Friday, April 06, 2007

Bloggers United


Recently the Malaysian Blogosphere had some bad press from narrow minded quarters within our government. From coments that Bloggers are all anonymous rumour and lie mongerers to insinuation that women bloggers have too much free time than they know what to do with, to blog readers are those that cannot differentiate different opinion and believe that all blogs disseminate mistruths and recently the flak to try and rein in all local bloggers by requiring them to register, which incidently target those with domains registed within the country thus implying a malicious intent. It's a bit absurd as many of us utilise services such as Blogger, MySpace, wordpress and other services outside the country.

Even as I am not a Social and Political blogger, it still bugs me to hell that our government is trying to implement what is incidently a censoring of opinion of cyberspace, a tenet that they said they would hold sacroscant. Thus the worrying trend of what direction our government is trying to go with concerning our cyberspace. Anyway it is a great step that I read that the local Bloggers are not sitting quietly and let people like these dictate to us what we can and cannot do. We understand we have a responsibility and do practice a certain standard in what we write. I support the stand that many of the Malaysian bloggers are taking and in the setting up of the National Alliance of Bloggers (NAB) and for the Blogger United Malaysia (BUM) as a platform to safeguard and discuss on our rights and state in the Malaysian context.

Thus I will be heading to the gathering to be held in conjunction for World Press Freedom Day held by BUM as stated in the poster above. I think they need our support more than ever and I applaud them for taking these steps. It would be interesting to hear what veteran bloggers have to say. Details are as stated 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
6.30pm – 1100 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 (0)3733-8342

Payment
RM30 via Maybank account number:

Please email …. for confirmation details.

RSVP
By 9th May 2007 (Wednesday). Please send all correspondence to howsyh[at]gmail[dot]com.

Speakers
We have confirmed attendance by Jeff Ooi. We will update this list as soon as others confirm!


2 comments:

lucia said...

hey kervin, glad to know that you'll be able to attend the gathering. i'll be looking forward to meeting you.

oh and thanks for pimping for us. :)

freethinker said...

I would see that those with political-content link bloggers more inclined to this event..

Those wif life style theme may not be bother with this under the impression it is politically motivated.