Bloggers, political situation and press freedom in MalaysiaBloggers in Malaysia are a special breed. They have been accorded all kind of names like "monkey bloggers", "female lying bloggers" and "goblok". According to Wikipedia Indonesia, "Goblok adalah sebuah kata yang artinya Bodoh atau Tolol" which translated to plain English is "Goblok is a word meaning stupid or asinine, balmy, dimwitted, dopey, fatuous, featherbrained, fool, foolish, empty headed, glassy, goofy, half witted, idiot, idiotic, ignoramus, inane, rattlebrained, sappy, senseless, silly, simple-minded, stupid, thick-headed, wooden-headed, asshole and ass hole (from http://www.kamus.net/).
Wow!! Such honor, such a long list of titles! Now prior to the 12th Malaysia General Election 2008, there were lots of "protest blogs" like Blog for Positive Changes and a whole lot more. The arrogant, deaf and insensitive ruling BN (Barisan Nasional) hardly have any blog worth mentioning and concentrated on the tightly controlled MSM (mainstream media) where all kinds of rubbish news are dished out which hardly any thinking Malaysians take seriously. But obviously the BN politicians do, for they believed their own propaganda and got lulled into a sense of complacency, thinking they will continue to get elected back into office with huge majority like in the past.
The opposition political parties and sympathizers on the other hand because they were locked out from the mainstream media to deliver their message, turned to blogs to deliver their messages to the public. It had come to the point that blogs are given more credibility than the mainstream media.
For their complacency and neglect of alternative media, the arrogant BN were handed their worst trashing in the recent election, lost control of many states and only managed to cling on to Federal Government control by a simple majority with just over 50% of the votes. Many believed they would have lost had it not been for unfair election practices such as denying the opposition access to the main stream media and other practices which I dare not list here for fear of being sued.
Expanding monkey bloggers tribe in MalaysiaAnd now, you know what? Our Malaysian tribe of monkey bloggers have grown. BN politicians have now started their own blogs, one of which was Mohd. Ali Rustam, latest monkey blogger. This hugely arrogant Mentri Besar (Chief Minister) of Malacca is mainly remembered for insulting a component party of their coalition as an invited guest at their general assembly by telling them in their place that they are not needed in BN (a coalition of many political parties which UKNO of which the arrogant Mohd. Ali Rustam is a very senior member). They can leave the coalition anytime. In fact he suggested they leave before the next general election. Why wait, he asked. UMNO have ruled Malaysia for 50 years and can continue to rule the country for another 50 years without their support.
Well, we monkey bloggers will welcome all other monkey bloggers irrespective of political inclinations as long as publish sense and not nonsense.
Malaysian Bloghouse - a center for Malaysian BloggersWell before the so-called "political tsunami" in Malaysia, Malaysian bloggers have already banded together and rented a detached house to serve as the Malaysian Bloghouse. They were lucky and managed to get donations of items like television, refrigerator, furniture, air conditioners, and I don't know what else. If I remember correctly, the pillars upon which the gates are hinged have a built-in Mailbox.
I do not know how much snail mails Bloghouse get in its Mail box, but bloggers being very Internet savvy, I don't expect them to get much except for junk mails. Perhaps a better idea may to get someone to donate some multi-unit Mailboxes
Photo of multi-unit mailboxes is property of D C John
Then Malaysian bloggers monkeys or homo sapiens can leave hard copy messages for each other in Malaysia BLOGHOUSE.