As Chairman of the BUM2011 Organising Committee, it is my pleasant duty to place on record our deepest appreciation to the following for their moral and financial support to enable us to succesfully =organise the fifth in our annual outings in the Bloggers Universe Malaysia series — this fifth and I believe could be swansong time — at an entirely different venua on July 24, 2011 at the Maju Palace Resutaurant in Kuala Lumpur, a move away from familiar LVC, Subang Jaya where we had nestled with Warren Buffet and Mary and her little lamb/s for four affairs.

Firstly, a word of thanks to the Selangor Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, for delivering the Keynote Address (second time in two consecutive years’ picnics…:) and financial support;

To the chief execitives of the following Companies/Corporations for supporting the luncheon in both moral and financial terms:

2. PAG

and, last but not least, to the Management and Staff of MAJU PALACE RESTAURANT for putting up with the ever-changiung demands and fancies put on them by the 4ever-in-a-flux-BUM Org Comm.

Wishing all/awe good luck, good health, and God bless; “Adieu, and not GOoDbye”


~~ YL Chong, Desiderata

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Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin on BUM 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

BUM 2011

BUM 2011 Luncheon Forum ended at around 3pm today.
It was a success and the crowd were there.

A group picture of the BUM Organizing Committee
The man in the centre of the picture is the Prince from Africa. He came, he saw and he went back to Africa. He says he will be back. I asked him if the £3 Billion Yacht was his; he didn’t answer. Maybe he will give us the answer in the next forum.
MB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid & YB Tian Chua were the guest of honour. Tony Pua was also there. YB Niz Nazmi could not attend as he was away.

AB Sulaiman, Tian Chua, Maria Chin Abdullah & Maverick were the panel speakers.

En. Wan Shariman greeting MB
Helen Hoh presenting the Commemorative Plaque to the MB.

Maverick & Desi presenting the BUM t-shirt to MB. It is just a coincidence that it is yellow. BUM is not Bersih, but Bersih members may be bloggers.

Wan Shariman receiving a copy of Zunar’s book

The special guests of honour – Ismawati, Christine, Shariman, Amro & Mave.

The youngsters wanted to have a picture with MB & YB. They are Facebook addicts.

Oh, I’m tired!!! Got to take a rest and prepare for tomorrow’s mission. Bye!

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From the Press: Merdeka Review on BUM 2011


作者/本刊陈慧思 Jul 24, 2011 06:21:37 pm



他表示,政府是受人民所托,以管理联邦或州的资源,并将资源重新是分配给人民,因此他执掌雪州之后,推出“惠民经济计划”(Merakyatkan Ekonomi),以重新分配原本落在朋党手中的雪兰莪州资源,以照顾基层人民的基本需求。


卡 立是在马来西亚部落格世界(Bloggers Universe Malaysia, BUM)举行的午餐研讨会上发表上述言论。卡立是研讨会的开幕嘉宾,研讨会主讲人有峇都区国会议员蔡添强、净选盟2.0委员玛利亚陈阿都拉(Maria Chin Abdullah)、《当今大马》专栏作者苏莱曼(AB Sulaiman)和管理学讲师SM Yeoh。

上述活动是在吉隆坡Maju Junction一家餐馆举行,共有大约50名部落客购券出席。

卡立致开幕词时讲述他如何跟前朝国阵政府任内委任的特许经营公司如雪州水供公司(SYABAS)谈判、向打南(Talam Corp Bhd)追讨债务收回雪州资产等,以将雪州政府的资产从这些朋党公司手中夺过来,通过各项惠民经济计划将这些资源再重新分配给州民。


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From the Press: Nanyang Siang Pau on BUM 2011 luncheon

2011/07/16 7:09:51 PM

(吉隆坡16日讯)2011年第5届马来西亚宇宙部落格午餐论坛将于本月24日早上10点半举办在吉隆坡万宝城,由雪兰莪州务大臣丹斯里卡立依布拉欣主讲 “国家建设跨越政治鸿沟”并为论坛揭开序幕。






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What’s for lunch?


Theme: Nation Building Across The Political Divide

Date: Sunday, 24 July 2011

Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm

Venue: Maju Palace Restaurant, Maju Junction

Level 5, Maju Junction Mall 1001, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 03- 2691 8822
Fax : 03- 2691 3822
GPS: 3.159686,101.696346
View in Google Map

ADMISSION: Open to the Public, Fee Payable at RM50 per pax with Table booking at RM500 per table for 10 most welcome

Note: Registration closes on 21st July 2011, 4pm.


1.      Braised Spicy & Sour Soup

2.      Mixed Vegetables with Salad

3.      Curry Chicken

4.      Deep Fried Eggplant with Chicken Floss

5.      Stir Fired Tiger Prawns with Butter

6.      Deep Fried Cuttle Fish with Salt & Pepper

7.      Pan Fried White Tuna Fish with Pomelo Salad

8.      Deep Fried Vegetarian Spring Roll

9.      Braised Vegetarian

10.     Siew Mai Yunnan Style

11.     Szechuan Dumpling

12.     Pan Fried Shanghai Dumpling

13.     BBQ Meat Bun

14.     Fried Vegetarian Rice Noodle

15.     Fried Rice with Teochew Spicy Sauce

16.     Chilled Sea Coconut with Longan & Lemon

17.     Chinese Pastries

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Another BUM2011 Forum Rocks In on Sunday July 24 With Lunch!

BUM2011 LUNCHEON FORUM UPDATE (updated 7th July, 2011)

Theme: Nation Building Across The Political Divide

Date: Sunday, 24 July 2011

Time: 10.30am to 2.30pm

Venue: Maju Palace Restaurant, Maju Junction, Kuala Lumpur

ADMISSION: Open to the Public, Fee Payable at RM50 per pax with Table booking at RM500 per table for 10 most welcome

Programme Outline:

10.00AM: Registration of Guests starts

10.45AM: Welcoming Speech

by BUM 2011 Organising Committee Chairman, YL Chong, Desi

11.00AM: Keynote Address by YB Menteri Besar of Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim on a ***TOPIC related to the Theme wrt Selangor Experience

Q and A to follow: 20 minutes

**************BUFFET LUNCH TO BE SERVED 12.15PM to 1.15PM***********************

Forum: 1.15PM to 2.30PM on Topic “Transformation&Reform: Sloganeering, Lip Service and Performance” featuring:

Panel of 4 to 5 Speakers to speak 10-12minutes each.

MP of Batu YB Tian Chua, “You haven’t heard of him? Thou art weird!”

AB Sulaiman, columist

Maria Chin Abdullah, CEO, Enpower & Bersih 2.0 leader

Dr SM Yeoh, Maverick, Blogger-lawyer-management guru who gives free advice with a wit’ a dosage of Malaysian profanities

One or two others to be confirmed SOON!

Q and A to follow …

Kuala Lumpur

7 July, 2011

***NOTE: Topic to be finalised by Selangor MB’s Office

**Open to the public and fee payable at RM50 per pax**


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Tonight’s BUM 2011 Forum News

Maverick SM of Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin


The BUM 2011 Forum ended at 11pm.

We started at 8pm and we had Dr. Lim Teck Ghee of CPI (Centre for Policy Initiatives) to deliver the welcoming address. After Dr. Lim we had Desiderata YL Chong, the BUM 2011 organizing committee chairman to give his speech.

The first session, we had YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, State Assemblyman for Seri Setia, Selangor and former political secretary to MB Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to deliver his views on “Legislating Freedom of Information Act in Parliament”.

At Right is Dr. TG Lim, Centre is YB Nik Nazmi & Left is Maverick the MC Continue reading


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Legislating Freedom of Information Act in parliament

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad

nik-azmiI am honoured to be asked to deliver the keynote speech at Bloggers Universe Malaysia 2011.

I attended the first one – BUM 2007 and have spoken at one or two other BUM events. I was asked to arrange for Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to speak at the BUM event last year.

Some of us have reverted to the mainstream press that we criticised so strongly as bloggers. Some become politicians and consequently caught in the political intrigues. Being a blogger first before a politician, I am pleased to be among familiar faces and friends and hope to never join the first two categories! Continue reading

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Can bloggers be in solidarity with the media?

Dr Lim Teck Ghee

bum-speechIn Malaysia, bloggers have been engaged in a battle to correct the spinning and political bias which has become part of the normal business and deep culture of the media. Since Independence, the majority of the media has been a willing partner in the Barisan Nasional’s one overriding pursuit:  that of self-promotion, self aggrandizement and opportunism. In the process, the old media has contributed to the corruption, injustice and bad governance that are the hallmarks of BN rule, especially during Dr Mahathir’s administration and continuing today. Continue reading

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BUM 2011 forum this Saturday


Bloggers Universe Malaysia (BUM) is belatedly commemorating World Press Freedom Day with a forum by popular speakers.

The ‘Bloggers’ solidarity with the press?’ will feature:

  • Cheam Toon Lee – former editor-in-chief who had served in Sabah/Sarawak,
  • Zunar as Malaysiakini cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque is better known,
  • Ambiga Sreenevasan – Bersih 2.0 chairperson and ex-Bar Council president,
  • Hata Wahari – former National Union of Journalists president until his employer Utusan Malaysia sacked him recently.

Selangor state assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad will give the keynote address on ‘Legislating freedom of information act in parliament”.

The event is co-organised by a group of bloggers in their individual capacities, the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, and the Centre for PolicyInitiatives.

CPI director Dr Lim Teck Ghee said that with the political environment becoming more hotly contested and the mainstream media working overtime as cheerleader and fear leader for the establishment, it is vital that bloggers and those with integrity in the mass media quickly close ranks and provide Malaysians with truthful, fair and objective news and analysis.

“I hope this forum will serve to galvanise media practitioners and bloggers to reassert their adherence to the norms of journalistic ethics and independent reporting,” Lim added.

BUM2011 organising committee chairman YL Chong aka Desiderata said this year’s event almost never got off the ground as the Sarawak state elections came in April and interrupted the preparations. The BUM gatherings in previous years were all held in the month of May.

“Nevertheless, I was motivated to press ahead after learning about Hata Wahari’s plight. His sacking explains the theme for our fifth BUM outing,” he added.

Admission to the forum is free and open to the public.

Date: June 11, 2011
Time: 7.45pm
Venue: Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall auditorium (1, Jalan Maharajalela)

More background and updates on the event are posted at the BUM dedicated website

Contact person: YL Chong at 012-970 2285.


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