“Malaysians, especially Muslims, must avoid being totally immersed in the internet culture, especially Facebook and Twitter. Facilities like internet could not be accepted wholly because it was a form of business introduced by the West and “Malaysians were just users".”
This quote came from no other than our own Minister of Information Communications and Culture Minister, Rais Yatim. Read here
First of all, what it has got to do with religious? For example, is it wrong if I use facebook and twitter to remind my fellow muslim followers to recite the Hijrah New Year doa? And if Rais wants to get religious involved, does he think entertainment programs in RTM abide to Islamic laws and/or practices?
Secondly, he's the Communications Minister who's also the minister in charge of broadband, multimedia, Telekom Malaysia, Packet One, all the telcos, Multimedia and Communications Commissions and the likes. And dont forget, TM and the Government are currently working on the High-Speed Broadband Project under a Private-Public Partnership.
And, recently TV3 announced that their program, the Anugerah Juara Lagu 24 became one of the most successful (if not the most successful) programs in South East Asia with 20 thousand people watching it through streaming over the internet, 25 thousand followers in facebook and 3 thousand followers in twitter. And that just happened in 3 hours! I wonder what would Rais statement be following this statistics? And no wonder, RTM is waaaaaayyyyyyyy behind, maybe even more boring than Laos' TV.
So, yesterday and still running, twitterers in Malaysia came up with this #yorais hashtag and start posting, mostly on why is Rais so ancient. Guess what? #yorais came at number 3 in the trending topics last night, behind #nowplaying and #haiti. Even #merdeka couldn't achieve this feat last August.
And one of my favorite posts was "#yorais is so ancient, when asked about ‘good ol’ days’, he replies, “BC or AD?”" (read more on The Zestful Icednyior).
I'm not excluded, I posted several tweets, like "#yorais is so ancient he still think Hashim Embi is RTM news anchor." Anyone still remember Hashim Embi? And another one "#yorais is so ancient he still think Nurherman Majis is nation's top hurdler".
All in all, another Minister talking shit after Shabery Cheek, Ismail Sabry, Nazri Aziz. Who will follow next? And sadly, they are all from the rotten UMNO!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Posted at 9:30 AM