I know someone who started low with Pemuda, then made it to the Dewan Rakyat as a Member of Parliament before being appointed a Parliamentary Secretary before bcoming a full Minister. He was nice and okay then.
However, a Prime Minister aspirant now, he is getting snobbish. Many call him 'Menteri Sombong'. Maybe he got his own reasons but what I cant accept is when he regarded bloggers as 'insignificant' and 'cannot be trusted'. Wow!
I spoke to a few pro-government bloggers about it and they agreed that this guy should be sidelined and let him deal only with the mainstream media. He is a publicity-craze anyway as he calls for press conference mostly everyday and issuing statements with the hope of making it to front pages.
He doesnt take advise and doesnt listen to good words about how he should stay relevant - as a minister and an Umno leader. He got two deputies whom we seldom heard of, not in making statement nor in requesting for a press conference. Both are considered 'politically dead''.
This minister will appear in any dailies mostly everyday, even to announce something which a deputy secretary general of his ministry can attend to. Nobody else can find a space in the media. Its only him and him.
He made a few blunders but was neatly concealed with the help of friends and bloggers. He didnt impress much although he tries from time to time to create something to draw the public interest. Latest, I heard that one of his senior aides with the ministry is no more allowed to sign any letter while another is counting his days to be fired. His special officers, too got no work at all.
On behalf of my fellow bloggers, I would like to tell him that he should improve his knowledge about the importance of blogs in many countries and to many Presidents and Prime Ministers. In some countries, a team of bloggers are appointed to a special panel to assist the government in various aspects.
I am glad that our Prime Minister, his deputy and some ministers are running their own blogs and spend time meeting some pro-government bloggers once in a month or every two or three months, However, we treat this minister as a special case. Let us see whether he can make it to the pinnacle of his politics by ignoring the importance of blogs.
If you aspire to become a Prime Minister, you better work your way up, by yourself and by your nose.
After all, we bloggers are not so hard-up to have coffee with him!