March 14, 2009
Some of visitors of this blog have complained to me that I do not write enough and in stead, I rely on “cut and paste” approach to blogging. One particular person recently– and hence the reason for this note–reminded me of it. Yes, no doubt I cut and paste.
In defense of myself, I would like to say, firstly, that I am not a journalist who is constantly covering stories, events and incidents. Even if I were, I would not have the time and energy to be at all places on any given time. Secondly, the postings I make are carefully selected to reflect the news and comments of quality that impact on my work at the Office of Anwar Ibrahim, KeADILan de facto Leader and Member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh cum Opposition Leader. I constantly monitor reports and mainstream media spin on our political struggle and our activities, and try through this blog to explain our position on various issues affecting the politics of our country.
If you are looking for a truly independent stance from me, you have every reason to be disappointed. I am totally committed to Parti KeADILan Rakyat/Pakatan Rakyat’s quest for freedom, democracy, justice and good governance. And I make no apologies for that.
Writing an “original” piece requires time for research and constant checking of sources and information. I do not have the luxury for that because I operate this blog alone. To compensate for not being able to write my own pieces–I do write from time to time–I make comments on almost all the postings I make to start a discussion,or to respond to the views expressed by some interesting and smart people to take time to share their views with us on this blog. While some readers do not like what I do, I have reason to believe that most people (from the 1.6 million hits I get since I started this blog in November, 2007) understand my constraints. Please continue to visit my blog and look for my comments which are at times of sufficient length. I also welcome your comments too.—Din Merican
Here is my posting of a Youtube coverage of Opposition Leader and Member for Permatang Pauh Anwar Ibrahim’s Speech (in Bahasa Malaysia) in Parliament in response to Najib’s rm60 billion stimulus package. A transcript of that speech was on my blog earlier.
Anwar Ibrahim, Member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh and Opposition Leader