Posted by wetbenang at Friday, March 16, 2007
DUMB, DUMBER, DUMBEST - PART II
Today The Star carried a clarification by Tourism Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor on the remarks he made last week on women bloggers, which is further proof that he is suffering from a "gone-case" bout of foot-in-the-mouth disease.
Read this excerpt:
Adnan: I didn't mean all women
'I was referring to Indon journalist'
KUALA LUMPUR: Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has clarified that he did not label all women bloggers as liars.
He said his statement was specifically made in reference to an Indonesian journalist who wrote in her blog about the ministry's inefficiency.
Tengku Adnan said he loved "all women" and he was "here because of a woman."
"In fact, most of my supporters in my constituency are women," he said.
(For the uninitiated, you may want to check out Nila Tanzil to understand what this was all about in the first place.)
Ohhhh. Not all women bloggers are liars, he now says, only Nila Tanzil. What an insult to our intelligence! What an insult to all women, including the one who's responsible for his being "here". And what an insult to Nila Tanzil. If were her, I would be hopping mad by now. And then get even. You know, tit-for-tat.
I don't understand why the Minister couldn't be graceful about the whole thing and accept Nila's observation as constructive criticism, and try to do things differently (and better) in the future. That would have been a princely thing to do, kan? We all learn from our mistakes. We are not perfect. But no, he chose to shove his foot deeper into his mouth.
I liaise a lot with people representing his Ministry, and "efficient" is not the first thing that would come to my mind when dealing with them. If I were to tell, their tales alone would need at least 831 postings.
OK, I exaggerate. But I'm afraid if Nila Tanzil were to pursue the matter further, this could turn into an embarassing diplomatic row.
But then, it's not like we're not used to being mortified by the words and actions of our leaders, kan?