Since Annie’s is one of my favourite daily reading, I feel compelled to respond to a commenter at her blog, an Anon @18 August 2013 13:22 who wrote the following:
“[…] sebagai insan yg masih ada sedikit kewarasan (syukur kpd-NYA) saya rasa adalah tanggung jawab saya untuk memberitahu Annie agar jangan biarkan blog Annie ini menjadi medan mencaci sesama manusia walau berbeza bangsa dan agama apatah lagi warna kulit.
Saya mengikuti blog Annie dengan rapat dan mendapati 90% komen (sama ada drpd yg kritik Annie atau yg mempertahankan Annie) adalah berbaur perkauman. Saya sedar Annie siarkan komen-komen negatif terutama yg sindir Annie semata-mata kebebasan tapi perlukah kita membayar untuk kebebasan suatu hari nanti gara-gara niat buruk kita hari ini?” (minor typos corrected)
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What I think
I like Annie’s blog for its originality and genuine feel.
It seems to me that Anon above (commenter in Annie’s blog) is trying to form-fit her into a Kumbayah-political correctness mould.
He appears to want Annie to block negative comments “yang berbaur perkauman” when her readers slag each other.
I believe he should allow Annie to handle her blog as she deems fit.
First off, let me say that it is already an accomplishment for the blogger, and a debutant one at that, when so many readers are drawn to comment at Annie’s.
Nobody got anything to say
Allow me to make a comparison.
Blogger Anas Zubedy is promoting a project called #SaySomethingNice. His national unity campaigns get a lot of airplay in The J-Star.
I’ve collated below the comment count in Anas’ blog over the month of August (from the 1st of the month to current):
18 Aug 2013: ‘Shipping firm starts using new Arctic route – The STAR’ [0 comments]
16 Aug 2013: ‘Beyond the Surau Incident — the Values that Bind us” by Dr Chandra Muzaffar’ [0 comments]
16 Aug 2013: ‘Collect From Us Free #SaySomethingNice Posters – While stocks last!’ [0 comments]
13 Aug 2013: ‘Letter To The Editor: Ensuring Justice And The Rule Of Law – Yayasan 1Malaysia’ [0 comments]
11 Aug 2013: ’20s go-getters, 30s and 40s in lower gear By Goh Chin Lian And Andrea Ong – The STAR’ [0 comments]
10 Aug 2013: ‘The spark to make the grade: By Charis Ding – Ex Zubedyan now Teaching for Malaysia’ [0 comments]
10 Aug 2013: ’10 Life Lessons from Calvin & Hobbes’ [0 comments]
10 Aug 2013: ‘A Hikayat A Day this Aidilfitri’ [0 comments]
9 Aug 2013: ‘International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’ [0 comments]
4 Aug 2013: ‘Trio paints the best side of Malaysia to a ‘T’ by Tashny Sukumaran – The STAR’ [0 comments]
1 Aug 2013: ‘Have A Meaningful Aidilfitri – Monday in The STAR’ [0 comments]
The sampling above from Anas’s blog is compiled at 10.45pm.
And my point is …
For a half month over 11 postings, Anas Zubedy who is urging Malaysians “to say something NICE” elicited altogether zero comments in his blog.
If you look at the titles of Anas’s series of postings above, they are mostly “nice”, inspirational stuff and contain phrases like “the Values that Bind us”, “Ensuring Justice”, “10 Life Lessons”, “paints the best side of Malaysia”, etc.
Does his blog have readers, you might ask. Our discussion is pointless if Anas’ blog remains unread by the general public. Well, the answer is yes — Anas’ Alexa ranking, which is 16,510 in Malaysia, points to a so-so level of readership.
This is the first time I’ve looked up Annie’s blog ranking and I will confess that I am a tad surprised to find her occupying the 4,110th spot (a high position indeed!) To provide you a scale, my blog is at 2,443 and Rocky is at 1,879.
In a nutshell, Annie’s relatively new blog is a runaway success.
3Rs: Realistic, Rational, Reasonable
The secret of Annie’s success lies in that her blog is an antidote to The J-Star type hypocrisy like the Jerusubang paper’s lets-all-hold-hands Fast4Malaysia publicity stunt and other contrived ‘togetherness’ phony gimmickry.
It is utterly hypocritical for the MCA-owned newspaper to be calling for an end to race-based governance when The Star main editorial line-up itself is devoid of Malays except for one editor in charge of a monthly pullout on fashion, beauty and sambal tumis recipes.
The J-Star is in effect hoodwinking Malays with its honey trap. All the butter-won’t-melt-in-their-mouths platitudes are to lull the Malay vote bank and make it easier for the evangelistas to accomplish their agenda.
The J-Star‘s misrepresentation of the national mood and its constant push for the DAP 3.0 manufactured media icons is both disingenuously deceitful and duplicitously dangerous.
The more the DAP and their staunchest media backer The J-Star spin their Unity crap, the stronger will the racial-religious undercurrents flow beneath the ground.
Annie’s Anon commenter is concerned whether “perlukah kita membayar untuk kebebasan suatu hari nanti”, what with the “mencaci sesama manusia [kerana] berbeza bangsa dan agama apatah lagi warna kulit” that is going on.
The answer is to his question is ‘Yes’.
However suppression the kind of which he advocates, i.e. to hide the negativity behind false smiles, is equally a suppression of rational engagement and its concomitant — rational thought.
Rationality favours the ruling establishment. The opposition is all about the pie in the sky.
For Malaysians to behave in a more reasonable manner – and you can surely appreciate how important it is for everyone to be reasonable given our current sociopolitical climate – we have to be rational. To be rational, one has first to be realistic.
Annie’s reply to the Anon commenter is apt:
The DAP 3.0’s racism is adroitly camouflaged behind the tudung-wearing fetish, the liberally sprinkled “Insya’Allah” wishes and the surau-visiting missionary zeal.
Because Annie’s blog is a Dapster-magnet, she is giving them enough space to reveal their real selves. We really have to thank the indefatigable Annie for her national service.