Tun Dr Mahathir posted his first article on chedet.com at 1.27 am on 1 May 2008, one year ago.
His blog became an instant hit. chedet.com touched 1 million hits before its first month in the blogosphere. At one point (in mid-June 2008), due to overwhelming number of comments posted on chedet.com, the site host, blogger.com erroneously classified chedet’s blog as “suspected spam blog”.
Tun then transferred his blog to movable type, where it remains until today. Tun also moved from the trademark chedet.com to a slightly meek chedet.co.cc.
Chedet’s blog remains as the leading and most quoted blog in Malaysia. The Malaysian Insider, for example, loves to negatively spin Mahathir’s views as posted on chedet’s blog. Malaysia Today will simply cut and paste chedet’s articles and let its commentators to throw mud at Tun. I am sure those same commentators at The Malaysian Insider and Malaysia Today were also regular visitors at chedet’s blog. But they prefer to throw negative comments out of Mahathir’s sight. I am sure Tun would like to read the comments direct from his blog.
Unlike anwaribrahimblog.com, chedet’s blog would not unnecessarily block negative comments. I was told that Tun would personally read and approve all comments. I think the non-ICT savvy Brader Anwar Bin Ibrahim would leave it to his administrator to do all the work at Anwar's blog. Almost all my comments on anwaribrahimblog.com were blocked by its administrator.
I like to frequent chedet’s blog because Tun always discuss very current topics of interest. And Tun’s views were always thought provoking.
I hope our elder statesman will continue to share his views through the blogosphere.
Long live Tun Dr Mahathir!
(This is Jurublog’s 100th posting)