As plans, I was at the studio of RTM [Radio and Television Malaysia] as a guest speaker on the Blog Program of RTM 1. It start at 8.40PM on Sunday October 19,2008. In that twenty minutes program I talk about the culture of Blogging in Malaysia. That this New Media would eventually take over from the Old Media. In it infancy Blog has already made an impact in delivering messages from the Rakyaat [the people]
Before Blogging the venue for the ordinary folks to get their voices heard was rather limited. It was always a one sided affair, one had to write to the Newspaper or magazine or write a book if one want to share information and ideas with the society. And as we all know too well it is not often that one could get one opine heard all the time in the Main Stream Media unlike what blogging could do. In Blogging one could share information and ideas all the time and this to me is good for the society, especially so for Malaysian who for the first time in its history had a tool to do that.. disseminate information to the masses which before that was the prerogative of the MSM [Main Stream Media] only. Now with Blogging and to a certain degree You Tube, the Rakyaat have a tool/mean to do just that. And today we see thousand of blogs in the Internet and in some ways do make its impact on the government as a feed back as well as providing info to the ordinary folks in making their political decision.
The host of the program also took the opportunity to ask me of my opinion on the political situation in the country now and as I had blog on this subject before..to me there should be a mindset change if the present political party want to get back the confidence of the Rayaat.
There was so much things to talk about but I believe I managed to drive the point that the New Media is here to stay and should not be taken for granted. I also stress that blogger should be responsible of what they blog and that freedom of expression has its limit especially so in the contact of the Malaysian society.
According to a poll taken during the show, at present only 21 percent of folks in their golden age in Malaysia blog, whereas the rest of the blogger are from the younger generation. I think more elderly folks should blog because it is healthy to blog, since by blogging the mind is always active. A healthy mind made a healthy body. I am happy that more and more young Malaysian has taken to blogging and hope that they would continue to contributes information and ideas which would eventually translate into a productive Malaysian society.
I thanks RTM for giving me this opportunity to talk about the culture of blogging and hope that those who watch the program would get some ideas of the power of blogging in a democracy.
Have a nice day.