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I certainly have my strong views on MIC especially it comes to highway issue (because of, you know who), Hindraf and Maika issues but certainly nothing personal against PMIC, considering how “tame” they has been compared to UMNO Youth fanatics. Tame in many ways indeed.
But things have changed since the last election, after MIC almost got wiped out. Changes have been slow, real slow (and I am not even talking about the “cosmetic” changes that was boasted by MIC leadership sometime ago) but at least it is moving in the right way (they are supportive of Hindraf’s calls to release those in ISA).
I have been “loosely” following up on PMIC’s Manya Blogger Award, not because the PMIC decided to do one (yes, the election tide has changed things – heck, UMNO Youth even decided to create a blog after all the names they called us bloggers before the election era) but rather wanted to see how PMIC been warming up to bloggers (I am aware that it is run by bloggers too) and how the responses has been so far.
However I have avoided “talking” about it, that is until Kavilan did this post. I must say that I was flattered and felt like need to say something (ya, I have voted for him).
But what is the purpose of this Manya Blogger Award in the first place? Why it was not done much earlier? Why now? Is it just a cheap PR stunt pulled by PMIC – I asked myself when I first heard about it. Anyone would have felt the same.
With that in mind, I saw this reason from the website:-
Manya Blogger Awards is an initiative by Putera MIC to recognize and honour the bests of all Malaysian Indian Bloggers. Manya, derived from Sanskrit, means honourable or respectable and here, we take the pride of bestowing first-of-its-kind awards to extraordinary Malaysian Indian Bloggers voted by the readers of Malaysian Indian blogging world.
Blogging is not only about freedom of speech, but it is also a tool to educate and create awareness amongst ourselves about the happenings, which in turn makes us knowledgeable.
The pool of bloggers of Indian origin in Malaysia may be only 1% of the total Malaysian bloggers, but the role that they play in disseminating information, sharing ideas and voicing lay people’s grievance, could not be denied. They have shown that they are not only capable of expressing themselves in words, but also have the capability to pull in foreign blog readers as well.
My, my things have certainly changed since I last looked up at the words “Ruling Political Parties & Bloggers” ha ha. I have been following up on some of the blogs posted by MIC leaders (haven’t seen one by dear old Samy although Dr M is active blogger now). Nothing to shout about but I can’t blame them though. It’s difficult to go against the party’s line within BN (SAPP tried the same but they are out now).
The thing is – it’s good that PMIC is acknowledging the work of Indian bloggers and doing up a proper recognition on their blogging contributions but I hope that change does not stop there.
Fancy awards, recognitions and in case of bloggers, traffic is certainly welcomed but for those who been working on issues relating to the community and the country as whole, a change in perception, attitude and political will on real issues is what we are looking out for.
But in the meantime, please vote the bloggers for the award here (certainly I have visited interesting new blogs)
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