When Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohamad himself raises the question of propaganda and the way certain social media practitioners go about switching camps in favor of those who can feather their nests with material gains, it reminds me of what I termed as 'political remora's who attach themselves to the behemoths in order to feed on whatever scraps that might fall their way from the host's mouth.
Frankly speaking, Tun ought not bother with whatever anyone else blogs about and sticks to his guns and fire away as he damn well pleases.
All throughout his political life, Tun Dr. Mahathir has been committed to his principles and persevered with his ideals and viewpoints no matter what comes his way.
As a blogger who has been monitoring what goes on in our Malaysian political theater, I have seen social media practitioners switch camps as they please and support whoever benefits them. You know I know lah! No need to dwell on such things.
In every country, politics is intimately connected with those who have a platform to change and alter the public's perspectives. It's been the same since our time immemorial.
Before the advent of the internet and subsequently, the world of the blogosphere, opinions and viewpoints were often penned and mailed to the editors of the mainstream newspapers and magazine publishers.
Even then, not every letter to the editor was accepted or approved for publishing. The newspaper editors were often and I believe even to this very day beholden to the powers that be so as not to publish anything that damages the credibility or reputation of the ruling government.
Same goes to the radio and television broadcasting stations. The minute they air anything that whacks the Prime Minister or ruling authorities, their licences would be suspended and stations muzzled!
I remember suggesting to Tun Dr. Mahathir to join us as a blogger when he complained of being blocked from sharing his views during the era of Tun Abdullah Badawi when we converged at the Kelab Century Paradise at the first social media event hosted by Raja Petra Kamaruddin back then.
Flashback to 2006.
In our country's political scene, many strange and weird things has happened. Who would have thought that Mahathir would one day be sitting together with the likes of Lim Kit Siang and Mat Sabu on a common platform? Hahahahaha..
Today, all those whom we thought to be mortal enemies could be seen hugging and slapping each other on their backs on a common camaraderie.
It's so bewildering! The bloggers whom Tun Dr. Mahathir was referring to were at one time quite close to him and often seen prominently at his functions and events.
But then circumstances have changed and like the proverbial Malay saying, 'Sekali air bah ; sekali pasir berubah!' Meaning that when flood happens, the sands (of the riverbanks) would have shifted. Things won't be the same anymore.
Tun Dr. Mahathir needs to just move on. Not depend on any of the bloggers or social media practitioners. Just plod on with his mission to 'save Malaysia.
I for one however do not place too much hope on his newfound party. Presided over by our former Deputy Prime Minister who chose to keep silent when he was in office and also upon Mahathir's own offspring who was the Kedah Menteri Besar back then.
These chaps chose to play safe and kowtowed to Najib Tun Razak despite now claiming to know of Najib's wrongdoing back then when the whole 1MDB fiasco exploded!
How can we trust 'play-safe politicians'? They'd jump ship the minute it springs a leak and not throw us any lifesaver's!
No sirree! I'd rather watch out for myself and try to survive whatever comes my way!