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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Will the real Shahrir Samad please stand up?

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May I have your attention please?
May I have your attention please?
Will the real Slim Shady Shahrir Samad please stand up?
I repeat, will the real Slim Shady Shahrir Samad please stand up?
We're gonna have a problem here..

(original lyrics by Eminem here)

Image taken from, hosting by PhotobucketDon't get Walski wrong. Although politics is like the cesspool of life - it's the scum that usually rise to the top - there are a few exceptional politicians that Walski respects, and Shahrir Samad happens to be one of them.

And apparently the good MP for Johor Bharu has started to blog - again (hat-tip to Nuraina, via Rocky). Or has he?

Immediately after reading Nuraina's post, Walski went and took a look-see at Datuk Shahrir's new blog, Shahrir Samad. Walski knew almost immediately that it wasn't Shahrir blogging, but someone else, on his behalf.

Perhaps a blog-master, hired by Datuk Shahrir, or perhaps an ardent fan of his... who knows.

The first big tip-off: the blogger's profile, right at the top of the blog. Walski doesn't know of many people who would address themselves as Yang Berhormat, or YB (Bahasa Malaysia, meaning Right Honorable). It's usually other people that would address him as such. Like someone hired to operate his blog.

Another very apparent hint that it's not Shahrir blogging is the fact that none of the posts so far look like anything written in the first person. Granted, Walski writes in the third person, as do some other bloggers out there, but it is Walski that writes, not someone else. And it's usually quite easy to tell.
(more third-personal thoughts, in the full post)

Contrast Shahrir Samad's blog with another politician's blog: Lim Kit Siang's, and you'll know what Walski means.

Well, be that as it may, Walski will echo the feelings of many whom have commented on the new Shahrir Samad blog - it would be nice to read his own thoughts for a change. As it is, the blog looks like a clone of the earlier Shahrir Samad blog, Shahrir-UMNO. What's the point of having a blog, if it's for no other reason than self-promotion, via C&P postings? Walski's very sure that Datuk Shahrir has lots of real and valuable thoughts to share with the masses. Personal thoughts, and not echoes of tired party-line babblings, or news that's not really news anymore. Walski will coin a new term for this, and call it olds.

So, Walski will repeat this one last time: Will the real Shahrir Samad please stand up?