It is the last day of 2012. Many events happened for the year. For us at BigDogDotCom, it has been a very good and memorable year indeed.
Our article on the ‘Ghost of Johor’ drew a lot of attention. It started a series of articles written by other bloggers about Johor and drew even more attention, which many talked about. Enough to be asked to ‘come for dinner‘.
Then, we were also reunited with an old blogging brother. It was nice to meet up with Raja Petra our common Malaysian favourite in the heart of West End.
2012 had some of our proudest moments. We witnessed for the first time the Malaysian Defense Minister officially paid homage on the Remembrance Day of the 70th anniversary, to the gallant heroes of 1st Federated Malay Regiment who gave the ultimate sacrifice on the defense of Pasir Panjang Ridge at Point 226, Bukit Chandu on 14 Feb 1942.
We also saw how Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad gave a small group of sixteen year olds an interview.
Another proud moment was the official delivery of Malaysia Airlines’ first A380-800 at Airbus Faciliy, Balgnac Airport, Toulouse, Southwest France. We were invited to fly back the aircraft 9M-MNA to Kuala Lumpur on 28 June 2012. Two days later, we witnessed the inaugural A380 service MH 002 flight to London Heathrow. It was also the 38th anniversary of MH’s service to the most favourite international destination.
Our criticism on highlighting Sime Darby’s selected employee reward scheme also drew a lot of attention. Naturally, we were targets from the Sime Darby executives’ flak. It was said even by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak raised the subject matter.
We were part of special media outing with Royal Malaysian Air Force at TUDM Kuantan Air Base and Royal Malaysian Navy at TLDM Telok Sepanggar Naval Base, near Kota Kinabalu. We were some of the privileged few civilians who have been in both RMN Perdana Class submarine.
We also witnessed the 40th celebrations of Malaysia Airlines and the unveiling of the B737-800 9M-MXA in the original Malaysian Airline System livery, as part of the year long celebrations.
Thank you very much, 2012. It would stay as our most memorable year.