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BUM 2010 on May 22

The bloggers’ event of the year – popularly referred to as Bloggers Universe Malaysia or ‘BUM 2010’ – will be held on Saturday, May 22 at the Lake View Club, Subang Jaya.

Themed ‘Bloggers moving Malaysia forward’, BUM2010 will feature Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim in a keynote address, and also the Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing, Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin in a special presentation on Internet-related issues.

This year’s event, fourth in the BUM series, is also to mark World Press Freedom Day which fell on May 3. It is organised by the Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI) in association with All-Blogs (the national alliance of bloggers) and a group of socio-political bloggers. According to BUM2010 organising chairman YL Chong a.k.a. Desiderata, the bloggers in the organising committee serve in their individual capacity and do not represent any specific political interests.

Chong also notes that both sides of the political divide are represented with the participation of Pakatan’s Khalid and Barisan’s Raja Nong Chik.

There will be three panel discussions on current topics of interest.

The noon session in Bahasa Malaysia titled ‘The ‘Allah’ issue: Various perspectives’ will feature Haris Ibrahim of The People’s Parliament, Khalid Samad, MP for Shah Alam and Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, lawyer.

The evening forum titled ‘Bloggers Role in bridging the religious divide’ will feature Kuala Selangor MP Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok MP and Human Rights Party pro-tem secretary P. Uthayakumar.

All the sessions will have a Q & A to encourage audience participation.

CPI director Dr Lim Teck Ghee predicts, “This is likely to be a day full of hotly contested opinions and points of view on key divisive issues confronting Malaysia. But we believe that the presentations and dialogue can serve as the basis for clearer thinking rather than the muddled-headed pronouncements and political spinning that has been so prevalent.”

Places for the full-day event are limited to only 200 on a first-come-first-served basis. Fees at RM60 cover a quickie lunch, hi-tea, and buffet dinner. Registration details are available at bum4msia.wordpress.com.

Press release issued by Centre for Policy Initiatives
Contact: admin@cpiasia.net, tel/fax: 03-2274 9186

Programme

1. THEME: Bloggers: Moving Malaysia Forward

Date: Saturday, May 22, 2010

Venue: Lake View Club, Subang Jaya

2. May 22, 2010 at Lake View Club, Reception Counter

10.00 – 10.30am: REGISTRATION of participants:

10.30—11.00am: Welcoming addresses by

Rocky Bru, All-Blogs Interim Committee President

YL Chong, BUM 2010 OC Chairman

2. KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Menteri Besar of Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim

11.00am –11.20am:

Topic: “Selangor Government’s use of the Internet to improve good governance and service delivery, and the State’s efforts to bridge the Internet divide”

Moderator: Helen Ang

11.20 am – 11.45 am: Q and A

3. Bahasa Malaysia Forum

11.45am – 1.30pm:

Topic: The Allah Issue: Various Perspectives

Moderator: Sakmongkol

Speakers are:

Haris Ibrahim, People’s Parliament

YB Khalid Samad, MP for Shah Alam

Zaid Ibrahim, lawyer

********************** BUFFET LUNCH ************************

4. Media Session:

2.30pm –3.30pm:

Topic: Coverage by Mainstream Media — Insights and Perspectives

Moderator: Datuk Ahirudin Attan ( Rockybru)

R Nadeswaran,  Editor, Investigative and Special Reports, Sun

P.Gunasegaram, Managing Editor, StarBiz

One more speaker to be announced later…

5. Special Address: Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing,

Datuk Raja Nong Chik bin Raja Zainal Abidin

From 3.30pm – 4.30pm :

Topic: “Engaging the Urban Rakyat via Internet . Experiences from Facebook and Blog4FT”

************************** HI-TEA *************************

6. Bloggers Forum in English

Topic: Bloggers’ Role in Bridging the Religious Divide

Moderator: to be announced

Speakers:

YB Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, MP for Kuala Selangor

YB Teresa Kok, MP for Seputeh

P.Uthayakumar

From 6.00pm – 7.30pm

********************** BUFFET DINNER from 7.45PM **************

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