Flamboyant UMNO information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Mohammad Taib has described writers of political blogs as cowards. He even described them in Malay as "pondan" or tranvestite.
Muhammad, the former Selangor State Chief Minister or Menteri Besar in Malay, was quoted by local media including national news agency, Bernama, as saying that the bloggers (writers of political blogs) were afraid of using web addresses in the country but use overseas addresses "to slam" the country and its leaders.
It is no secret that Muhammad was not happy with well-known Malaysian blogger, Raja Petra Kamaruddin of Malaysia Today. He accused Malaysia Today of disrespectful to Malaysia's Supreme Head of State or the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the religion of Islam and made a police report out of it. Raja Petra was summoned by the police and a statement was recorded. Raja Petra's faithful wife too was not spared by the police. Until today, the police could not establish a case against Malaysia Today or Raja Petra simply because Muhammad's allegations did not hold water.
It is wrong for Muhammad to attack "writers of political blogs". You don't burn the mosquito net just to kill a mosquito. Muhammad, in particular and UMNO in general, should not look down on bloggers as "pondans", monkeys or "goblok". They should not underestimate the influence of blogs, be it political or otherwise, especially when they will be seeking fresh mandate from the voters, soon. Young and new voters will be the deciding factor in the coming general elections and they are "internet literate". They will not be easily bought or influenced with outdated political tactics to woo voters.
The coming elections will open the eyes of "has been" politicians such as Muhammad or a rude wake up call to most of his party leaders.