Thursday, January 18, 2007

These lips

Pening kalau KL hujan. Takyah nak banjir pun jalan tersekat sana sini. You really can't get around anywhere.

After I finished my event at Palace of the Golden Horses, aku took a detour ke my favourite place, izzi kat Bukit Bintang (sebab ada wifi percuma). It's a great cafe, with ambience, good food, and more importantly, free wifi and an air-conditioned damned smoking section - something missing in bloody restaurants and cafes nowadays.

Aku nak hantar dua news stories, so senang kalau takyah gerak balik office...after all it's bloody 7pm kat memana pun takleh gi. So baik dok sini, watch the world go past, as I puff on a ciggy, enjoy my garlicbread and tomato soup for starters as I finish my work, and of course, update my blog.

Event tadi seronok sebab walaupun ketandusan kehadiran A-list artistes, I got to catch up with many people I haven't met in a while.

My favourite nasyid group, Rabbani (yes...I love them ok...them and Nowseeheart - the best vocal group in Malaysia) were there, and I got to chat sikit ler. Rindu lama tak jumpa, so sempat ler sok sek sikit.

Then jumpa si Velvet yang lama ilang. I think the last I met her was at least three or four months ago.

But the first person I bumped into was Bob, yang rushing sebab dia nak ciao ke rehearsal Anugerah Juara Lagu. Mak aih!!! Rambut very the wakil Sarawak, championing the hornbills of the state gituh. Bangga gila ler orang nih sebab ada identity kampung dia di tayang.

Kalau ikutkan orang nih lak...dia kata cam Lotter punya rambut lak. For me...keji la Bob wat rambut camtuh!!!

Tengah interview sana sini, nampak ler bebudak Lips. Hah...ada pun. Apa agik...feeling terjah ler si Oshin nak tanya tul ker dia yang kena terjah Melodi. Jawapannya...of course not ler.

By the way, Oshin yang belah kiri sekali in the pic kalau korang tak cam.

Tapi kalao nak story penuh, kena la beli The Malay Mail esok. Promo gitu....yerlah...tu carik makan ni suka suka. Mana leh cita semua kan?

Tapi esok ada gak cita Azwan cabar Mawi. Nak tau...pepandai ler.

Anyway...sempat gak sembang ngan kak Shahila and kak Aina...veteran production tuk Akademi Fantasia. Tahun nih meka tak terlibat, so topik quite safe ler.

But thanks kak Aina for the info yang Mawi@Mauritius akan ditayang pada 5hb Februari.

So sesapa yang minat Mawi nak tengok the production helmed by kak Aina, or sesapa nak tengok aku shopping ngan Mawi ( diri sendiri lak), tune in and check it out.

Korang nak advanced punya viewing kena la usha back entry blog aku masa cita Mauritius ler.
But worth catching it...if not for Mawi, for the beautiful sights of Mauritius. Memang best gila.

Aku nak tengok sebab nak layan nostalgia (gituh) teringat masa jalan jalan kat sana. Aduh...bila nak ke sana lagik.

Good news again today for the design team. Semalam dapat berita Wanie hopefully akan dapat Maya Karin, pending approval of designs, while Nizam punya meeting with abang Rosyam went well, and in fact, kejap agik nak jumpa Nizam sebab abang Rosyam ada offer something lagik.

Dapat ler contract harap-harapnya...if all goes well..nampaknyha company aku on track ler nih.
Ok ler...that's all for this entry. Esok posting baru...

By the way, you guys may already know of two bloggers being sued.
One I consider the coolest boss and mentor I ever had in Rocky (Rocky's Bru) and the other, an iconic blog that everyone knows in Jeff Ooi (Screenshots). The question is...where now lies the freedom of speech now?
...and why are we so good at setting the lousiest firsts.
Oh well... Malaysia boleh kan? We keep uttering that so many times...that it's actually starting to make sense even for me.

This is my actual plea to all bloggers top take note. A movement called Bloggers United has been started. The online support campaign tak mintak pun korang nak bagik duit ker haper.

All you need to do, is put up this on your blog.

Yes, it's that simple?

And why would you do that?

Well, it makes sense for every blogger in Malaysia, or Malaysian bloggers irregardless of wherever you guys are, to join in, and indirectly speak out against the possibility of blog censorship.

If this landmark event actually turns out negatively, what could happen is, all bloggers would then be open and subject to much harassment.

I think we all blog because we all somehow believe in freedom of expressing our thoughts... responsibly of course...

But now, with two major bloggers being sued, it's no laughing joke anymore. While people who choose to remain anonymous, get away with online murder, we, those of us who dare reveal ourselves and take responsiblity for our thoughts...our words, now may have to live in fear with every word we post.

This is a reality.

So do your part. This is not a pledge of support for anyone in particular. Do it for no one else but yourself if that helps to sway you into joining the movement.

To add this button to your page, just CLICK HERE to get your buttons.

If you missed the train and need to know what sparked all this off, head on over to these blogs, Rocky's Bru or Screenshots.

Since some companies block access to these blogs, or you may find these two too serious, head over to Amir's blog to find out what in Cheetara's spotted spandex is going on. He's a former colleague of mine, who proves that a mind is indeed a terrible thing to unite!

Below is the joint statement of from Bloggers United.

Blogger United Condemn Action Against Rocky Bru & Jeff Ooi & Demand Level Playing Field in All Action Against Bloggers

This is the official statement of Bloggers United. This statement is jointly drafted by Susan Loone and Sheih of Kickdefella. All those who believe in justice and right to free speech, please sign on and put this up in your blogs. Spread it around; let it grow far and wide. The fight is on! See also kickdefella.

We are a group of Malaysian bloggers who believe in justice and right to free speech. We, who endorse the Bloggers United movement , unanimously condemn the action taken by media conglomerate NST against bloggers Rocky Bru and Jeff Ooi. The action by the newspaper against the duo is an action against all bloggers who believe in their right to free speech, freedom of expression and justice.

The recent event may seem like a grave development in the path of bloggers, but it can never and must never impede or stop us from defending our right to speak, to express, to write and to tell the truth, to be the watchdog, eyes and ears of the people, or simply to share our view, and give fair comment on any subject which involves and affects us as humans, as rightful citizens of this country.

The recent event may very well give the government owned media the opportunity to dictate the so-called 'truth" but such actions only prove that bloggers must unite , continue to uphold the right to free speech and freedom of expression, fight for justice, even if it is not our own, be more alert, committed to the cause of free speech, relentless and persistence in the face of such persecution like the one which had befallen on the two of us.What YOU do to any of US, is what YOU do to ALL.

As responsible bloggers, we demand and claim our space on the blogosphere for free and fair comment, where important national issues and prominent personalities are discussed.

Although it may seem as if the NSTP defamation suits will have a chilling effect on freedom of bloggers, as litigation can be expensive and may jeorpadise a blogger's economic position, we will not be cowed or silenced by those who have no regard for free speech.

If you find our post offensive, you may refute us with correct facts and figures and fair comment, in the spirit of free speech.

The first two cases will have grave impact not only on the internet, but country as a whole as the country celebates VMY2007. The healthy, mature and democratic growth for free speech and expression in our midst is at stake.

The reputation of the nation as it strives to promote our multimedia supercorridor and love for IT will be a national joke for all the world to feast on.

We demand for a level playing field in all action meted out to bloggers and in particular in the defamation proceedings particularly in terms of financial resources and capabilities, and secondly, that the legal rights of bloggers et al are properly protected in keeping with the imperatives of an information society and knowledge economy which Malaysia aspires to become.