Thursday, May 10, 2007

Blog Forums

Can't get enough about blogs? Our clueless professional ministers castigates unprofessional bloggers? Is there a blogmania in Malaysia at the moment? Or what's the big fuss? Well, you'll get to hear all about it in the coming weeks (where I'll also be lending my voice), starting this Saturday at Nanyang Siang Pau and the following Saturday, at the Bloggers United Malaysia (BUM) Gathering.

1. Nanyang Forum: Bridging Blogs and the Malaysian Public

We are in an effort to promote blogging across the multi-lingual platform in the country. Nanyang Siang Pau, a vernacular newspaper, is organising a public forum targetting the youths this Saturday. It will be conducted primarily in English, with splashes of Mandarin if needs be. Admission is free.
Malaysian Bloggers: A Challenge to Opinion Space?
Date: Saturday, 12/5/07
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Auditorium, Nanyang Siang Pau HQ, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya
1. Tony Pua, Economic Advisor to DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng
2. Jeff Ooi, Pioneering Malaysian Blogger
3. Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Special Assistant to Parti KeADILan Advisor, Anwar Ibrahim
4. Soon Li Tsin, Blogger and Malaysiakini Journalist

Dr. Ei Sun Oh, Lecturer, Speaker, Columnist & Blogger
We hope to get as many bloggers and fans of blogs to attend this event. Contact Ms Thing Thing at 012-213 7250 or 03-7872-6913 for details.

The event is supported by Persatuan Belia Xiang Lian, ntv7 and Spritzer.

2. Blogs United Malaysia (BUM) Gathering 2007

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). This event is held in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd.
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
Contact: +603 3733-8342
The club also has a prayer room available for use. Fits 8 persons max.

Closing deadline extended to May 15, 2007 by 4.00pm as we have to inform LVC’s KampungKu Restaurant on the exact number of guests to cater for dinner buffet. Please see payment page. All else, please send all correspondence to howsyh[at]gmail[dot]com.


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.

Each panellist will share their thoughts based on their field of activity, expertise and experience stating whether 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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