Home Sweet Home For Dr M + Triumph For Blogging

Posted: October 21, 2007 in Blogging and Democracy, Malaysia, Society

<“Malaysiakini”> reported today that after almost 47 days after his second coronary bypass operation done in early September, our former prime minister was finally allowed to go home and recuperate in his own environment. The days and months surrounding his operation has not been as easy one for his family or the people of Malaysia who waited patiently as he went through his operation and watched his progress slowly but surely. His daughter, Marina has been diligent and kind in reporting to the masses online about her dad’s progress throughout the ordeal. From snapshots of the great man, pictures or drawings of well-wishers and simple commentaries of what Dr M ate or how much he has walked, <“Marina”>did a great job in alerting the public on her dad’s well being. I believe that blogs have truly introduced something really new to the world, especially to Malaysia.

For the first time, we didn’t really have to wonder if all the reports we actually true. Perhaps the PR person at IJN was writing reports which were accurate no doubt but we might not feel the same credibility we felt as we read <“Marina”> blog. It was like a personal insight into what was happening to Dr.M. It truly makes you feel like part of the big family, the fact that Marina took the trouble to update her blog practically every day with news of her dad is amazing. Believe me, blogging everyday and updating is not an easy task especially if you have other responsibilities like taking care of your kids,your home, your job..the list goes on. Marina’s blog also ensured that people knew what was happening and rumors didn’t fly loose although in the beginning they were some nasty rumors that hurt the family so the existence of this postings kept the fire burning and people stop guessing but really knowing what was up!

Most importantly I feel that <“Marina”>blog has achieved so much since she started blogging about her dad in early September. Firstly, for once the mainstream media are actually quoting and using pictures from a blog despite earlier claims on how unreliable blogs are, bloggers being liars, not credible enough to be quoted, especially the part about how bloggers are mostly women and unemployed!!! But this time around when the mainstream media started quoting from Marina’s blog it was amazing, it was as though the mainstream media had taken a fresh look at the potential of blogs and their credibility as a source of news. A one-up for bloggers throughout the country!

Secondly, Marina blogging about her dad introduced us to Dr. M not so much as the former Prime Minister but as an ordinary man…a father….a grandfather…a husband…..The words that she used, the pictures that she displayed brought us closer to get to know the man behind the news reports on the mainstream media, the man behind this huge post and leading in the country…. It brought us all much closer to who Dr.M was inside……(esp for those of us who do not know Dr.M personally!) It guess to a certain extent it made us realize that Dr.M was just like anyone of us, although some of us might feel like he is way up there and impossible to reach, some sort of a celebrity I’d say. But blogging has showed us that Dr. M is truly reachable, as we got to know him through Marina’s postings. I’d sure love to see Dr.M blogging once he gets back on his feet, it be great to see how a great mind thinks. I guess I also feel that when I see great academics and philosopher’s writing their own blogs, you kindda feel so amazed that you can experience first hand what they feel and think rather than read it in some book alone or conference, news reports etc.

As Marina said, I hope that people who have started reading her blog will continue to do so and will cultivate an interest to read more blogs and perhaps blogs themselves. Blogging is time consuming no doubt,but worth every minute of it. It is not easy to continuously update your blog diligently but it is a task worthwhile. Well, that’s all for now. Need to finish my assignment and start studying!!! In the meanwhile do check out <“Marina”> for more updated information on her dad, Malaysiakini also has a report on him.

  1. julian says:

    Good point. One of the defining features of a blog is that it is a ‘direct line’ from the blogger to the audience. But that’s not enough to make it influential – I reckon that the other important factor here is that Marina is who she is: i.e. a public figure in her own right, and also the daughter of Dr. M. So she can be ‘safely’ used as a source for the MSM.

  2. cherwith says:

    yes Julian its also plays a vital part that she is who she is….But nevertheless it still a start for all us hopefuls..eheheh..who knows the might quote you one of these days. In time perhaps we be able to quote academically from blogs!

  3. Matt says:


    I am contacting you because I am working with the authors of a book about blogs, and I’d like to request permission to use a photograph of yours in this book. Please contact me at matt@wefeelfine.org, and I’d be happy to give you more information about the project. Please paste a link to your blog in the subject field. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.



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