Okay, here's the deal. There are some SoPo bloggers who have a nose for scoops. They are sniffers. Their exposes have helped to democratise and level the field of information dissemination.
Most of the stuff is raw. And, that's why we love it.
There are other SoPo bloggers (like me) who are plodders. We like to scratch our private parts and take our time to stare at scenery. And, when we do write, it is often prolix and painful to read.
But, being bloggers, we are collectively seen as an alternative medium to the conventional media.
I was pretty gobsmacked when I heard from Syed OutSyedTheBox that Rais was on the warpath against Rocky, Big Dog and Taikors & Taikuns for having the temerity to raise questions about his Ministry.
The first thought was, naturally, that I thought these bloggers were UMNO-BN-leaning types. Weren't they on the same side?
Upon reflection, these bloggers do have the "bad habit" of regularly questioning matters of poor governance in UMNO, BN and the Government.
How's that different from my blogging? Not much, actually. It's only a matter of the "hardness" of the bite (I wanted to say "degree of acerbity of vitriol". But, that would have put you to sleep).
So, my blogger buddies are being put through the wringer by Rais.
Rais has said that as a citizen, he has the right to lodge a police report against a perceived wrong against him.
That is true. All citizens have that right.
But, this is where Rais gets it wrong. Unlike us mere mortals Rais is a currently serving Federal Minister. Rais is a significant UMNO leader. Rais is part of the BN government. Rais is a politician. Rais has the power of the government.
That power has been used against Rocky and Big Dog.
Just by having the MCMC require these hapless bloggers to attend at the MCMC offices in Putrajaya already causes great distress. Having Rocky's "tool of trade", his beloved Ferrari, seized is equally distressing.
Over and above that, there is the threat of a charge to be framed against them. This will be costly at a personal and financial level.
Being in possession of a Ph.D in Law, Rais may recall the legal expression nemo judex in re causa sua which roughly translates into "a man may not be the judge of his own cause".
The MCMC being in his Ministry, Rais should have actively instructed the MCMC to refrain from investigating his own complaint.
He should have let the Police conduct the investigation.
But, if I were ever asked for any advice by Rais, his Ministry, the MCMC, UMNO or, BN (not that it will ever happen) on whether or not to lodge a complaint on the impugned blog postings, my reply would be the negative of the Nike tagline.
I would have said, "Just DON'T do it".
And, so, I will record here that I intend to register this blog as a willing participant in Bloggers for Malaysia.