Friday, March 01, 2013
It Is Malaysia's First "Social Media" Election..
(I was down and out for three days early this week. A terrible bout of flu. Rare that I succumbed to it. Must be a nasty bug.)
Let me quote PM Najib when he was at the Malaysia Social Media Week 2013 organised by the Malaysia SocialMedia Chambers (SMC) in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
The PM said social media had the ability to include more voices into one issue, including political debates.
He predicted that this would be practised in the coming months as people went to social media to discuss issues related to teh general election.
"I can confidently predict that this will be Malaysia's first social media election".
Najib said he had imposed upon his ministers and potential election candidates to be social media savvy as it helped them to get engeaged with the people who are internet users.
Now..that's a long way from where everyone came from in 2008 when blogs and bloggers were despised, feared, whatever by the then leadership. Paranoid even.
I became a blogger then.
The administration was hostile towards bloggers.
But, someone (who himself got drawn into blogging and became an uber blogger) thanked bloggers .
Every opposition candidate had a blog, compared to only a handful of BN candidates.
Of course, post-election -- a wake-up call..yadayada..
Well, let's hope they have all woken up, I know some have.
Najib was possibly the first Cabinet minister to give regard, acknowledgment and recognition to bloggers..
I wrote something about this in the NST. Here's my column (March 2)