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I don't wish to write about this particular politician on my blog anymore. Really. The guy may have sent the cops to my home a while ago for something I wrote but that's the downside of what I do. Sometimes I get sued and sometimes I get invited to Bukit Aman. No sweat. I've given this politician enough publicity he doesn't need in return.
But this thing over a police report lodged against a stupid tweet of a young Malaysian, Umair al-Zubair, upset by Information Minister Rais Yatim's decision to cancel Erykah Badu's concert is really stupid, if you ask me. Maybe the cancellation of the concert won't dent the country's image, but the police report lodged by a politician against a tweet is excessive and extreme, and it will dent something. The minute the police detains the young man, the image of the police takes a beating. And rightly or wrongly, the image of the government will take a beating along with the police's.
This is not the first time a BN politician has lodged a police report against the social media since Najib Razak took over from a cyberspace-unfriendly Prime Minister. Rais himself has dragged bloggers to the courts to settle matters. Ironically, he is the Minister in charge of the social media and blogs.
Stupid is as stupid does.