Dr MM blogging too

Even bloggers now include politicians. Referring to an article published in TODAY newspaper, former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has created a blogsite. Here’s the article from TODAY.

How Dr M got his groove: Blogging
Ex-PM is newest politician to use Web to spread views KUALA LUMPUR – Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad started his own blog yesterday, joining a growing band of politicians who are using the Internet to spread their views. In keeping with his vehement criticism of successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Dr Mahathir’s first post questioned the government’s recent decision to set up an independent commission to appoint judges. During his 22-year tenure from 1981 to 2003, Dr Mahathir was criticised for suppressing press freedom and clamping down on dissenting voices through strict laws. In his introductory note on the blog, www.chedet.com, the former Premier said the site was “dedicated to publishing my writings as and when I am able to pen my thoughts and opinion”. “Che Det” was Dr Mahathir’s nickname as a child and his pen name. In his post, Dr Mahathir said the Constitution would have to be amended before a commission could appoint judges, which would require a two-third majority in Parliament, which the government does not have. His foray into the blogosphere follows similar moves by opposition leaders – the most prominent among them is Mr Lim Kit Siang of the Democratic Action Party, who was one of the first politicians to harness blogs and websites to reach voters. Mr Abdullah has admitted that his biggest mistake in the recent disastrous elections was to ignore cyber-campaigning. It was not clear what prompted Dr Mahathir to start his blog. But it could have been spurred by the fact that the mainstream media may be ignoring his bitterly critical remarks about Mr Abdullah. Mr Ahiruddin Atan, one of Malaysia’s most prominent blogger, lauded Dr Mahathir’s blog yesterday, saying: “Blogosphere will never be the same again.” — AGENCIES.

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