It would be interesting if we can analyse and perhaps observe the 'active'-ness of our elected representative on online-interaction compared to the opposition. It would be better if we could substantiate the substance of the online interaction between our leaders and the public versus to the opposition and the public.
Evidently, the blogosphere are dominated by the opposition canvassing for support online even before the last general election but perhaps if we stand united on cyber-space, we too can dominate the blogosphere but how many of us would take that initiative (to interact online without fear or favour) without any budget, sponsor, angpaw or recognition..... just wondering. Some of our elected representative just simply do not bother to own a blog or interact with the public on cyber.
Do not underestimate the influence of cyber politics.
I am currently compiling the list of opposition on facebook and blogs (starting with their youth exco) but I thought it would be interesting to first note which of our cabinet Ministers are online via facebook and took the initiative to own and update regularly their blog.
So again.. another long walk down the cyber alley and I stopped by the respective elected representative's cyber home aka Facebook (FB) and their blog.... luckily there are no dogs in cyber home, otherwise I would have been chased endlessly.
Surprisingly, most of our cabinet Ministers do own a cyber house (eg webpages, blog etc) but some.. must have over-spend on their 'real house' without anymore budget for a cyber home (although really.. it doesnt cost them a single sen)... or maybe their cyber home is so well guarded that i just cant find them.
After a long journey, I noted as follows:
Both our Prime Minister and his deputy has a Facebook (FB) account:
Malaysia Prime Minister: YAB Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak (see: PM FB, PM Blog)
Deputy Prime Minister (& Education Minister): YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (see: DPM FB)
Minister in the Prime Minister Department
All the four Ministers and 2 Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department as follows are without any Facebook or Blog:
Minister- Unity Affair & Performance Management: Dr Koh Ksu Koon
Minister in charge of Law & Parliament: Nazri Aziz
Minister- Economic Planning Unit: Nor Mohamed Yaakop
Minister Islamic Affair: Major Gen Jamil Khir Baharom
Dep Minister: Liew Vui Keong
Dep Minister: Senator Dr Mashitah Ibrahim
3 Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister Department own only an FB account without any Blog.
Dep Minister: SK Devamany (see: SK FB)
Dep Minister: Ahmad Maslan (see Ahmad's FB)
Dep Minister: Senator T Murugiah (see: Murugiah FB)
In conclusion, only the Prime Minister owns a blog. The Deputy Prime Minister and 3 deputy Ministers out of the 9 Ministers & Deputies owns only a Facebook account.
Other Cabinet Ministers on FB and Blogs are listed as follows:
Finance Minister 2: Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Chor Chee Heong (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Senator Dr Awang Adek Hussin (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Wee Ka Siong (see: Wee FB)
Dep Minister: Puad Zarkashi (see: Puad FB - but Dormant)
Transport Minister: Ong Tee Keat (see: Ong FB)
Dep Minister: Abdul Rahim Bakri (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Robert Lau Hoi Chew (see: NO FB, Lau Blog)
Agriculture Development and Commodities Minister: Bernard Dompok (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Hamzah Zainuddin (No FB, No Blog)
Home Affair Minister: Hishamuddin Tun Hussein (see: Hisham's FB)
Dep Minister: Abu Seman Yusop (see NO FB, Abu Blog)
Dep Minister: Jelaing Mersat (No FB, No Blog)
Information, Communication, Arts and Culture Minister: Rais Yatim (see: Rais FB)
Dep Minister: Joseph Salang Gandum (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Senator Heng Seai Kie (No FB, No Blog)
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister: Peter Chin Fah Kui (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Noriah Kasnon (No FB, No Blog)
Rural Development & Territories Minister: Shafei Apdal (see: NO FB, Shafei Blog)
Dep Minister: Hassan Malek (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Joseph Entulu Belaun (No FB, No Blog)
Higher Education Minister: Khaled Nordin (see: Khaled FB, Khaled Blog)
Deputy Minister: Dr Hou Kok Chung (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Saifuddin Abdullah (see: Saifuddin FB, Saifuddin Blog)
Minister of International Trade & Industry: Mustapa Mohamad (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Mukhriz Mahathir (see: Mukhriz FB, Mukhriz Blog)
Dep Minister: Jacob Dungau Sagan (No FB, No Blog)
Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation: Dr Maximus Ongkili (see: Maximus FB)
Dep Minister: Fadillah Yusof (No FB, No Blog)
Minister of Tourism: Ng Yen Yen (see: NO FB, Dr NG Blog)
Dep Minister: Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abdul Taib (No FB, No Blog)
Minister of Agriculture: Noh Omar (see: Noh FB, Noh Blog)
Dep Minister: Johari Baharom (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Rohani Abdul Karim (see Rohani FB, Rohani Blog)
Minister of Defense: Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Abdul Latif Ahmad (No FB, No Blog)
Minister of Works: Shaziman Abu Mansor (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Yong Khoon Seng (No FB, No Blog)
Minister of Health: Liow Tiong Lai (see: No FB, Liow Blog)
Dep Minister: Rosnah Rashid Shilin (see: Rosnah FB)
Minister of Youth & Sports: Ahmad Shabery Cheek (see no FB, Shabery Blog)
Dep Minister: Razali Ibrahim (see: Razali FB, Razali Blog)
Dep Minister: Wee Jeck Seng (see: No FB, Wee Blog)
Minister of Human Resource: Dr S Subramaniam (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Maznah Mazlan (No FB, No Blog)
Minister of Domestic Trade & Consumer Affair: Ismail Sabri Yaakob (see: Ismail FB )
Dep Minister: Tan Lian Hoe (see: Tan FB)
Minister of Housing: Kong Cho Ha (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Miniser: Lajim Ukin (see: Lajim FB)
Minister of Women, Family & Society Development: Senator Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (see: Shahrizat FB, No Blog)
Deputy Minister; Senator Chew Mei Fun (see: No FB, Chew Blog)
Foreign Minister: Anifah Aman (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Senator A Kohilan Pillay (No FB, No Blog)
Dep Minister: Senator Lee Chee Leong (No FB, No Blog)
Federal Territories Minister: Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin (see: RNC FB, RNC Blog)
Dep Minister: M Saravanan (see: no FB, Sara Blog)
From the long journey.. I can only conclude, despite our cabinet minister's busy schedule, there are some Ministers that do take their own personal initiative to be 'connected' on cyber but some... really sucks! So much has been invested on technology and IT infrastructure and various policies has been introduced to make Malaysian an IT savvy and Malaysia as an IT hub... but if our own cabinet ministers are not even connected online........ ?
or perhaps Malaysian politicians are a train orator with pre-prepared text written by... special officers? Polsec? private sec? .......hehe.. no offense but I kind of like a quotient written by (cant remember) which say: "Legends are not born.. they are written"... such is the power of writing.
Lets make do and support our politician whom are well 'connected' and accessible anytime via the cyber and if we have time... maybe attend some of the ceramah(s) by the less IT savvy Politician as a show of support..... until then, Stay Tune for the list of opposition 'online'.. which may take a longer time since I have to find out who they are and also due to endless work schedule.. must also cari makan la......