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

Desiderata YL Chong is the Organizing Committee Chairman of BUM 2011

In the second session of the night we had Mr. Cheam Toon Lee, the ex-chief editor of East Malaysian newspaper, En. Zunar, Malaysiakini Cartoonist (who just won a pseudo “Nobel prize” for his courage in Cartooning the establishment), En. Hata Wahari, the ex-NUJ President & ex-Utusan Malaysia senior journalist.

The last speaker and the rose of the night, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.

Datuk Ambiga is the immediate Past President of Malaysian Bar Council and currently the Chairperson of BERSIH 2.0.

Datuk Ambiga won the “International Women of Courage Award” in 2009 which was presented to her by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington. Datuk Ambiga was chosen for the prestigious award, established by the US Department of State, for being a forerunner in advancing human rights, the status of women and religious tolerance in Malaysia.


From Left to Right: Zunar, Hata Wahari and Datuk Ambiga

From Left to Right: Moderator Mr. Shanker of Donplaypuks, Mr. Cheam Toon Lee & Zunar

This year’s Forum was attended by about 30 people. Many could not come (such as Mob & Helen & AVoice) and many won’t come, such as Rocky’s Bru who cannot attend now probably because he is now Datuk Ahirudin Attan; Haris Ibrahim of The People’s Parliament, Raja Petra from Malaysia-today (he is in London), Art Harun of ARTiculations, Zorro-Unmasked Bernard Khoo, Eric Woon of iammalaysian, Nuraina Samad of 3540 Jalan Sudin, Marina Mahathir of Ranting by MM (I think she is overseas), Fahri Azzat who blogs at LoyarBurok, Zainol Abideen of Mahaguru58, Zakhir, AVoice Salah of Another Brick in Wall (absence conveyed to Desi), Jeff Ooi who blogs at Screenshots but he is now a YB and so had no time for blogging) William Leong, Elizabeth Wong and many others who are also YBs of Selangor.

Well, Zunar said we should not be discouraged but to carry on blogging as he will start blogging soon. Hata Wahari has to blog soon as he can’t write for Utusan anymore. Datuk Ambiga may also have to start blogging soon.

Anyway, it was a fantastic night and we did have a good time. I hope YL Chong will start organizing the second forum soon which will include some good food and maybe, Anwar Ibrahim or Ibrahim Ali should be invited to speak. Maybe, we should also invite Najib or Rosmah to grace the occasion.

I will let Shanker and YL Chong write about the subject matters of tonight’s topic.

Good night!!!



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2 responses to “Tonight’s BUM 2011 Forum News

  1. Wasn’t my debut as Moderator brilliant? Ahem! Modesty prevails.

    And I did ask Nik Nazmi a very good question:

    “In M’sia we are not worried about freedom of speech but freedom after speech. So what guarantees do we have that civil serpents will not block us when we ask for files under the Selangot Freedom of Information Bill (yet to be passed and implemented).

    we are all of 1 Race, the Human Race

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