggest that they attend courses on good manners as good manners is Malaysian culture".
In other not so many words, he is saying that we are kurang ajar.
How bloody presumptuous can he get. Its goes to show that ministers themselves should do some homework and learn to put their brains in gear before opening their big mouths. It is no secret that we bloggers have been at the receiving end with name calling, threatened with law suits, the ISA, etc., by the powers that be and they dont need blog sites to do this.