1MARBC Kuala Lumpur Consensus

The 1st Malaysian-ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference kicked off with a very fine start. ASEAN bloggers presented the blogging scenario in their respective countries.

Cambodian bloggers call themselves ‘cloggers’. It grew exponentially from 2007 onwards where internet connectivity has been improved, where connectivity now stands at 3.1 million users. As of 2007, only 0.3% of the population is connected compared to 10.4% in 2010. There is already 9.8 million mobile phone users now, which 1s 67% of all Cambodians and alreasy 34 registered ISPs.

Bruneian bloggers talked about seditious blogging, when touching issues about His Majesty Sultan of Brunei. According to the Brunei Attorney General “There is no such thing as rights of freedom of expression as the likes of the US and the UK”.

The Indonesians talked about blogging and social media is very big where the largest tweeter users outside the United States are in Indonesia. There are 4.8 million bloggers in Indonesia and they host ‘Pesta Blogger’ annually.

The Singaporean blogger talked about the Government regard the bloggers guild as a ‘political organisation’ recently. This is in anticipation of the upcoming general elections, which now has been set on 17 May. This means that bloggers are not supposed to accept ‘contributions’, especially from outside Singapore which has been made unlawful for political organisations to do so.

The representative from Thailand talked about a very big issue at home, lesse majeste law which translate to ‘injury to the Monarch’. During the recent ‘Redshirt Uprising’, the Monarchy and Government started to seriously block the flow of information. Particular in April 2010 and certain blogs and websites were blocked.

In Vietnam, 30% of the 90 million population are connected. 20% of those are blogging. The changes now enables that a blogger is suing the Prime Minister.

The Blog House Malaysia representative gave an overview on blogging in Malaysia. BHM came into being after a cabinet Minister took actions against Malaysia socio-political bloggers, to look into the issues of blogging and Malaysian bloggers. This include prosecution.

A Kuala Lumpur Consensus is expected to be drafted and adopted by this conference later today.

*Updated 1230pm


The conference is available to be viewed via live streaming at:

www.livestream.com/malaysia4all

Published in: on April 23, 2011 at 10:42  Comments (2)