Welcome!

…. to the Bloggers United Malaysia Gathering 2007 page where you will find all the information that you need on this event! The theme we’ve chosen is Embrace & Engage. Well, that’s the whole objective of the gathering – to embrace the blogging phenomenon in Malaysia and to engage it by blogging (for those who haven’t yet).

Embrace & Engage

Further details below.

Name
Bloggers United Malaysia Gathering 2007 – Embrace and Engage
An event in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May

Date
19th May 2007

Time
6.00pm – 11.00 pm.

  • Forum: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Drinks: 8.00pm – 8.30pm
  • Buffet: 8.30pm – 11.00pm

Venue
The Lake View Club
Lot 3606, SS12/1, Subang Jaya
47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Malaysia
Tel: +603 3733-8342

The club also has a prayer room available for use. Fits 8 persons max.

Transport details here.

Attire
Smart casual

Speakers
We have confirmed attendance by Jeff Ooi, Marina Mahathir, Tony Pua, Tian Chua and R. Nadeswaran (of Citizen Nades fame) and Sonia Randhawa (executive director of the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia). Ahirudin Attan (Rocky) will be a special speaker.

What to expect
Each panellist will share their thoughts based on their field of activity, expertise and experience, for 8 to 10 minutes each.

They will spend the last 2-3 minutes of their speech on stating if they agree OR disagree with the following
statement:

That the media environment under the present Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration is more open and liberal compared to the previous administration under Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Special speaker Rocky will speak on the National Alliance of Bloggers.

Hope to see you all there! :)

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12 Responses

  1. Lemme leave the maiden comment first. Hehe.

    Cool layout and design. Remember to add the venue map after we’ve got the permission.

    Good job and well done, Politikus! Thanks a lot for all the effort.

  2. In par with the increase of bloggers in Malaysia, I’ve taken the liberty to setup the LoudTalk.net website, which is completely user and community-driven.

    Bloggers and non-bloggers alike submit stories of interest to the community, promote them, and also share these stories with other members of the community. Besides that there are many tools provided on the website to allow an organic growth of the community.

    I’ve managed to create two versions, a LoudTalk Bahasa Malaysia and LoudTalk.net English. I certainly hope such a website will only empower more Malaysians to take control of the news and media.

    Regards,
    Nabil

  3. Where do i sign up?

  4. wan: please email Howsy at howsyh[at]gmail[dot]com :)

    Thanks for your interest!

  5. Dear Organiser,

    I would like to be there as bloggers united. Please let me have the details.

    Gunton, Sabah.

  6. This is how I read the selected speakers:

    – Jeff Ooi – Chinese, Gerakan member
    – Marina Mahathir – Malay, Writer, Women Issue, Liberal Muslim, Do not assume her as Tun Dr Mahathir
    – Tony Pua – Chinese, Corporate, DAP, Young upcoming
    – Tian Chua – Chinese, PKR, More known as a theatrical demonstrater, Figuring out whats politician’s life
    – R. Nadeswaran (of Citizen Nades fame) – Journalist w MSN, Public Interest Issue
    – Sonia Randhawa, CIJ – Journalist Watchdog, Foreign NGO, Suspicious?
    – Ahirudin Attan (Rockybru) – ex-Editor of MSN, Blogger in the News, Protem President of All Blog

    This looks like skewed towards Government Bashing but I have no problem listening because this is considered a private initiative of a group of Bloggers (or Comentators or ex Blogger).

    If the theme here is to “Engage and Embrace”, Few things are glaringly missing here.

    Malay and Muslim consist of 60% of population. No mainstream Malay bloggers I represented. Be they of the UMNO or PAS variants. Marina and Rocky does not represent this line of thoughts.

    Without them, don’t you think you are just engaging amongst yourself and run the risk of trying to slant the Forum discussion in the Sino or Opposition way?

    There are a significant number of Malay SOPO bloggers, and a majority of celebrated SOPO bloggers are veteran Malays journalist and former politicians.

    Could I suggest any one of the following – A Kadir Jasin, Ruhanie Ahmad, and pukingly but still an option, Shahrir Samad.

    IF time is limiting – I suggest you remove Tian Chua. If you want to consider two, remove Sonia.

    Any comments, do post on my satire blog, The Antics of Husin Lempoyang

  7. you make it sound as though chinese can’t speak for malays, indians can’t speak for islam and people who are politically-affiliated can’t speak objectively.

    welcome to the world of blogging where race and credence should not matter. we have pro-government discussions EVERY SINGLE DAY in the papers we read. even if the discussions were skewed to govt-bashing, i assure you, it’s not just the panel discussion you’ll find fascinating but meeting fellow bloggers and hearing their input.

    give the forum a chance and give bloggers a stand. let’s look beyond the people and their background, instead listen to the articulation and ideas.

    thanks for the comment :)

  8. More to “Husin Lempoyang” laments, adding to my colleague politikus’ reply:

    Shahrir Samad WAS invited, he apologised for not making it as he has another commitment May 19.

    “IF time is limiting – I suggest you remove Tian Chua. If you want to consider two, remove Sonia. ”

    Hey, saudara — If you orgainse a wedding recption for your beloved daughter, can the nosey neighbours come in to DICTATE who to invite, or who to throw out?

    I suggest you organise a followup event next year? This year’s event is a one-off initiative by a seven-member self-grouped Committee. I will defintely come, even pay for my six buddddddies, Promise! — (Chair, Org Com)

  9. The gathering is intended to be an informal and a relaxed one in the first place. The forum was included so that we don’t ‘makan saje takde cakap kar’. While we try to find speakers from people of all walks of life – BN, opposition, mainstream and alternative media, NGOs, lawmakers and even from the arts, you have to know that not all people could make it or interested to be there in the first place. And ‘Ini Cina punya organisers cari Cina punya speakers punya gathering, tak mau datang lar!’ is the last thing we would want out of this gathering.

  10. And any decent, objective thinking (SoPO) blogger wouldn’t want this to be yet another political-sermon, ribbon-cutting, VIP-red carpet thing, would you?

  11. FA Cup finals MU vs Chelsea starts at 10.30pm. Any chance to have a big screen TV for all BUM attendees to watch the game together in true spirit of BUM…. or else some of us might have trouble trying to rush home to watch the game! Just a thought!

  12. so I presume it’ll be fine if all future events did not have indians, chinese, foreigners and non-BN supporters? Hmmm tot that gathering was at PWTC every year?

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