Thursday, November 01, 2007

Blogging and Negaraku....

A lad, a university student still in his teen from the generation of my grandchildren while on a holiday recently watch me on TV. He is among the millions who watch that Talk Show on TV9 that day. Most I believe just watch it as another entertainment programme but some do listen to it attentively and one of the person is this lad. After watching it he wrote to me and said that my talks do open his mind toward what blogging is all about. Before that he has a totally different views of what blogging is. He thanks me and say that he like what he saw and heard and he might start blogging. I replied thanking him for been so sincere and told him that he should try blogging. And guess what!!. He did just that and this is his blog. And I believe some of you have already visited his blog and found him to be a resourceful person for his age. I am indeed glad that at least another young Malaysian have start blogging and this add to the thousands that are already enjoy blogging and by doing that contributing contents to the Internet. Remember by blogging you activate your thinking cap and for the young it would open up their minds and start to think outside the box. Student would be more knowledgeable and resourcefully and this would made them easily marketable after graduation. We should remember that when we share information we also get to learn more from the feedback. Knowledge is like that, the more we talk about it the richer our knowledge would be. Interaction of knowledge between more people makes the knowledge richer and more useful.

Science and technology are changing our world very fast indeed. Television and the Computer are going to converge into one. Because of this blogging is going to be a very powerful tool, more powerful then the present media like the Radio, TV and the Newspaper. Together with You Tube I believe it would become an alternative if not competitive media with the old media as the means of disseminating news to the masses. But some in our society has yet to come to grasp with this new media. A media where the rakyaat [ the people] would be the sources of future news. Just imagine there are Newspapers or Radio station or TV station in every corner of the country where individual are the owner, the producer, the editor of the programmes that are accessible all over the country and the world. That is what Blogging and You Tubing are going to be in the near future. Soon Blogs like this could be the Subang Jaya Post, this could be the Pasir Mas Post, this could be The Klang Post, this could be De Politique, this could be Business Post, this could be De Source and so on, spreads all over the country. All these Blogs would be the source of firsthand news that you get on your laptop or your PDA all days long. That scenario is not an impossibility but would be a reality once the rakyaat get to understand of what Blogging and You Tube are all about and how it could change the society and fast forward reform in the Malaysian society, thus change the Malaysian mindset into a global thinker.

It is already a reality in the west, where politician and businessman are using blogging to reach the masses and it is working well. But sad to say some of ours are still in the dark of what blogging and You tube are. They have not really understood the philosophy of the new tools as yet. I hope that they wake up fast to the reality of what the Internet and blogging could do to improve the quality of the civil society in this country. Where accountability and transparency would be the norms. A society that is as democratic as never before. Where the power of dissemination information are in their hands rather in the few. That my friends is Blogging and You tubing. The future is here already.

Our former Prime Minister Tun Dr.Mahathir once said that we had missed the Industrial revolution but we should not miss this new revolution, The ICT Revolution. To me this new revolution is not about creating Cyber cities like Cyberjaya or Super Corridor here and there only where the players are the makers of hardware and software only. It should includes the ordinary rakyaat as well. And this is where the Internet especially blogging and You Tubing come into play. I have pointed that the Malaysian content in the Internet is much lacking and if we do not do anything about it we would again be the looser. So I hope institution like the Dewan Bahasa and Pusaka realised soon and start putting contents on the Internet, like a virtual database on Malaysian culture, their research works so that Malaysian and other could easily get information.

The above blogs that I highlighted are but a few example and it belong to my blogger friends. The imaginary title of their blogs are just of my own doing and I hope they would not mind it. It is just an example. There are already thousand of Malaysian blogs that provide posting on various issue and soon there would be more and more. I believe that in the not too distance future there would be blogs in every corners of the country. These blogroll sites Bolehblogs, Sopo, PPS shows some statistic of the blogging scene in Malaysia. It sure going to change the way of how we get information. Even now people look to Blog to get the latest news of the happening, especially so on the socio political scene of the country.

Folks I am not dreaming but just been an optimist. Have a nice day. [note: Negaraku mean Homeland]


Anonymous said...

Pak Idrus,

your enterpretation on blogging is so TRUE

SADLY.. there are parties being so eptimistic about blogging. and yet promoting ICT.

all the best and take care.

Bustaman said...

Blogging is a part of "The Rights To Information" revolution. Information used to belong to the powers that be. They share what they want to share and what they want us to know.
Now, we get many sides of the story and we can surmise or conclude as we see fit.
Power to the Bloggers!

Pak Idrus said...

anonymous, thanks for the visit and sharing you thoughts . Happy that we think alike. Have a nice day and take care.

Pak Idrus said...

bustaman, Pok ku thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of my posting. I am glad that we share the same views on the subject of blogging and its effect on the society. Have a nice day.

Zawi said...

pak idrus,
I have visited Akmal's site after reading his comment on my postings. How surprised I was to find that he is from Rantau Panjang. Now at least I know of a fellow blogger not far from my place.
Thanks for using my site as an example of a blog from Pasir Mas. definitely I wont mind as I regard it as an honour to put mine on the the same plane as Rocky's Bru, Ancient Mariner, Subang Jaya Post, Screenshots etc.
Your own contribution to the bloggers world is top of the world after your appearance on TV.

Pak Idrus said...

zawi, thanks for the visit and those kind words. Akmal is one of the many young Malaysia that are onto blogging and giving a new dimension to the blogging world. These young blogger are going to be the champion of blogging from now onward. By the time they get to our age blogging would have evolved to a technology that would be beyond our wildest dream.

We all have to play our role with wisdom so that the future of blogging is assured and remain within our value and norms. Have a nice day.

Rita Ho said...

Very well-said, Pak Idrus. It was from your blog that I went over to Akmal's site. He has taken the informative approach in his writing, your exact suggestion of what blogging should be, especially the young.

Another experience I think they will gain is the confidence to speak up. I don't know what the trend in Malaysia is these days but a few years ago, it was difficult for me to get young adults to express their ideas openly. This was especially true of those who were obviously bright and had much to share. Some have a fear of public speaking even in small groups but most were afraid of being judged empty vessels. Blogging, I believe, will provide them the comfort zone, a personal platform or stage to practice voicing their thoughts freely.

Have a great weekend, Pak Idrus.

Akmal said...

Asslamualaikum Pak Idrus,

I'm very honored here.

I am onto blogging to give the readers and me myself something to think about. People need to think, and this is the way I found out suits me the best.

I am a student; very young and crave for more exposure on what happen on our beloved vountry and the world, and WWW is the best place ever(",).

Pak Idrus said...

rita, thanks for the visit and the kind words on my posting. Yes, I agree with you that Blogging has open a new zone for young Malaysian to open up and 'speak'. Its good for them and the country as well. If Akmal is an example of the young Malaysian Blogger, then it augur well for Malaysia. Let get more to blog.

The country is still young and need all the inputs to makes it a better place to live and enjoy life. It is changing very fast indeed. The Klang Valley is the first world with its own economy.

No one should fear writing but alway be responsible of what you post. Letting out steams without reason do nobody any good. Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

akmal,thanks for the visit and your additional input on the subject. I am indeed glad that you understood the need to acquire knowledge. Only with knowledge that we would be able to progress.

You mentioned 'thinking', that Akmal is very important. For only with thinking that we may be able to learn more. Most people just believe and this is the beginning of their fall. You may believe but it is the thinking that would bring progress to mankind. Have a nice day.

Hi&Lo said...

Pak Idrus,

Agree with Bustaman. Information is empowering. Ignorance is not bliss.

Pak Idrus said...

hi&lo, great to have you back. Well we do think alike.

BTW Akhmal is looking for you. Have a nice day and take care.

Thanks for the visit.

Hanafi Mohd Noor said...

Pak Idrus, I am beyond words, I am honored to be taken as example. Semoga Allah murahkan rezeki Pak Idrus, kurniakan kesihatan yang baik dan panjangkan umur saudaraku Pak idrus.
you are always the source of inspiration to us.

Pak Idrus said...

hanafi, thanks for the visit and the kind words on this posting. Your blog is different that is why I choose yours to highlight as an example. That is why I advice you to get a new name for your blog, because a brand is very important as we go along in blogging.

More people would visit your blog and one of these days it would be a source to get knowledge on business. It is a beginning and as an optimist I think you are on the right track in blogging of what you know best, i.e. Entrepreneurship. I believe you would be successful in your endeavor.

Have a nice day and take care.