April 25, 2011

Asean bloggers connect at 1st Malaysia-Asean Regional Bloggers Conference 2011, KL

Bloggers from Asean region meet together at the first Malaysia-Asean Regional Bloggers Conference held from 23 – 24 April 2011 with the theme of "Blogging Mindfully and Responsibly" at Intercontinental Hotel (formerly Nikko Hotel) in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak officially opened the conference on Sunday 24th April 2011. He called on the blogger community to speak the truth in cyberspace or expose themselves to all the ramifications and consequences for telling lies and half-truths.

Also present were the patron of Blog House Malaysia (BHM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Najib's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Blog House Malaysia (BHM) president Syed Akbar Ali.

The two-day conference which attracted more than 250 participants was organized by Blog House Malaysia (BHM), an association that provide a platform to derive defensive mechanisms to protect the plethora of bloggers in blogosphere, especially on Malaysia and Malaysia-centric postings.

The objective of the conference was to bring together regional bloggers from ASEAN countries, and to highlight the obstacles faced by these bloggers as well as the adversity that bloggers might experience in their day to day talking of various issues.

Workshops and forums covering wide ranging topics including blogger network and blogger etiquette were held. Asean bloggers at the conference came from Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei and the Philippines.

The Asean bloggers adopted the five-point Kuala Lumpur Consensus on blogging and social media which among others, proposes the establishment of ASEAN Social Media and Blogging network to promote understanding, good relations, unity and co-operation for regional betterment and progress of the new media practitioners in the spirit of mutual respect.


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak delivers his keynote
address to participants of 1st Malaysia Asean Regional Bloggers
Conference 2011 (MARBC) in Kuala Lumpur. 

Blog House Malaysia patron Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (left)
sharing a light moment with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib
Tun Razak.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (right) signing the patronage acceptance
letter while Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (left) and
Blog House Malaysia (BHM) president Syed Akbar Ali look on.

Blog House Malaysia (BHM) president Syed Akbar Ali (centre)
showing off the patronage acceptance letter signed by the patron
of BHM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (right) while Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (left) looks on.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (left) signing the
 official plaque. Looking on are Blog House Malaysia (BHM)
president Syed Akbar Ali (centre) and BHM patron Tun
Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Blog House Malaysia (BHM) president Syed Akbar Ali (centre)
showing the official plaque signed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri
Najib Tun Razak (left) while BHM patron Tun Dr Mahathir
Mohamad (right) looks on.
 
One for the album: A photo session with Asean and committee
members of 1st Malaysla-Asean Regional Bloggers Conference 2011.

(L-R) Front row: Blog House Malaysia (BHM) president Syed Akbar
Ali, blogger Chak Sopheap from Cambodia, BHM patron Tun Dr
Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
and BHM advisor Datuk Ahirudin Attan.

A bloggers workshop session in progress.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak meet with bloggers
from Asean region.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak entertains requests
for his autograph.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak signs every
autograph request.

Blog House Malaysia (BHM) president Syed Akbar Ali (fourth
from right), 
treasurer Zakhir Mohamed (third from right), BHM
Perak representative Mohamad Salim Bin Iskandar (fourth
from left) were among others at the conference.

Kumpulan Menyokong UMNO (myKMU.net) member Redzuan
Mohd Junid (in wheelchair) greets Prime Minister Datuk Seri
Najib Tun Razak. Looking on are Putera MIC India International

Bureau chairman E. Venkates Rao (left), Hulu Selangor MP
P. Kamalanathan (centre) and Blog House Malaysia (BHM)

president Syed Akbar Ali (behind Najib).

Blog House Malaysia president Syed Akbar Ali (left) and
Zainol Abideen of The Malaysian OBserver.
 
(L-R) Blog House Malaysia advisor Datuk Ahirudin Bin Attan
Putera MIC India International Bureau chairman E. Venkates Rao,
Borneo Convention Centre Kuching sales manager Abigail Law
and Time dotCom CEO Afzal Abdul Rahim.

Bloggers from Cambodia Chak Sopheap (left) and
Indonesia Herman Saksono.
  
Malaysian bloggers Amir Rozaini Ahmad Rani (first from left) and
Zamiel Zukie (second from left) in the company of blogger members.

Bloggers from Vietnam Anh Minh Tran Do (left) and Hy Viet Huynh. 

Bloggers Anh-Minh Tran Do (left) from Vietnam and
Anthony Ian Memije Cruz from the Philippines.

(L-R): Delwin Keasberry from Brunei, Oliver Richard V. Robillo
and Anthony Ian Memije Cruz both from the Philippines.

(L-R): Cherian George from Singapore, Anthony Ian Memije Cruz
 and Oliver Richard V. Robillo both from the Philippines.

From left: Indonesian bloggers Ong Hock Chuan,
Herman Saksono and Aulia Halimatussadiah.

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