A landmark moment in Malaysian blogging

Today, 12 April 2007 will mark a very significant date in the history of Blogging in Malaysia. This evening, the pro-tem committee of the National Alliance of Bloggers will meet for the first time, after its inaugural formation meeting last Thursday.


Last Thursday, Ahiruddin “Rocky” Attan, www.rockybru.blogpot.com, made a call on the blogging community in Malaysia. Fifty persons turned up, some as far away as Penang, Miri and Bangkok and all agreed to form the National Alliance of Bloggers (NAB). Many said their thoughts about the positive attributes of coming together as an association/society and thus a pro tem committee was formed. Ahiruddin was elected President, Jeff Ooi (www.jeffooi.com) the Vice President while Nuraina A Samad (www.nursamad.blogspot.com) was made the Secretary.

Amongst other objectives, NAB was formed to promote healthy and progressive blogging in Malaysia. It is also being seen as a proactive move against the Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Communications’, YB Dato’ Shaziman Abu Mansor’s call in the Dewan Rakyat earlier last week to register bloggers in Malaysia.

The pro-tem committee will draft up the constitution and responsible to get the society approved by the Register of Societies. Another deliverable most probably expected from this pro-tem committee is the acceptable ethics and code of conduct for bloggers.


After the meeting, there will be a mini-farewell-party to celebrate poster-man blogger Kickdefella Sheih, www.kickdefella.wordpress.com career move and migration to his homestate, Kelantan. Sheih has accepted a position doing media liaison and production at the Menteri Besar Kelantan Inc. head office and will start on 15 April. He has left his current position as production and movie lecturer in UTAR.

The former filmmaker’s new venture has created a light debate amongst several bloggers (eg. The Malay Male, www.amirhafizi.blogspot.com), because he is a pro-claimed UMNO member and now serving a PAS master. His professionalism and resolution to a political ideology should never been doubted, from the very beginning.

We wish all the best to Ahirrudin and his e (electronic) coy band of Bloggers and Sheih for his new venture. A toast to unchartered territories! 🙂

*photos are complimentary from Mat Salo’s Borneo Blues, www.matsalo.blogspot.com


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  1. Yes brother Big Dog,
    A toast to unchartered territories! 😉

    Long live NAB.


  2. BIG bro,
    Thanks for putting the pressure. you can bet that i will be turning to you for help. there will be many unchartered territories. Many issues to answer from the word Go! Aisehman and Whatalulu have been asking me about membership for Anon bloggers like them. Told them I might have the answer but really not sure if it will work. The exco will be asked to look into that.

    And yes, the question of a civility and code of conduct. This is a real bore, really. The last thing the All-Blogs or NAB want is for bloggers to see it, suspiciously, as a Shahziman or Zam’s sidekick in regulating, curtailing, restricting, and fucking up the blogging community with Section 3.1 or Code of Ethics No 9, no-shorts-allowed, no-roundneck-t-shirt, no-necking rules and regulations.

    But we do need to agree on some questions of ethics. Like, we need to tell ourselves that bloggers must not lie, must not fabricate, must not plagiarize. You get the drift?

    Hope we’ll get the support of our blogging bros and sis our there!

  3. thank you, bigdog. this is just the beginning, and this is just the pro-tem. it’s good to see whether we’d get through registering the alliance.

    see you tonight!

  4. BD,

    You could have used the other pic showing the entire pro-tem committee!

    This one is the sub-committee for covert operations.

    Speaking of which, what happened to E-coy?

    See you tonight, bro. Lotsa stuff to sit on, right.

  5. I think the first order of business is on ethics. What not to do on blogs? It doesn’t have to be print journalism ethics, in fact different from it. The essence is sufficient.

  6. Shar 101

    That’s the photo depicting the usual suspects (borrowing Rocky’s word) for the usual drink do at NPC. Aren’t those very regular people, doing their weekly do? 🙂

  7. Let the meeting bring a new frontier to our beloved country and cyberworld. Can us (nameless blogger) join the meeting?

  8. El Presidente Rocky Bruciano,

    Yes, we your humble subjects will be at your disposal and of course, you can count on us. I will make sure that my thoughts into this will carry some weight. 🙂

    Yes, we have been catching this drift since Moses went up to Mount Sinai “Thou shallth noth stealth, thou shallth noth lieth, thous shall noth coveth they neighbour’sth wifeth (Oops, I dont think that applies to NAB!)”. 🙂

    We have much confidence in you and your pro tem committee to get it going. You know, to start something, needs creative people. But the ‘nasi tambah’ is easy peasey. So much can be added on there onwards (masing masing tiba tiba saja nanti ada macam macam pulak idea bila rumah tu dah siap untuk ditukangkan).

    In short, as the pioneers, you are creating history. Whatever anything pertaining about blogs in Malaysia, “The thing Rocky did” is the precedent.

    Ketua Perusuh,

    The meeting is for pro-tem committee. So let them do their thingy. As they say, too much cook spoils the broth. We sit down there, waiting for them to finish and drink our party away!

  9. Cheers!
    Will code of ethics and conduct be on the menu this evening?

  10. jilat sheih sepuas2nya

  11. NAB is being founded. Can we (nameless blogger) join in without revealing our identity? Do they (NAB) accept us (nameless blogger)?

  12. guys i be waiting anxiously for the outcome of the meeting. Now have some questions.

    1: Would the meeting(s) resolutions/minutes be publish on a specific website for all to see for transparency?

    2:Would decisions make in the meeting open for debate to the general bloggers?


  13. hahahahah Sheikh join Parti ajaran sesat. What else could he done? typical! Remember Zunar? Now Sheikh! Dua-dua depa hanya pandai mencacatkan muka-muka manusia yang dicipta Allah dengan baik.

    lol. Go amirhafizi go

  14. National Alliance of Bloggers (NAB) means than non-Malaysians are barred from membership, right?

  15. Itulah kesudahanya

  16. Dera BigDog,
    I was born with Clark Gable name given to me by John Gable Sr.,Married to Mrs Gable and name d my Kid as Hashim Gable,Aisyah ,Fatimah and Khadijah Gables.

    Advised to drop my name for me people friendlier name, Bruce Steinberg for ‘Gong With The Wing’ role in Pulau Duyong ,I persisted and prevailed,the blog soared (heeheeh …marketing le ni),as it is linked in Australian Post(here),NewEngland Journal(here) and CMMEsquire(here)

    To change my name to ……….bin Abdullah Gable @ ClarkGable Of Pulau Duyong would involve reregistering,MyCard,driving license ,housename,prepaid celcom,fuyocard and not to mention my Pizza Hut and MetroJaya membership card.

    Is NAB going to foot the bill??

    I demand Answer,if so my Acc no is
    Swiss Bank SWIFT no: 0001 007 67543 112

  17. Hi chappies, Big Dog esp,

    Just a short one to inf one and all about a reflector email for All Blogs.
    email to NAB.allblogs@gmail.com to keep yourself in the loop. This way, we can disseminate info much fatter as they come.

    To add to Ketua Perusuh, all blogs is not here to REGULATE you!
    But as the contitution and membership details is being drawn up, feel free to send in your suggestions, and your arguments , for or against to this reflector.

    It will be a good tool for the committee to move ahead..

    Cheers BD

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