Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bloggers only make noise, says Masing

KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Dato Sri Dr James Masing says the emergence of many pro-opposition Dayak bloggers is not a true representation of the feeling of the majority of the Dayak community.

He said the blogs, most of which were in support of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), were only confined to bloggers with an anti-establishment sentiment.

“These bloggers tend to make a lot of noise, but I do not believe they represent the majority. Just because they are bloggers they make a lot of noise and incite the people.

“Yet, the majority of people in Sarawak are not inclined towards that kind of thinking. The community in general are more rational in their thinking,” he said.

Masing, who earlier attended the State BN supreme council meeting here, was asked by reporters the impact of blogs on the Batang Ai by-election.

Though the blogs might not side BN, he said he was not all against criticisms made by the bloggers against BN. He said some of the criticisms allowed BN to see its faults and shortcomings.

“Bloggers who are against BN are like mirror. You do not ignore the image you see in the mirror. If there is a pimple, cure it. If there is something wrong, erase it. Do not break the mirror if you do not like what you see. You’ve got to be positive,” he said.

He nonetheless expressed his disappointment with criticisms, which tend to be vindictive rather than contributing towards the development of the community.

Some bloggers, he added, must also ‘walk the talk’ rather than just making criticisms.

“I welcome positive criticism. If ignored, human civilisation will never move forward, that’s what I always think.

“But (to the bloggers), don’t criticise for the sake of criticising. That is being vindictive, and it gives a poor impression of the critic himself,” he said.

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