- Jeff Ooi (http://jeffooi.com)
- Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (www.niknazmi.com)
- Lim Kit Siang (http://blog.limkitsiang.com )
- Sharizal Shaarani (http://sharizal.net)
- Tony Pua (educationmalaysia.blogspot)
- Khoo Kay Peng, etcetera.
The hall was packed with the Malaysian public and latecomers like MENJ and me who broke fast at my place , settled maghrib prayers and only then made our way to the forum, had to settle for the seats outside the small hall but got to see the proceedings via a live feed projected on a wide screen in the lobby outside.
As you can see, the forum's audience were made up of all ethnicities and faiths. They were mostly concerned Malaysian citizens who wanted to know what the Malaysian Major Bloggers had to share with them about the nation's leader being where he is today.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was the man being discussed last night and each blogger had his piece to say about what the Malaysian Prime Minister needs to do to free himself from the redtape and political doldrums he seems to be in at the moment.
The forum went on without a hitch and at the end of the session, those of us who have known each other online made contact with each other and exchanged jokes, phone numbers and so on.
Jeff Ooi was very approachable and we took this snap of us. The press were all after him and the man was kept busy answering the reporters questions. I proposed an idea to Jeff asking him to see if we Malaysian Bloggers could come together and set up a Malaysian Bloggers Association?
I seriously think it is important for us to have a legally registered association that can look after and protect us bloggers from any unnecessary harassment from any sources as a result of our bloggings. Those of you who feel like me , please email me your show of support and contact details. We will set this up if all are all for it!
We took a group photo of us after the forum. L to R : Teresa Kok (DAP MP for Seputeh), MENJ, Mahaguru58, Lim Kit Siang, Sharizal, Ronnie Liu, Carbon Copy.
Lim Kit Siang was very happy to see us all and he voiced out a wish to set up another forum just for bloggers!
I second that motion! What a forum it would be ? I look forward to it. I am sure you will too. The SB now have a very clear photo to keep! :P
This is a photo of me with the Malaysian Parliament Head of the Opposition!
YB Lim Kit Siang, Senior Mentor and Former Secretary General of the DAP, Democratic Action Party of Malaysia!
He told me that he reads my blog and enjoyed my transcript of Tun Dr.Mahathir's speech at the Century Paradise Club in Taman Melawati, Hulu Kelang a couple of months back!
Lim Guan Eng, his son is in the next photo.
We exchanged views about Islam, this and that and I even shared with him about why the DAP needs to learn about the Truth of Islam and not misunderstand the real deal about the Faith of Islam and not make any conclusions about Islam based on what they see being practiced by both UMNO and PAS!
We discussed the reasons why certain things aren't allowed in Islam and we all came to a conclusion that a dialogue between the DAP and those of us who are sharing info about Islam should be held soon to clear the confusion plaguing most people about Islam. Insya Allah!
I met Shin Shin and Elizabeth Tan, both established bloggers who were very pleasant to be with and we shared stories.
It is good to meet fellow bloggers like this and God Willing, with such meetings and exchanging of information, we can all dispel the doubts and misunderstandings that arise out of the lack of personal contact and communications.
Malaysians can learn alot from such gatherings and we need to make the effort to go to such forums and meetings whenever we get a chance to do so. To all those whom I got to meet last night, I wish each and everyone of you the best in your blogging and thank you very much!
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