THE Malaysian blogosphere is entering the election fray, with bloggers reporting that they had met up to discuss their strategies and the candidates they would endorse.
MAN ON A MISSION: Mr Badrul Hisham (second from right) meeting residents of Rembau constituency. He says he wants to prevent the rise of a dynasty in Malaysia. — PHOTO: WWW.CHEGUBARD.BLOGSPOT.COM
There are also blogger-politicians who have declared online their plans to take on the ruling coalition.
One of them is Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader Badrul Hisham Shaharin, who says he is challenging Mr Khairy Jamaluddin, Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s son-in-law, in the general election to prevent the rise of a dynasty in Malaysia.
The PKR supreme council member said he will run against the Umno Youth deputy chief in any seat.
Mr Khairy is one of five people nominated by the Rembau Umno division to run for the Rembau parliamentary seat in Negeri Sembilan.
Mr Badrul Hisham was quoted by blogger Ahirudin Attan as saying: ‘I told myself that someone must try and stop this attempt to form a dynasty in the Malaysian government. If there’s someone better to do it, I’ll step aside and let that someone contest against the dynasty. If not, I’ll do it.’
In an open letter to Mr Khairy in cyberspace last month, Mr Badrul Hisham, who is known as che’GuBard in the blogosphere, said: ‘The public also knows how you (Khairy) have used your close relationship with the Prime Minister…
‘You must have realised that your father-in-law is the weakest Prime Minister the country has ever had, and this weakness has been fully utilised for personal gains.’ – The Straits Times