A friend SMS me about UMNO's new Information Chief, Dato Ahmad Maslan's comment that as the Bernama report reads, 60,000 UMNO Info Workers Don't Understand Their Responsibility. For reactions, read Tunku here and Jelapang here. (Update 10:00 PM: Additional read by Small Talk here and Nobisha here.)
This revelation of an open secret means a lot of thing. Since I am still recovering from a swollen right wrist and practically blogging left handed, I can't write at length and have to be brief. The questions are basically:
WTF have they been doing about this?Let me open another open secret.
WTF appointed these blurred bunch of idiots?
WTF took them so long to realise?
WTF allowed such thing to happen?
UMNO survive out of mostly the volunteers, sympathisers, and machinery outside the UMNO organisational structure. In other words outside Gurkhas.
Unlike the opposition, UMNO members are not generally true members and real activist. UMNO is dependent on outsiders rather than within themselves. A simple thing of putting up posters are done by paid contractors, who could be opposition sympathisers, and not they themselves doing it!
There is generally a lackadaisical attitude towards UMNO within UMNO, be it the position holders or members. I wonder why they become members in the first place? It is the people outside that actually love and sacrifice for UMNO. Generally, not the one in.
The latest thing happening is bloggers are sought after to help. Looks like bloggers who support UMNO are depended to do work which is supposed to be their work.
Imagine, Bloggers who pay to own their computers, Internet account, and travelling expenses to blog on their personal interest are expected and depended upon to give them prominence? To give them coverage? To do their talking? To do their warfare? Where the duck is UMNO and their claimed 3.2 million members? What are they doing with their deep resources, wide network, and paid personnel?
For UMNO specifically, buck up! Do your work yourself! Stop depending on others to do your political work! Your political machineries must be within your organisation and not outside. Otherwise, do a motion-of-no-confidence to throw out all those position holders, salaried workers, and even those members!
Off late, particularly after the General Election, there have been many attention given to bloggers to seek for assistance to disseminate information.
On the event day of BUM 2009, I say that that is what bloggers should not be doing. Bloggers are independent individuals who should freely blog to express and share their thoughts and viewpoint with honesty and clarity.
They are supposed to be indendent, critical thinking and fairminded but they are not supposed to be told what to pursue and not pursue. They are not somebody else's mouthpiece and to pursue subject of their own interest. We are not supposed to waste our space, bloody air time, and traffic of readers to be only doing the bidding for UMNO or PKR or PAS or BN or DAP.
Now when it is too late only UMNO realised. Prior to General Election 2008, bloggers were called so many names by UMNO leaders - Penembak Curi, irrelevent housewife and unemployed, goblog, etc., now they are sucking our knee cap for our help and cooperation.
Lately, many disparate groups seemed to be established to undertake this task of cyber warfare. Some wish to be the master strategist for the endeavour. Some organising information dissemination session. Since weeks after GE12, I was already invited to a closed group for discussion.
The strange and common thing about all these attempts are that all those talking, analysing, strategising, attending, and organising know nuts of blogging. I wonder if they even have an e-mail.
Thus, if they know nuts about what we are doing and what is happening in blogosphere, please SHUT UP! STOP TALKING AND DO MORE LISTENING! If you guys are reading me, let me tell yawl this ... "YOU GUYS ARE DOING THE WRONG THING!"
Since yawl are so into bloggers now, let tell yer that as usual, UMNO is "A CASE OF JOHNNY COME LATELY!"