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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

SOPO Blogger's Credibility~Gone with the wind?

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Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Dear fellow Malaysians,

In the heat of the online and offline political campaigning that is currently being unleashed unto the nation and constituents of the P94 Hulu Selangor By Election, the trend to character assassinate the PKR candidate has taken a turn for the worse.

I do not know Dato Zaid Ibrahim in person. All I know about him is what I have come to learn from the press and usually the kind of news they publish relating to Zaid Ibrahim is often quite unsavory.

I first read about Zaid Ibrahim when his recommendations to run special lotteries to bear the costs of holding sports activities in this country were published in the newspapers.

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This report was published by The Star on Thursday, 1st of December , 2005 :

' Zaid: Run lotteries to raise sports funds

Organise special lotteries to raise funds for sports.

This was the suggestion Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (BN – Kota Baru) gave to overcome the problem of finances.

He said many gaming companies did not contribute to sports adequately.

Sports in England, he said, were fully funded by profits from gaming.

Zaid: 'What is more important is what we use the money for' Asked whether the proceeds would be halal, he asked: "What is more important is what we use the money for. Why are we afraid of doing it? Is it because of PAS?

"They only have six seats in Parliament. What are we afraid of?"

He made the comments when debating Budget 2006 for the Youth and Sports Ministry at committee stage.

During the debate, several MPs questioned the role of the Sports Commissioner.

They said the post should be abolished because it had not helped the development of sports.

Loh Seng Kok (BN – Kelana Jaya) said many countries which did not have such a position still managed to excel in sports.

"One has to look at the state of sports before and after the position was created," he said, adding that the post was created to solve problems, not otherwise.

This led Datuk Ghazali Ibrahim (BN – Padang Serai) to suggest that the post be abolished as it had not benefited sports in Malaysia.

Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar (BN – Larut) asked why the commissioner had been given the right to meddle in a particular sports organisation.

"This is akin to interfering in family matters," he said.

Debate on this issue then focused on why the commissioner could not solve the issue of the
deregistration of the Malaysian Taekwondo Association (MTA).

Lim Kit Siang (DAP – Ipoh Timur) asked why the parties involved couldn't come together to resolve the problem.

"If this drags on, I'm afraid our performance in the sport may be adversely affected," he said.

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat, winding-up for his ministry, said the problem arose when MTA failed to appeal to the ministry against the commissioner's decision to suspend the association.

"Furthermore, MTA took the issue to court and this added tension to the whole matter," he said.

He said that like all MPs, he also hoped the matter would be resolved quickly.'

End of quote.

Now, for Zaid Ibrahim to have proposed such a preposterous idea is one thing if one is to judge his proposals according to the Islamic point of view. It is not only haram but also at the same occasion destroys any credibility on his part as a learned Malay Muslim lawyer.

Yes, we know he isn't known for his Islamic efforts as one of this nation's prominent lawyer and maybe just deals more with the civil laws etcetera but it also speaks volumes about his reputation as a Malay politician with 'liberal values' and at times for his 'Malay bashing' point of views as well.

We have also heard of his involvement with horse racing gambling activities as proven by the expose here :
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IF he is just an ordinary citizen, maybe the public wouldn't be bothered that much for such a chosen vocation is up to the individual and the authorities if they were to take action against him for breaching the Syariah laws pertaining to gambling which is haram in Islam but as we all know, historically even the first Prime Minister of this country was known to be doing the same thing as Zaid Ibrahim does (or did)?

I have also read about him here advocating Lina Joy's freedom to apostate herself. Sigh....

But what some of our SOPO Bloggers did recently with publishing doctored photos said to prove Zaid's continuing to be a drunkard as shown here has truly crossed the boundaries of legitimate blogging principles :

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This is clearly a very low blow. Smacks of indiscriminate blogging, throwing out all aspects of integrity on the part of the said bloggers and destroys any remaining credibility on their part as a person and as one who is involved in the 'new media'.

Just like what PKR politician Tian Chua suffered after posting the doctored photo of Dato Seri Najib and his associate Razak Baginda having dinner with the murdered Mongolian translator Altantuyaa Shaariibuu :
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Tian Chua's credibility has suffered ever since even though he says he meant it as a joke but the joke backfired with him losing the respect Malaysians had of him as a political activist and social fighter.

Now, sadly those Malaysian SOPO Bloggers who published Zaid's Jack Daniels Whisky bottle hugging photo stand to suffer the same.

Their credibility as reliable sources of new media information might just as well go with the wind.

One does not joke with the truth. It will come home to roost just like the proverbial chickens.

For bloggers to be respected as purveyors of the truth and be free from the encumbrances of political treachery and devious practices, we have no choice but to stay clear of lies and deceitful blogging.

Once we slip up and commit such a heinous crime of slander and malicious blogging, our reputation goes and we will never ever again get to be back as to what we were before?

Surely our self dignity and honor is much too precious to be sacrificed for the temporal measly gains of the material world here in this short life on Earth?

How will we be able to face Allah Azza Wa Jalla in the Yaum al Mahsyar if we resort to such crimes against our fellow beings in the name of blogging for the so called truth when in actuality it has been proven to be nothing but fitnah?

Na'uzubillahiminzalik!

As far as the P94 Hulu Selangor Parliamentary by election goes, let's allow the people there to make their choice free from such malicious campaigning.

I am sure that this time around, they will know better as to how to cast their votes?

It's not like this by election will topple the PR Selangor State government, will it if the voters were to choose the BN's Kamalanathan?

All we want is to see them benefit from a new MP who gets the job done as he should. Not ending up just like most of the other MP's who put up a shameful show of Malaysian Political Circus at its worst there in our Parliament!

To my fellow bloggers, some words of advice:

"Blog with care! Your reputation rests with it!"

I am not endorsing Zaid Ibrahim here with this article but just wanting to remind my fellow bloggers in the Malaysian network to be just and truthful in their efforts online.

May Allah bless us with wisdom and truthfulness in our blogging activities for the betterment of the nation and the ummah in general.

Ameen Ya Rabbal Alameen.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
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