Update 10.25pm: As Unspun predicted the backlash has begun. Just look at the comments to Indonesian news portal detik.com’s posting on Nila. They are overwhelmingly, save one person, critical of Malaysia and the TV station that terminated Nila. I am so embarassed by Tengku and the MTB and so should most Malaysians.
I am posting this from my mobile so it is going to be brief. My sister sms’d me this afternoon saying that the DG of the Malaysian Tourism Board wrote to The Star today saying that Indonesian blogger Nila Tanzil was out of line with her requests. The implication is that they were professional and she lied.
This is unfair and presposterous to blame the troubles of a department and minister on one lone blogger.
At this stage what Nila said is no longr the issue. The real issue is the behavior of the Tourism Minister and the MTB who dug their own holes by being in denial and pissing off all bloggers, especially women bloggers.
Now they are trying to shift the blame on to an Indonesian blogger. What will happen instead is that they will piss off all Indonesian bloggers.
As a Malaysian I apologize to all Indonesian bloggers for the stupidity and obtuseness of my country’s leaders and civil servants. Goblok bener!