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March 12, 2007

Are Bloggers Liars?

Filed under: General — Major (Rtd) Teoh @ 12:07 pm

Are Bloggers Liars?

If bloggers are liars, can I be excused if I say all ministers are corrupted and are cheats?

To quote the Minister of Tourism, Tengku Adnan:

“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. ”

As a Minister of Tourism, Tengku Adnan ought to be more careful with his words, Not only did he utter rots but also did it on a wrong day – of all days it must be International Women’s Day. That’s great!

I have always doubted the intelligence of some of our ministers and incidents such as this prove that I am far from wrong. In my opinion, if we have ministers who utter rubbish, I do not think people from other countries will ever want to learn from us. What is there to learn?

I have good blogger friends, and all of them are responsible, educated and intelligent. They make reasonable and fair comments. To say that they like to spread rumours and they do not like national unity is utterly mischievious and nonsense. It is baseless and unkind for a minister to make such accusations. He does not know what is being discussed, deliberated and shared.

The real problem lies in the fact that truth hurts and some people are unable to face the truth. It all started when Nila Tanzil, an Indonesian blogger/tv journalist filed in a report in her blog about the shabby manner in which she was treated when she was officially invited to make a documentary on Malaysia.

Sometimes I use to wonder why our ministers are not tactful and diplomatic. They always fall prey to the journalists who will lure them to make controversial remarks and push them into a tight corner. Now, who looks foolish?

All what the Minister should have said was, “O! Is that true? I will check with my ministry and come back to you.” That would have been a better answer and it could have saved the day.

Just sharing.


Major (Rtd) Teoh



  1. Typical of high level government officials to shoot themselves in the foot! That’s why Mahathir calls them a bunch of half past six ministers and a half past six government. Sometimes there is some truth in what he says. It’s amazing how frequent this sort of things happen!! They never learn from their mistakes.

    Comment by siewpat — March 18, 2007 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  2. To some, sorry seems to be the hardest word to say. They tend to be very defensive and in trying to untangle, the get more entangled. It is like falling into a quick-sand pit. The more you struggle, the quicker you sink.

    Had he apologised, this matter would have been over. Some people never learn that discretion is the better part of valour.


    Major (Rtd) Teoh

    Comment by Major (Rtd) Teoh — March 18, 2007 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

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