My previous posting 'Pro-Umno but not pro-BN' met mixed reaction from fellow bloggers. About 30 of them called me on my mobile, expressing different views regarding the matter, including some who were dejected with my 'accusation'.
However, those 'fellow bloggers' who criticised me for writing the post were not able to answer my simple question - "are you anti-MCA?"
I also received text messages from unknown numbers, avowing their disagreement with me and questioned my integrity as a 'pro-Umno' journo-blogger. What? Integrity? What integrity? Sorry pals, it got nothing to do with integrity. It is all about where we stand!
My downright standpoint is, we are all working for Barisan Nasional, irrespective of whether we are in Umno, MCA, MIC, Gerakan or other component parties. As these parties will contest under the 'dacing' logo, we should work more for BN and not on any selected party.
Yes, there were choppy incidents involving Umno, MCA and others but the spirit of cooperation within BN had manage to settle it. BN is our body and as such, we must take care of every inch of it, and not by badmouthing each other openly to the delight of the opposition.
When small row is thrown out of proportion, and when domestic unfounded allegation finds its way to our blog and other media, some of us are so fond of jumping on the bandwagon to whack our buddies in the BN.
To my simple mind, there is only Barisan Nasional we should take care of, and anything about BN that matters most, we must feel the obligation to defend whoever are at the top, rationally and factually.
Doesn't matter if Najib, Soi Lek or Palanivel produces bloopers within their speeches or comments, we must be ready to correct it with our balancing act. As such, nobody (especially on the opposition bench) would notice the blunder.
For instance, when one or two ex-Star staff spread lies about the English daily being pro-opposition, some of us are so happy to take the cue from them and add more substance to the lies and propaganda to condemn it further.
Those ex-staff are sourgrapes, holding grudges against their former bosses for getting the boot and not getting what they wanted. These people knew very well that The Star is always with BN and will never sway towards the opposition.
But some bloggers enjoy the trump in hitting out at The Star, MCA, Soi Lek and other non-Umno leaders in BN, let alone trying to defend their statements.
When Soi Lek lambasted PAS-led Kelantan government over hudud and the syariah law, some pro-Umno bloggers battered him without analysing what he actually meant. Instead, they hammered him bluntly, calling him names and describing him as anti-Islam.
And each time The Star gives a small space to opposition news, the newspaper and its whole editorial team are labelled as anti-government. In fact, a senior minister used to accused editor-in-chief Wong Chun Wai of being a 'communist' before summoning him for an hour 'friendly talk' earlier this year.
So, that's how the opposition gets their source of news - from us, pro-Umno bloggers. We provide them with a good news platform to shoot back at us and our ruling party. Is this a wise way of helping BN wins the 13th national poll?
I better not comment further on this matter but I do hope my fellow bloggers - whether they are pro-Umno, pro-MCA, pro-MIC or pro-Gerakan - must look at this issue from a very special perspective.
Our common enemy is Pakatan Rakyat, isn't it right?
As general election draws near, we still got time to re-strategise our approach in dealing with the opposition. The ball is at your feet, and whichever direction you want to kick it, please look at who the 'goalkeeper' is!