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Monkey see, monkey do

Written By kadayan chronicles on Sunday, 13 April 2008 | 14:12

Written by giin buagas

Bloggers are stupids, spreading lies, of low qualities, they are like monkey. These aren't my words, but thats of what some senior ministers in Malaysia quoted as saying in the past.

But now what the heck that UMNO are trying to do?

Are they want to become stupids, spreading lies, of low qualities, they want to become monkey?

KUALA LUMPUR (news.yahoo.com), Malaysia - Some candidates for posts in Malaysia's ruling party will be required to set up blogs, an official said Friday, a turnaround for governing politicians who had derided online politicking.


Abdul Rahman Dahlan, secretary general of the United Malays National Organization party's youth wing, said all those vying for national youth posts must have blogs to introduce themselves and their programs ahead of party elections in December.


It was not known if any senior leaders of the party will also start blogs to emulate opposition Democratic Action Party leader Lim Kit Siang, who has a popular Web journal.


But the decision appeared aimed at countering heavy losses that the ruling National Front coalition suffered in last month's general elections, partly because they underestimated the power of online campaigning. The United Malays National Party dominates the coalition.


"All candidates must have blogs," Abdul Rahman told The Associated Press. "If not, they are not qualified to be leaders."


In the past, party politicians have said bloggers spread lies and rumors. Many of Malaysia's blogs contain commentary critical of the government.


But now, even youth deputy Khairy Jamaluddin — who once compared bloggers to monkeys living by the law of the jungle — has a blog.


"The last election showed that we lost the cyberwar. We need to embrace the technology now," Abdul Rahman said.


He said help will be available for party members who do not know how to create a blog.
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