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Friday, October 26, 2007

Bangsa Malaysia Northern Exposure

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Related post: One Voice, One Malaysia

Image hosting by PhotobucketIt's been almost exactly 2 months since the paradigm-breaking Bangsa Malaysia gathering here in Kuala Lumpur, back in August.

After much deliberation, the committee has decided that the next stop to spread the Bangsa Malaysia love would be up north, in Penang. In fact, not just exclusively for the folks living on the Pearl of the Orient, but for the whole Northern Peninsular West Coast - the Penangites, the Kedahans and also the Perlisians (or is it Perlisites?)...

The following event info has been taken from MageP's Lab:
Where: Penang
Exactly Where: Room A, Dewan Sri Pinang, Pulau Pinang
When: Saturday, November 3rd 2007
What time: 8:00pm

Unfortunately, Walski is scheduled to go out of the country the very next day, and so will not be able to make it to this event. Very unfrotunate, indeed.

But if the KL one was any indication, it will be an event you will not want to miss, if you are in the Northern locale. There will be a charge of a measely RM 10 per person, to cover rental and refreshment costs. Seriously, though - it's a small price to fork out to experience something that Walski personally had not felt in a very long time, prior to the KL event.

Think of it as foregoing a night out at the movies. Or 3 plates of char koay teow, give or take.
(the program, and more, in the full post)

The organizing committe has lined up a great program for northern leg of the Bangsa Malaysia tour. In conjuction with the night's activities, there will also be a forum entitled "One People, One Nation", which is open to anyone who's registered to attend the get-together later that evening. The forum starts at 5pm, with registration open from 4:30pm onwards. Scheduled to speak at the forum are:

1. Dato Seri Lim Chong Keat

2. Khoo Kay Peng (independent political analyst)

3. Malik Imtiaz Sarwar

4. Haris Ibrahim

Update @ 2351 hrs: Lucia Lai has informed Walski (via the comments) that in addition to the above, she has managed to get P. Ramakrsihnan, Aliran president, whom has accepted the invitation to speak at the event.

Please do note that the event can only accommodate up to 200 people, and is by invitation only. So, how to get an invitation? Check out SK Thew's post on this event for details. But here's a hint: it's as easy as sending an e-mail.

In case you were wondering what the KL event was like, have a look-see at Walski's report on it, which will also link you up with a host of other bloggers who reported on the night.

Again, it's an event celebrating the country's 50th year of independence - but with a difference. It's non-partisan, doesn't have the stench of a certain political coalition all over it, but most of all, the focus of the event won't be some lame-ass VIP that is of no real consequence. No siree...

The focus of the event will be YOU - celebrating you, and your inclusion in a much needed, long overdue ideal. Called, quite simply, Bangsa Malaysia.

Walski's Perlis state-belonging terminology conundrum footnote: Actually, what do you call someone from the state of Perlis? Perlisian sounds a lot like Parisian (which is okay), but Perlisite sounds like a cross between pelesit and parasite - neither of which are very complimentary (sorry, Perlis folks)! But for sure, Walski is pretty darn sure that it is not Perslistinian...