Monday, March 19, 2007
Chris, my Kuala Lumpur correspondent, sends me a troubling e-cutting. Tunku Adnan, Malaysia's tourism minister, told a media conference, 'All bloggers are liars, they cheat people using all kinds of methods. From my understanding, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women.' Bloggers, said Adnan, spread rumours, disrupt social harmony and 'many bloggers are slanderous and are cheating people with their blogs.' If this goes on, says the minister, 'there will be civil war, the Malays will kill the Chinese, the Chinese will take revenge and kill the Malays, and the Indian will kill everyone.' But why will nobody kill the Indians? Perhaps they'll kill each other, in which case blogging is now threatening to produce a Malaysia populated by one technically gifted but morally questionable Indian killer. It could happen here. My own bet is the last man standing will be one of those Peruvian pipers. They have inner resources.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:56 am