The pen, if not mightier than the sword, fits easier into the coat pocket…I read this sometime back in Keith Miles’ book on all things cliche, The Finest Swordsman in all France.
Convenience is a powerful rationale to explain why people do things the way they do it. In Malaysia, many not-so tech-savvy people did not write online because they were not familiar with templates, widgets and other thingamajigs that can be so off-putting.
Blog hosts like Blogger, WordPress, Rediffblogs, MySpace make it very easy for people to claim a space and write away. Humans are expressive creatures. doesn’t take long for them to express their respective individuality.
In Malaysia, 22 or is it 23 million different individuals make up the nation. We are all different. What brings us together is the fact that we live under the same constitutional roof of Malaysia.
Of course there will be differences. Celebrate the diversity, and come together when it matters most, our own nation. We bloggers do not love this country any less than those people in the political parties or in the government.
Speaking for a large number of bloggers, I must say that a lot of bloggers are not even partisan. Patrick Teoh of Niamah and Tokkok is one such guy. He delivers brickbats for what he sees as bad governance and bad service, and kudos for the good ones.
Kenny Sia who Technorati rated as the No 1 Blog in Malaysia, is not partisan either. But the 20-something Sarawakian still makes his views known, and sometimes beneath all that hilarity there is a point.
Kickdefella makes his point with posters. Rather funny ones that made him a household name in a short time. He often targets political figures but come on, it hardly counts as hatred-mongering.
Mat Salo writes from a lonely outpost in Borneo and what brings us his articulate viewpoints and stories is the blogworld. Blogs are making us Malaysians read more. Its making us Malaysians write more. It is has a potential for making us more literate as a society, more informed, and hopefully someday a more mature society.
Registering bloggers? What does that accomplish? This is perhaps the last democratic place in Malaysia where we can say what we want to without being arrested for illegal assembly, being subjected to tear gas and water cannon treatments.
And what are we saying really? Make this country a better place for all Malaysians. We say it differently. Perak Regent HRH Raja Nazrin Shah said the same thing more eloquently.
This country belongs to all its citizens. So don’t make us feel like “All Malaysians are equal but some are more equal than others” anymore.