April 10, 2007

Blogging Malaysia

Posted in Malaysia at 3:25 am by egalitaria

Wow, some developments are seriously taking place in the Malaysian Blogosphere.

At the 1st gathering/meeting of Malaysian bloggers, they’ve apparently elected a pro-tem committee already. There are lots of movements right now, which is really interesting. It’ll be fascinating to see how and if the blogging community can be mobilised to institute real change, at least in being influential opinion leaders in the socio-political scene. Will this be the 4th Estate, a powerful determining voice that politicians must listen to?

There’ll be a Bloggers United Malaysia Gathering on the 19th May as well, so I read… here. (that’s a day before my birthday hint hint) To be held in conjunction with World Press Day on the 3rd May. I think this will be a massive gathering, first of its kind. All sorts will turn up. A defining event.

What will Malaysia’s Blogging Scene look like in a year from now? Will politicians clamp blogs down? Will they debate it in Parliament? Will they require strict registration, and will this curtail freedom of speech on the web?

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14 Comments

  1. Bob K said,

    Personally I am concerned about this move. I am not sure if this is the best move to make considering the current atmosphere. It might just end up being the back door needed to regulate blogging.

  2. Its an attempt to collect, command and conquer. No one needs to organize the web, it tends to get organized itself, organically through social networks and market forces. I hope many bloggers dont show up.

  3. yuking said,

    Yes!

    5 of my closest friends who are highly qualified professionals in the IT, electronics and business areas are overseas doing very well indeed in Singapore, Mainland China, Canada, Australia.

    All except for one started working in Malaysia and subsequently left. The one that didn’t come back was because he started university late, and I told him not to return after realising the molasses we are in.

    I didn’t feel the need to get a PR somewhere as my job afforded me to travel often to make some extra do for a living. However, I believe it is time I join my friends in being able to have a ‘Plan B’ in the form of a PR in another country while my age and qualifications still affords to give qualifying points.

    Goodness knows that while another May 13 or Indonesia riot may not happen, the country sure will not support the bringing up of a family in a conducive manner.

    Better be a ‘second class’ citizen in countries that have no official policies for racism than in a country to be of ‘equal citizenship’ but with policies openly for racism. How do you explain to your kid that while you are equal, somebody else is more equal than you!

    Bye!

  4. kok said,

    I am a Malaysian Chinese living in Hong Kong for the past 15 years. I am a professional and am completely integrated socially.

    Looking at my HK born sons, I am glad they never have to contend with the petty racism of Malaysia. Life is too short for that. No need to worry about government jobs or lack of career progress or scholarships because of their race. They will fail or succeed on their own merits. That is a very liberating thought for a father. I have no great fortune to leave them, but I have given them a chance in a society they can call their own.

    I have taught them to respect other peoples and races. And to stand up for their own rights. They should be proud of their Chinese root and not be chauvinistic.

    As for Malaysia? Well, they don’t know too much about it. It won’t be an important country for them. Economically it is too tiny to figure much on the big picture. Several major cities in China already have living standards that exceed Malaysia. Guangdong province alone has a GDP several times that of Malaysia. And it is still growing fast.

    I wish Malaysia well for the sake of my relatives still there, but I glad I am not there. Migrate if you can. The West is good and stable but China has opportunities too. Integration is so easy that within one generation it is as if our ancestors have never gone away! Fast forward the all that years of civil war, cultural revolution and famine.

    If you cannot emigrate, grumble freely and hope for better days.

  5. aston said,

    The very foundation of Umno are lies – lies about May 13 riot, lies about secularity of constitution, lies about special rights, lies about supremacy of court, and of course lies about the NEP.

    How can our accountability and transparency not be limited by the very lies of the foundation of our governance?

  6. samp said,

    My wife has a few friends who married to foreigners. Two of them plan to go back to their husband’s country of origin (one from New Zealand and another from Sweden) once their kids reach the schooling age.

    The reason? Because those countries treat their citizens fairly, as long as you hold their citizenship, your kids get free education up to university level, no privileges, no quota to certain group of people and kids all get chance to compete fairly in their country.

    One more reason, no restrictions in your businesses, conversation contents, job applications, home purchasing plans, studies, etc – as long as you are the citizen!

    Well, every time after talking to them, I felt very down. I am the citizen of this country, but why I couldn’t get as the same as other citizen get in their country?

    My kids have no equal chance to get into a university due to the quota system (although some says that we are implementing meritocracy system but I don’t think so), I don’t get 15% off for the house that I am purchasing, there are certain businesses that are not meant for me in my own motherland.

    My wife and I plan to emigrate after we have got enough money (and some of my friends are also planning to do so), but is emigration a good choice?

    I suddenly remember of an article in a Chinese newspaper many months ago, written by a disappointed university applicant who scored flying colors in her exam but didn’t get admitted to any university in this land, one of her sentences read like this “I love my country, but does my country love me?”

  7. vesewe said,

    If we read the Malaysia Federal Constitution of 1957, we will not find the word “bumiputera” – hence some would say the origin of the word is grounded in the political agenda of some politicians to discriminate against citizens not of malay ethnicity.

    In short there is no constitutional legitimacy in the use of the term “bumiputera” except for its purpose which is to discriminate for the sake of discriminating.

    Some fifty years after independence from the British, the demographic profile of its population has changed. Most of the Chinese/Indians today are no longer foreign born, and through the principle of “jus soli” (Latin meaning “right of the soil”) are citizens by birth.

    The word “bumiputera” (Sanskrit meaning “son of the soil”) which came into popular use after the riots of 1969, is a convenient term not grounded in the science of anthropology but in the politics of race – in other words its use is a convenient invention by malay politicians and malay leaders to justify the policies of Umno which dominated the ruling alliance, which came to be known as the New Economic Policy (NEP).

    It could have been called “The Great Affirmative Action Policy” but the architects of the NEP are visionary leaders whose motives go beyond affirmative action.

    It is not a coincidence that post-1969 saw the rise of business oriented leaders in Umno and the political demise of the malay school teachers whose hold over power in the party suffered a setback. The labeling is important as events many years later are to demonstrate to us that more is envisaged rather than just affirmative action.

    Let there only be one class or let Malaysia be a nation of the “classless”. Malaysians do not need a caste system like we find in India.

    Enough is enough. The word “bumiputera” creates a class of Malaysians based not on ethnicity but on some dubious criteria with religion factored into it.

    It is conceptualized for the convenience of policy makers who rode on the wave of malay nationalism unleashed after May 13, 1969 to maintain their position of power and influence.

    The faster we do away with the word “bumiputera” the better it will be. The use of the term “bumiputera” post-1969, I submit, has less to do with affirmative actions but more to do with politicians who see in it the opportunity to maintain their hold over power.

    It is time power be handed over to a fresh breed of Malaysians who think less in terms of Malay, Indian and Chinese or “bumiputera” and “non-bumiputera” but more in terms of Malaysians of different ethnic descent.

    But let us not lose our perspective. The United States has been independent for more than 200 years but is still today struggling with racism. Malaysia is still politically a toddler learning to walk. Success is about what happens when we fall rather than in the walking.

  8. molisa said,

    Malaysia being in such a sad state, I can only see decline for decades to come.

    May be even for centuries.

    May be the rise of China may give the bright sparks of Malaysia some leverage to change society, but I doubt whether the ingrained culture of failure can be reversed.

    Not the UK, not the US, not in most parts of the world, the culture of failure always reproduced itself generation after generation.

    Change has to come from external influence and not from the inside.

  9. shinwee said,

    Yes, if you take up a two years vocational course in New Zealand, your family could follow you to go while you could work there after finishing studies. It is not difficult to study, then work and get a PR in New Zealand.

    Basically, Indian and Chinese and other ethnic groups in Malaysia are peaceful, hardworking excel, economically and academically.

    The presently ruling party does not appreciate for what non-malays have done. Even Oxford graduate like Khairy said Penang businesses have been dominated by non-malays. He thought setting up businesses is free and running it also easily.

    Why doesn’t he set up in Penang many businesses like motor and car workshops, supermarkets, sundry shops, saloons, real estates agency, electrical chain shops, etc……….?

    Those who could emigrate just emigrate. Nothing is wrong. Survival of the fittest meaning – if you don’t like to stay on in Malaysia. Just go. Go where you like if you are mobile and a professional.

    Those who are less fortunate, they have to stay back and fight economically and to survive in this. They are still many non-malay politicians in this country who would still do their work peacefully for people without showing sword or keris.

    There are still kind opposition parties members who dare to risk their lives to report to the passive and inefficient Malaysia police to ‘sedition’. All these opposition parties members do not want to see racial riot again to happen. So, they have done a good and brave job to upkeep peace in Malaysia.

    It does not matter if you are younger or over 30 years old, sell your house, car and pool all money to go to New Zealand. This country would welcome immigrants who have skilled. Their immigration department has not mentioned about age limit. In Australia, to migrate based on skill is below 45 years old.

    If you have vocational qualification, you could also work in New Zealand. If you do not have qualification, study vocational certificate would be the shortcut and good prospect due to shortage of skills there.

    But those who has money like A$700000, you could put this money into Australia government bond and earn interest while you would get a provisional business visa (leading to PR) to live and work and study in Australia for whole family. So, send your money to Australia if you have that amount! Age is not a problem for this business visa.

    So, send your money out and retire in Australia is a good option for your children education – universities in Australia are good ranking and fair.

    It is easy to get PR in New Zealand. Once you have got a PR of New Zealand, you could always to Australia.

    In New Zeland and Australia, you could work full time during holiday and during school days, you could work part time.

    Yes, go to enroll a vocational course like mechanic, electrician, air-con etc. You could always work part time during study days. During long holiday, go to work full and collect money.

    Even if you work part time in New Zealand, your total monthly salary would still higher than you would get in Malaysia. So, go for it!

    Pool money to show you are going to study for first year. If English is a problem, study English as a start for several months there before starting vocational course.

    Vocational qualification is high demanded in New Zealand and Australia.

    You just need to pool (sell your property or borrow) first year money to study in New Zealand. New Zealand has a lower living cost and you just need to have a vocational certificate to work in New Zealand and lead to permanent resident. You could also bring your family members who might be able to work there too.

    Yes, work overseas, so that less paying taxes to Malaysia government.

    Yes, send your children to study overseas, after all local public universities are of low ranking. At least send your children to Singapore universities which are of higher ranking.

    But in New Zealand, you don’t need to study university to work and stay on. Just choose vocational course. Send this info to all your friends.

    It is easy to work in New Zealand and Australia now. Those who have the below could apply visa to work in New Zealand and Australia quite easy.

    1. Nurse
    2. IT
    3. Engineering degrees
    4. Doctor
    5. Almost all vocational, trade or polytechnic certificates
    6. Accountant (ACCA degree from New Zealand or Australia)

    Salary is often higher than you could get in Malaysia for any jobs. In New Zealand, minimum wage is NZ$45000 per year while in Australia is about A$39000 per year.

    Be prepared to sit for IELTS. You just need to send your transcript for assessment and have IELTS to apply visa. You could sit for International English Language Test System at British Council.

    For those who are without qualification, just go to New Zealand is the best option because of lower living cost and enroll for vocational course would qualify to work and to residency.

    When you get New Zealand residency, you could always go to Australia to work.

    Opposition could start this campaign by reusing the independent university fund. Select some poor students to study in New Zealand and Australia. Lobby those Chinese conglomerates to donate to the trust fund.

    Hope those entrepreneurs would each one considers to sponsor one non-malay guy or girl to study in New Zealand or Australia. Condition must be from poor family and none of their family members have studied in New Zealand or Australia or elsewhere.

    In this way after graduating, this young man or girl could work there (should be the job on demand occupation list). Then after graduating so, this young man or girl could apply for PR there and have family bridging to bring their family to go over there.

    Yes, crime is on the rise in Malaysia couple with millions of illegal immigrants and previously admitted immigrants from neighbouring country (many of them carry red identity cards).

    So, plan well and if you possess vocational, university or polytechnic degree, you could easily apply for work visa to work in New Zealand (no age mentioned) or Australia (provided under 45 years old).

    It is worth to sacrifice ourselves to protect our loved one (family members, good friends and relatives). This mean, go to work and raise our young child or children in an unbiased country and safer country like New Zealand. At least Australia has anti discrimination law and if you excel academically, you would get the course you would like to have.

  10. ruyom said,

    In fact, if you look at all the topics in this board, every topic, every scandal, every issue, every educational ills, can be traced to the break down of the key values. The whole of opposition’s work in parliament revolve around these 4 key values.

    I don’t blame Pak Lah for the break down of these values. I blame Mahathir for the systematic destruction of those values in his 22 years reign.

    What are these values that I am talking about?

    M eritocracy
    A ccountability
    T ransparency
    I ntegrity

    During TAR, Abdul Razak and Hussein Onn days, these values were still very much alive. But now they are all dead. If these values are not revived soon enough, it will be the death of Malaysia.

    I hope I will not have to see this obituary – the death of Malaysia was due to the death of MATI.

  11. fargoman said,

    Stay cool man.

    Malaysia is a neighbour whether we like it or not. Singapore cannot “migrate” to another region. We have to live with them. And we need them more than they need us.

    They provide us with cheaper and harder-working labours. They are a sizeable market for our goods. It is easier and cheaper to sell something to Malaysia than to China, for example. We also invest in them. Heck, we need to invest somewhere.

    We go there for holidays and cheap golf. We have relatives there. We contribute to their economy. Whatever smart people they don’t want, we take. There is a place for everyone in the food chain.

    Things only get nasty when Malaysia refuse to accept the situation and tries to eat our lunch. Then they think up all sorts of irrational competition to spite us, and create a lose-lose situation. This kind of one-up-man ship damages both sides.

    We need their leaders to be rational and go for win-win arrangements with us. If Malaysia is “Boleh” and becomes rich, it is good for Singapore.

    Problem is they should not try to “kill” us in the process. Like trying to sabotage our port, airport etc, with ridiculous under-cutting measures. They willingly lose money in the process and we lose business.

    That is stupid and self-destructive.

  12. honyang said,

    Come next election, most decisive or important votes will still come from the Chinese, which will be significantly less if those work in overseas and Singapore didn’t come back and vote, plus the usual who hope their lives will be taken care of other voters and think there is no need to vote.

    The Chinese who voted will be split among Gerakan, MCA, DAP. Between the three, Gerakan and MCA always seem to be a safer choice, God knows why. Try talk politics with your fellow family, friends, colleagues, you will be quite surprise how ignorance many people can be.

    Many had given up hopes that things will change in Malaysia. If next election, opposition failed to make any significant gains, then is time to think about emigration.

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