I was in Kota Bharu on the weekend for a friend's funeral. I was quiet for 4 days, just reading postings on other blogs, about Najib's liberalisation of the services and financial sectors, about by-election in Penanti and other issues.
However, I was saddened by two things. First was the 'funeral' for Rashid Yusof who was supposed to be DPM's press-sec, and secondly was the 'war of bloggers' among some of my co-blogger friends.
Rashid was perhaps one of the most successful and professional journalists the New Straits Times had ever produced. Since joining NSTP in mid-1980s, he managed to placed himself at par with the seniors within a short period. Not many Malay journalists were able to match his credence at the time. Not me either.
When he left in early 2000, he joined several institutions before he was enticed by Khairy Jamaluddin for his ability but not his politics. That's when many friends who didnt like KJ started to sideline Rashid.
And just because he was the strategist who help KJ to win the Pemuda Umno chief during the party's general assembly on March 24-28, some good friends of his have become his 'enemies'. That's what some friends are!
When the news that DPM offered him the press-sec position, friends who hated his association with KJ had launched a 'campaign' to fail him... and they were very successful, indeed.
Rashid called me on Sunday, saying his children cried when Muhyiddin reversed his decision. As the only breadwinner for his big family, Rashid was of course tormented but there was nothing he could do. "My fate is in the hands of bloggers. I hope they are happy," he said.
I dont understand it. Those bloggers who battered him didnt know him at all. Only one or two were Rashid ex-mates at the NSTP. One Nyonya journalist was sharpest. This same Nyonya was the one 'anti-Mahathir' before becoming one of his supporters of late.
For this Nyonya, nothing about the government is right and good. Nothing about Mahathir, Pak Lah and Najib and Umno and BN was right. Comparatively, she's not as good as Rashid.
I felt so sorry for Rashid. However, I didnt agree with Muhyiddin to reverse his decision. Just because Rashid was once associated with KJ, and later on considered his job as 'done and over with', he was shot down. I guess DPM is anti-KJ too and will not endorse KJ. He must have hated everything about KJ and Rashid.
Maybe they hated all about KJ - his driver, his car, his cat, his pants, his shirts, his soap, his hair, his buttock... everything to the extent that whoever is close to him is considered as 'not good!'.
Then about this 'war' among some bloggers, my good friends as well.
Yooo, bro. Stop it laaaa!!! Not good to throw punches on the Net. Let's meet up and settle whatever the scores are...