Trade Minister of Malaysia: Bloggers cause Civil war

I just have to share this. Tenku Adnan, the tourism minister for Malaysia was recently quoted as stating the following:

“Bloggers are liars. They use all sort of ways to cheat others. From what I know, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women.

“Bloggers like to spread rumours, they don’t like national unity. Today our country has achievements because we are tolerant and compromising. Otherwise we will have civil war.

“Malays will kill Chinese, Chinese will kill Malays, Indians will kill everybody else.”

He asked people not to believe bloggers and gamble away Malaysia’s future because 50 years of Merdeka (Independence) takes a lot to achieve it.”

He was responding to Indonesian journalist, Nila Tanzil who had posted some unfavorable things about the Malaysian government.

I am especially moved by an anonymous commenter on Nila's blog:

Dear Nila, it's a brave new world, we walk with you !

Blogging is a force
Blogging has become a force in the world and many do not like it. It gives an accountability and a voice to those that some in power believe “do not deserve a voice,” in this case a woman journalist from another country in a society that does not value the feminine gender.

Perhaps I see the echoes of those who tell teachers not to blog?

Effective, professional, blogging has an impact.

If you want to change the world, perhaps your best choice is to blog.

If you want students to change the world, perhaps we should teach them to blog.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Durff March 27, 2007 - 9:26 pm

Is this guy for real? Who would believe that?

Dale Ehrhart March 27, 2007 - 10:19 pm

I Hate to sound conspiratorial, but most world leaders would love to control the flow of information.

Where they can’t, they disparage.

Vicki A. Davis March 27, 2007 - 10:03 pm

I know, Lisa! I researched it and yes, it is actually true, although he is somewhat rephrasing his words. What made it worse is that the day before this incident, this reporter lost someone very close to her in some riots in the area. Just handled in bad taste, that is for sure!

Nizam April 2, 2007 - 3:28 am

It was not a riot. It was a plane crash.

Anonymous April 10, 2007 - 10:43 pm

Probably Malaysians have been listening to the government for far too long that they think the government is their god or something. It has been the same rhetoric for the past 50 donkey years. This is the same government that gives its’ people education. Does it expect the people not to have any thinking power ?

Jarod June 6, 2008 - 5:07 am

Mr/ms Anonymous, If WE Malaysian Had put the government as our GOD, we wont be having a Political tsunami for this year election.

Of course, what can we citizens who had suffered and realized what is going on but no ways or power to deal with this type of people. His words is a brainless acts that make us shame. All those Malaysian blogger condemn this person who had made the statement. We are in the process of Democracy. Support us in your prayer!

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