MP and Minister Nazri A Aziz held court at a seminar for journalists a few days ago in PJ. Organised by the National Union of Journalists, the seminar was part of the union's Merdeka celebrations. Some 100 NUJ members, students of journalism and guests sat and listened to Nazri lamenting that he sometimes didn't get enough space in the newspapers.
In fact, this is not an uncommon grievance of MPs and ministers. State Assemblymen and MBs also complain at various times of the same thing. It's a fact that politicians have a love-hate relationship with the media the world over, and most believe strongly in the saying that "bad Press is better than no Press at all."
On this occasion, and with the technology readily available in the country, those who complain that they don't get enough Press have an immediate solution to their woe - START YOUR OWN BLOG!
It takes less than three minutes to create a blog. Those who are really IT-savvy can start one with half an eye closed! When MPs, MBs, Ministers and CMs have their own blog, they can have total control of their media space. They can shut people out, lecture and sermonise to their hearts content, receive feedback from voters and engage their constituents all the time.
I know that they are very busy and may not be able to update their blogs as often as they like. But why not take the first step and see if it works. Hello! You and I know a couple of high-profile politicians who blog, and one must give them credit for doing so. The frequency with which they update their blogs is another matter altogether!
Having cyber-warriors doing the articulation is not the same as having a genuine YBs operating their own blogs. Politicians in some other countries have their own blogs and they have found this to be useful and convenient.
Come on YBs, let's see you put up your blog soon! It'll be fun too!
PS - would YBs who blog be referred to as liars, rumour mongers and goblok too? I wonder...