“Bangsa Malaysia” forum at Blog-house dedication

Lawyer cum blogger Haris Ibrahim, through his “People’s Parliament” organized a private forum on “Bangsa Malaysia” at newly furnished and operational Blog-house in Damansara Heights this evening. It was in commemoration of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Kemerdekaan and National Alliance of Bloggers (All-Blogs) also launched their clubhouse, “The Blog-house” at the corner of Lorong Setiabistari 2.

Almost fifty people pre-registered online but seventy six turned up. The speakers at the forum were ‘warga-emas’ citizen Bernard Khoo, a retired teacher-turned-trainer and now a socio-political blogger, YB Dato’ Zaid Ibrahim, a well known corporate lawyer and UMNO MP for Kota Bahru, Ahirudin “Rocky” Attan, bloggo-journo All-Blogs protem President and founder, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, another wellknown lawyer and also a blogger, Azmi Shahrom, a hippie UM law academician and Jayanath Appadurai. Haris Ibrahim chaired the session which started a little after five. Coincidentally or by design, majority of the panelists are lawyers.

During Rocky’s session, he asked six volunteers to read from national laureate Dato’ Usman Awang’s unpublished work about “Untuk Malaya Merdeka“, dated 1949. He ‘volunteered’ Girl-Girl and she read the fifth portion of the short story reading specially selected for this bloggosphere historical occasion.



At the end of the forum session few minutes before eight, Haris managed to outline and define the characteristics of “Bangsa Malaysia”, after a lengthy broad definition and some out-of-context comments on the subject matter by the floor.



When the forum ended, All Blogs launched the Blog-house. Rocky gave a short speech and several presentation followed there on, which included two songs by Amin Black, the singing blogger, I recited a poem by national laureate Dato’ Usman Awang on Kemerdekaan (flavour of the season) titled “Tanah Air (Menjelang Kemerdekaan)” and Azmi Sharom strung the guitar and sang some Dylan hippie era and his own numbers.


Haris came out to present a political awareness movement called “PELITAR” based on the First Prime Minister Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra’s transpired aspirations and values.



Of course there were zestful singing of the national anthem Negaraku (definitely not the Namewee version!) and everyone pledged the Rukunegara in full spirit. Everything ended at eleven.

It was a good evening indeed, to see and meet up with so many bloggers, notable usual suspects and new ones. Girl-Girl has her own view on this evening, something which she enjoyed.


*Bangsa Malaysia poster shot is courtesy of photo-bloggo-journo, TV Smith




Published in: on August 26, 2007 at 03:46  Comments (28)