Malaysia's ex-PM Mahathir Mohamad launches blog

Malaysia's ex-prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday launched his own blog, becoming the latest among many politicians who are crowding cyberspace to air their views.

Malaysia's ex-PM Mahathir Mohamad launches blog
The 81-year-old Mahathir's first entry questioned the move to appoint an independent commission to appoint judges, recently announced by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

"He has been mulling over this for several weeks and he has now decided to go ahead with it," Mahathir's aide Sufi Yusoff said.

In his introductory note on the blog, www.chedet.com, Mahathir said the site was "dedicated to publishing my writings as and when I am able to pen my thoughts and opinion." "Che Det" is Mahathir's nickname as a child and his pen name.

Mahathir has emerged as Abdullah's harshest critic since the ruling Barisan Nasional government coalition suffered its worst-ever results in March 8 polls that left five states and a third of parliamentary seats in opposition hands.

In his post, Mahathir said the constitution would have to be amended before a commission could appoint judges, which would require a two-thirds majority in parliament, which the government doesn't have.

Mahathir's foray into the blogosphere follows similar moves by opposition leaders, most prominent among them Lim Kit Siang from the Democratic Action Party, who was one of the first politicians to harness blogs and Web sites to reach voters.

Abdullah has admitted that his biggest mistake in the recent disastrous elections was to ignore cyber-campaigning.

After the polls, many government lawmakers started their own blogs as an outlet to express their views and interact with constituents.

Mahathir has been known for his passion for writing and has written several books including the Malay Dilemma published in 1970.

He now joins his daughter, Paduka Marina who has been blogging a few years with her www.Rantings.com blog.

Agencies


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