Tengku Adnan Said So
In January, Indonesian journalist Nila Tanzil came to Malaysia as part of a 17-member Indonesian media delegation who was invited to cover Visit Malaysia Year, and specially the Floral Fest.
Nila was representing SCTV.
She came here with full credentials to do a story about beautiful Malaysia.
She had high expectations but was deeply disappointed because she was up against bureaucratic ineptness and did not get the co-operation she needed from Tourism Malaysia's personnel to enable her to do her job.
Nila is also a blogger. She expressed her disappointment in her blog.
Obviously, our Tourism Minister was not amused. When asked about Nila's comments, he shot back. He was quoted by a Chinese language newspaper.
Elizabeth Wong posted this in her blog. Unless the translation is inaccurate, this is what he said:
"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.
“Malays will kill Chinese, Chinese will kill Malays, Indians will kill everybody else.”
He asked people not to believe bloggers and gamble away Malaysia’s future because 50 years of Merdeka (Independence) takes a lot to achieve it.
“We have to show to the people our positive attitude. If the world learns from us, there will be peace and no civil war."
Read what my sisters Kak Teh, Susan Loone and Marina have to say. But, don't take their word for it. They are, after all, women bloggers.