Blogger-friendly Ministers. The last time Azalina spoke about blogging, on Feb 22, she was in one foul mood ["Azalina slams bloggers"]. Now that she's been transferred to the Tourism Minister, we don't know what will happen of the Umno cybertrooppers that were under her orders.
In any case, her successor at Youth and Sports Minister, Ismail Sabri Yaacob, is quickly defining himself as a blogger-friendly minister, after Information Minister Shabery Cheek spoke last week of a desire to meet and listen to bloggers. Ismail Sabri's "Ministry to set up blog to be close to youths".
Shabery, who was meeting journalists at the National Press Club last Friday night, had a brief word with me. He repeated what I had read in the papers, about really wanting to meet bloggers. I congratulated the Minister for his forthrightness but also told him that:
"I'm the protem President of the All-Blogs, yes, but I don't control the bloggers."
I gave TV9 an interview last night on the subject (Haris Ibrahim, Melvin Mah and Anu aka Galadriel also spoke to the reporter).
I also spoke to AFP on the phone on the same issue, in which I said: "We welcome the government's move to engage bloggers but we are not in a hurry to meet them." Read the whole AFP story HERE.