Malaysiakini - My 'biggest mistake' was to sponsor Khairy's MyTeam ...
... so says Tony Fernandez, the AirAsia man.
Fernandez said his airline's sponsorship of Malaysian potential football talent, involving Khairy Jamaluddin's MyTeam, had unfortunately and unjustifiably led to rumours that Khairy, the noted SIL, owned a 40% stake in AirAsia.
Naturally Fernandez repudiated those wild rumours, and went on to show how he had lost out to MAS on two separate contracts (one with DRM-Hicom and the other, Defence), adding graciously, in a proper and fair competition ... which he asserted AirAsia shouldn't if he really had the contacts or association with the Fourth Floor, as alleged.
Leaving all the above aside, kaytee read something in his interview with Malaysiakini that had me nodding my head ;-)
Fernandez lamented that the result of all the wild allegations and irresponsible rumours have been due to a 'vicious' community of bloggers who merely hentam him without checking out facts or appraising his company objectively, (presumably) based on the allegation of his 'association' with SIL.
He said: “It's guilt by association. I'm ‘collateral damage’, aren't I? There's just a vicious community of bloggers out there who just spout hate. I've tried to engage them. I've even invited them here.”
“They're willing to bash me and use racial slurs. There's one good thing, though, and that's they've called me fat. So now I'm motivated to be thin! When I read the blogs, I see, ‘Hey Fatso!' But I'm going to show you I can be thin!”
... with Fernandez laughing at his own 'resolve'.
Aiyah, Tony, I saw Kenny Sia getting the same 'vicious' treatment.
Thus, I agree with Fernandez's description of that particular community of bloggers as 'VICIOUS'. He has used a most appropriate word to label their mindless mentality.
If you want to witness their particular brand of vile vulgar viciousness, just read the comments in places like Malaysian Insider and the website of my good blogging mate, Susan Loone.
Admittedly not all comments at Susan's or Malaysian Insider's have been vicious, with some being rather constructive and enlightening. But those who commented in the manner that Fernandez and Kenny Sia had experienced, had been like bloodlust-driven piranhas, posting nasty comments as if they were in a feeding frenzy. I even suspect that they might have been trying to outdo each other in their viciousness.
Once I discussed this with Susan and ..... wakakaka ... sorry, our conversation has to be classified ;-)
There's no brain power involved in their vile comments ... just mindless vicious reactions to anyone they don't like or whom they see as against their political views or ideology. Those piranhas disgust me with their guttersnipe remarks.
In the blogosphere or even a kopitiam kongsamkok (omong kosong), it's perfectly alright to disagree, debate, argue intellectually, even heatedly, but piranha-ish mob-rule mentality shouldn't be allowed to prevail.
It's the sort of mad mob mentality that saw the derailing of Apcet II. Maybe Dr Syed Husin can still recall (assuming now he still wants to) the frenzied shameful hooliganism demonstrated at that international event. For more, read my Who was in charge when Apcet II was attacked by thugs?
Penangites would describe their remarks as 'cheen chnea tork' (extremely poisonous)
You know something? I am glad the pollies those piranhas are supporting aren't the ruling party yet. It's frightening that these people can be worse than even the current mob in power.