Less than 24 hours after the formation of the National Bloggers Alliance (NBA), the government via Water, Energy and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr LimKeng Yaik said they were free to do so but reminded bloggers, especially the 'irresponsible ones' that they must be willing to be held responsible 'for their actions'.
According to the government-controlled national news agency, Bernama, Keng Yaik said the government 'will not stop bloggers in the country from forming an alliance to protect their rights'.
"Rights come with responsibility. So be responsible," he was quoted as saying by Bernama after attending a photo exhibition organised by the Gerakan political party in tribute to his 35 years in politics and public service.
Bernama quoted him as saying that the government would not hesitate to take away the rights of irresponsible bloggers. However, the report did not elaborate on what he meant by taking away the 'rights'.
Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku (Teuku) Adnan Tengku (Teuku) Mansor told civil servants not to be 'misled' by any weblog reports especially those that printed 'negative reports' on national leaders.
Bernama quoted him as claiming that some of the information given to bloggers were by civil servants and he advised those who are not happy with certain leaders to approach them personally or use the 'correct and proper' way to voice their grouses.
Well, Ku Nan it is easier said than done! You don't expect a civil servant who is not happy with his boss or political leader to do so. They would either be demoted, transferred to some 'ulu' posting or 'put in cold storage'.
The safe remedy for them is to 'pass' whatever information or grouses to 'responsible bloggers' because the so called 'media arus perdana' or mainstream media will not publish such information, unless, the boys squatting on the fourth floor of Perdana Putra told their editors to do so!
No wonder more and more Malaysians and foreigners are surfing the net for the latest information and news on Malaysia.
Blogging is expanding daily while the print media is shrinking.