The 1st Malaysian-ASEAN Bloggers Regional Bloggers Conference was an impressive forum – in terms of its organisation, traditional media support, the 300 pax bloggers and friends turnout, and VVIP patronage.
The Sunday luncheon session was graced by non other than Prime Minister Najib and his wife, with Blog House Patron Dr Mahathir and his wife in attendance. Blog House President Syed Akbar Ali, Adviser Ahiruddin Atan, Exco Nuraina Samad and their colleagues demonstrated great hosting skills. Both the BH Patron and the PM articulated their concerns clearly, the former stressing blogging responsibility and the latter, constructive criticism from digital citizens (ditizens).
NINITALK had the privilege of attending the breakup session in Room B: Parameters – the fine line between what’s allowed and what’s not. Calls were made for Acts to control and constrain and a Bloggers Council to monitor blogging behaviour. NINITALK offered the argument that blogging and blogger behaviour is essentially verbal or linguistic behaviour. In expecting the authorities to grant them the fundamental human rights of freedom of expression and freedom of choice, bloggers themselves must fundamentally demonstrate civic responsibility by choosing their words and expressions with care.
NINITALK grabbed the window of opportunity during the PM’s Q&A by posing a similar comment/ question: how does one bridge the educational and literacy divides that manifest themselves in the diversity of bloggers, their leanings and the kind of language choices they make? how do ditizens select the “crap” from the substance?
All in all, NINITALK and her table of PCORE (Voices of Peace, Conscience & Reason) supporters have Rocky to thank for the invitation to the event and his kindness in seating (standing) us in the pathway of the VVIP entourage – once again a window of opportunity not to be missed. PCORE managed to get the ears and interest of both the PM and his wife in our cause – to promote the voices of moderation, sense and sensibility. And a photo opportunity with dearest Tun Dr Hasmah!
All in all, it was a super Sunday meeting new friends and old, networking with citizen journalists – all hoping their writings will make a difference to the world, especially our dearly beloved Malaysia!
GO BLOGGERS GO!