Although a tad too late, the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Dato Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak has set up a website of his own or had someone set it up for him?
Being the ultra conservative one in the Malaysian BN Cabinet, Najib, who has been always been a bit reluctant to mingle with the masses and is always shielded by a phalanx of bush jacketed bodyguards, still screws up big with his choice of having a not so people friendly website.
I mean, the man is really not that loved by the general Malaysian public and I witnessed one incident recently at the Masjid Putra at Putrajaya where no one bothered to go greet the man and he just walked in right up to the front saff @ prayer row, prayed his Jumaat together with the jamaah and when he left, no one got up and greeted him as he left, surrounded by his phalanx of bush jacketed bodyguards.
What does that tell us? No connection with the masses. You can only see folks who have vested interests come and greet the man when there is something to be gained like in the recent Permatang Pauh by election when some funds were being distributed to the villagers in order to induce them to vote for the BN candidate.
Ng Yen Yen was more glaring in her distributing of RM200 ang pows to old folks in the 'buy election' yet Anwar Ibrahim in his comeback bid into Malaysian politics was voted into power there with a larger majority than his wife!
So Najib needs to be more open to the people and not try to wing it like he has done here with this attempt to drive his stake in the online community with such a boring website!
http://www.1malaysia.com.my/v1/index.php is not really that welcoming or user friendly compared to blogs and I don't think that Malaysians are gonna be so gungho in supporting his obviously lacklustre attempt to join the Malaysian online community.
If Najib really wants to join us here in blogosphere, he ought to loosen up and remove the barriers so that Malaysians can either come in with their bouquets or brickbats such as what other prominent BN bloggers have done?
Take Tun Dr.Mahathir's http://www.chedet.com for example. He's the reigning King of the Malaysian Blogosphere now.
The Grand Old Man of Malaysian politics has broken all Malaysian blogosphere records by having 6 million over hits at his blog within the shortest time possible!
Every article of Che Det gets an average of a couple of hundred comments from his visitors! Now, that's something to be reckoned with!
Not that all who go and comment at his blog love the fella but you've got to hand it to him that he has achieved some sort of a huge following at his blog despite the criticisms of him being a bloody recalcitrant ex-dictator of Malaysian politics over the last 2 decades?
So, I seriously would like to advise Najib Tun Razak to loosen up and turn his website into a proper blog and get rid of the form featured below that he is asking folks to fill up before commenting?
What does he think this blogging thingamajig is?
An online application to secure 'scholarships' as what we all have now heard involving him before?
Najib should use the blog systems the way we bloggers do!
He may moderate the comments coming his way but please lay off all the unnecessary phishing for visitor details!
He just stopped short of asking for our IC numbers...hehehehehehe!
No one would even bother to go and comment if he keeps the present set up. No sirree!
The question is whether the man really, really wants to join us here in Blogosphere and get his website be revamped into a proper blog where visitors are free to come in and comment albeit not anonymously?
Is Najib game? Will he heed this advise from a 'fellow blogger' or shy away as I expect him to?