Rais urged local public relations practitioners use blogs to compete with local bloggers who spin stories on all sorts of issues. “If others can spin, why can’t we?” he asked.
Yes, it is true that some bad ministers need more spin doctors to cover up their mess and mischief. The problem is we (Malaysians) are paying for both.
The sad part is some issues cannot be spinned regardless of how big the paychecks these spin doctors are getting.
We have helped the federal government to foot more than RM20 million for spin doctors. But there is nothing these high flier and fat paychecks spin doctors can do about the slide in the nation's economic competitiveness, corruption, education, skilled labour force and other relevant indices.
P. Gunasegaram opines: No sir, Minister. We don’t need better spin doctors.We need better information, communications, and yes, culture, too, in all the things that we do.
There is nothing these spin doctors can do to undo the PKFZ financial disaster. Can they spin off the losses and financial liability faced by the people?
There is nothing these spin doctors turned bloggers can do to demonize the 'real' bloggers if they merely asked for accountability and transparency over a number of issues e.g. VK Lingam, Teoh Beng Hock custodial death, Altantuya murder, PI Bala testimony, questionable privatisation projects, land grab scandals, Penan women rape cases, deaths in detention, the AG's report on financial misappropriations and others.
We do not need more spin doctors but ministers with better senses and intelligence. Ministers who are clean, transparent, efficient and honest do not need these spin doctors to win a few additional votes or to stay in power.
The 'real' bloggers will voluntarily promote good governance and good leaders. Why pay when you can get it for free?