Sunday, August 26, 2007
Kita, Bangsa Malaysia.....
Three events took place yesterday (Saturday Aug 25) at 66 Lorong Setiabistari 1, Bukit Damansara -- a forum on Bangsa Malaysia initiated by lawyer-blogger Haris Ibrahim of "People's Parliament"; the official opening of Blog House, the headquarters of The National Alliance of Bloggers (All-Blogs); and a Merdeka get-together/dinner during which the Negaraku was sung and the Rukunegara was recited.
Speakers at the forum were former teacher blogger Zorro Unmasked (Bernard Khoo), lawyer-politician Zaid Ibrahim, Rocky, lawyer-blogger Malik Imtiaz and, university lecturer Azmi Sharom and Jayanath Appudurai.
At the event, Pelitar (Penyanyang Legasi dan Inspirasi Tunku Abdul Rahman), was formed.
Pelitar will carry the Bangsa Malaysia aspiration to other parts of the country.
Penang, Ipoh and Johor Bahru were named as the next venues for the Bangsa Malaysia awareness campaign. (Check out for the new blogsite on Pelitar.)
Some 100 people were at 66 Lorong Setiabistari 1 which, by the way, is the location of Blog House, the HQ of All-Blogs.
All-Blogs pro-tem president Ahirudin Attan (Rocky's Bru) officially opened it.
All-Blogs was formed in April to promote blogging and protect bloggers.
The forum started around 5pm. The evening event -- dinner and performances by bloggers, including pantun recital by blogger-turned-politician and All-Blogs pro-tem vice-president Jeff Ooi and Big Dog - ended past midnight.
All-blogs treasurer Tony Yew and exco members Li Tsin, Walski, Rajahram, Galadriel, Husna, and Jun-E Tan were also there.
Politician Tony Pua was there, as were bloggers Marina Mahathir, Nathaniel Tan, Shar101, Shanghai Stephen, What a Lulu, Rikey, A Voice, Pasquale, I am a Malaysian, Desiderata, the Stand-up Philosopher, Ancient Mariner, Sang Kelembai and SK Thew.
We were also in the company of two very young bloggers - Aishah, 11, and Aiman, 12.
Read Aishah's posting on the event here.
Read Rocky's Bru here and Big Dog's here.
What a day! What a night!
Some really great Malaysians there at the gathering. They may be saying very off-line things which really are things you and I are always talking about but which those up there do not want to hear.
One thing we all agree is that racial politics have always been an obstacle to achieving true racial unity where all Malaysians feel belonged in this beloved country of ours.
Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!