Yes, that's right! And since I have a blog too, I'm gonna tumpang glamour with this award and bask in the glory.
Some people in the government who - prior to the 12th General Elections - had called the SoPo bloggers names like "Goblok" and so on, won't be too pleased. But it's a fact that bloggers and made a significant impact in Malaysian society, and Mat Cendana is thanking the Malay Mail for acknowledging this openly. Below is part of the report in Malay Mail. You may also click on the picture above for more details about this award [Cut and Paste from Malay Mail follows below and until the end]
Undeniably, when the existence of the whole new world of Blogosphere was discovered by Malaysians, it came as a shock to many. The Blogosphere is an unfettered domain where anything and almost everything goes.
Initially treated for contempt or suspicion with its manya- time unchallenged conventions, blogging in Malaysia has grown from its beginnings of being mainly personal musings into a full-bloomed phenomenon unparalleled in 2008, where the poignancy of this group has been acknowledged by all quarters, especially after the general election.
But the voice of bloggers was already being heard in many non-political sectors even before, especially in the advocacy of humanitarian values for the less fortunate. There are individuals and groups who have influenced the ways through which Malaysians can spread the chain of helping others live a better life through sharing their own experiences and promoting awareness.
This is evident in those who advocate breaking down the barriers of the marginalised, such as Persons With Disabilites or People Living with AIDS and even those who share their health experiences, such as breast cancer survivors.
Today, without doubt, blogging has come to be embraced as part of the Malaysian way of life.
Interactivity by using the world’s most accessible medium — the web — has become a norm, bringing with it new dimensions in connecting people, and for the masses to exercise the rights to live in dignity, to inform and to be informed. In pushing for greater freedom of expression and thought — and communicating all these in whatever communities they belong to, Malaysian bloggers have undoubtedly made positive changes to the lives of their fellow men.
Free and fast, blogging evolved from being a youngster’s domain into, the single biggest phenomenon of the year that was. It came of age. For that, Malaysian Bloggers have been chosen as Your Voice of the Year 2008.