The well organised event took place last night at the glamorous 11th floor restaurant of the Imperial Hotel Kota Kinabalu overlooking the South China Sea. The bands were cool, food was delicious, and everyone was looking groovy.
There never was a dull moment when the lively DJ Selina and her sidekick took the stage as the MCs for the event.
Obviously, everything would not be possible without the hardworking organizing committee – the lovely Jacq, Gallivanter (Da Dude), Wei Chuen (you are tall), KadazanBonita (so anggun), PapaJoneh, Impedius, Julian and Farah. I think I chatted briefly with Julian (or was it Impedius). Anyway, hats off to them. I imagine it would be a hard one to top.
Meeting fellow bloggers including Sabahan.com readers face to face was an interesting experience. I’ve met Don (apparently he is one of my subscribers), Lorna (I thought you looked familiar even before we chatted), Pinolobu a.k.a Ben (I already knew you), the famous Elphege Godomon the TV3 reporter.
It was last year when a Malaysian Minister accused bloggers as liars. According to him out of 8000 of 10,000 unemployed bloggers are women and bloggers have nothing better to do than spreading rumors to disunite the country. Some even resorted to labeling bloggers as Monkeys, Gobloks and Pondan.
Such comments may stem from the lack of understanding of the blogging medium. A medium which may have played a role in the shocking outcome witnessed during the recent general election.
I don’t know to what extent, but it’s enough for the government to reverse their anti-bloggers stance to be the friend of bloggers. For starters, Ahmad Shabery Cheek, our new Information Minister has created a new TV show in RTM inviting bloggers to talk about specific issues about this alternative media.
As announced by the Malaysian Securities Commission (SC) recently, they have now started to block access to several illegal investment scheme websites. This measure started yesterday, Monday 11 Jun 2007. At the time of this writing, the popular ones such as SwissCash.net and SwissMutualFund.Biz are no longer accessible from within Malaysia.
If data from Alexa.com can be taken into account, Malaysian is by far the largest group of investors in Swiss Cash
Without them, the scheme is already dead. I believe the majority of these investors do not know how to use proxy servers to get around this restriction. Without fresh money coming in – it’s the end of the road for Swiss Cash.
However last time I checked via a proxy, SwissCash.Net seemed to have difficulties serving their pages – perhaps an indication that it’ll be shut down soon by the operator?
Anyone who is not a US citizen, working on the Internet and get paid in US dollar is feeling the pinch of the weaker dollar.
At the same time, the local currency, Ringgit Malaysia is moving in the opposite direction and is getting stronger by the day. That means the checks I get from Google AdSense, or affiliate commissions from CJ worth less today than they were just a month ago.
If you are a blogger doing pay per post at your blog, you are actually making less money for the same amount of work.
You can choose to receive payments in Ringgit Malaysia if this option is available but from my experience, the service charge for such service and exchange rate they use are probably costlier than when you opt for US dollar payment and exchange it yourself at your local bank.
According to an article published in The Star Online recently, Malaysia’s Securities Commission (SC) is going to block access to illegal investment schemes operated by some 60 websites after it received 720 complaints and queries.
However no mention on how this will be done and who are they going to work with (MCMC & Telekom?) in order to achieve the objective of preventing access to those websites.
Whether this measure will also block those who try to bypass the restriction by surfing via anonymous proxy will remain to be seen.
Check out SC’s alert list to find the list of websites which are not authorised nor approved under the local securities laws
This is an unwelcome development for those get rich schemes investors. But you still have time to act accordingly as the SC’s exercise to block the website will begin on June 11 2007.
I always applaud the press for highlighting important issues that could help the public avoid scam websites in their excitement trying to generate extra income from the Internet.
But not this time, recently Utusan Online has published an article about several websites which according to MyCert, the Malaysian Computer Emergency Response Team are offering questionable investment schemes.
Pusat Keselamatan Siber Malaysia mengenal pasti 37 laman web yang dipercayai menawarkan aktiviti pelaburan skim cepat kaya melalui Internet berdasarkan aduan yang diterima daripada orang ramai dalam tempoh dua tahun lalu.
Antara laman web yang menawarkan pelaburan mencurigakan ialah www.carigold.com, www.cakapgold.com, www.jutawan.org, www.jomklik.com, www. gurumalaysia.com, www. wangcyber.com, e-bazaar2u. com dan www.bicarajutawan. com.
Pemangku Pegawai Ketua Eksekutif pusat itu, Leftenan Kolonel (B) Husin Jazri berkata, orang ramai mudah tertarik dengan laman-laman web itu kerana ia kononnya menjanjikan pulangan lumayan dalam jangka masa singkat.
The New Strait Times has recently published a story about several Malaysian who are making money on the Internet. The article featured three full-time Malaysian Internet entrepreneurs namely Samsul Zamzuri Abu Bakar (Alang), Gobala Krishnan and Liew Cheon Fong.
This is the kind of story that inspires people as it proves to them that there are ways to make real money online without getting involved in the dangerously popular get rich quick schemes.
Alang’s five figures income is derived from more than 15 websites. He got several blogs where he hires bloggers from countries like the US , and New Zealand to write the content.
His top revenue earners are directory websites where people pay to get listed. His number two money-earner is his first website at osx-e.com.
OK here’s another attempt from me to write a post in Malay. I hope this will benefit those searching for this info in Malay.
Saya telah menulis tentang panduan yang dikeluarkan oleh Suruhanjaya Sekuriti untuk membantu orang ramai mengenal pasti pelaburan palsu melalui Internet.
Dalam usaha saya menghasilkan pos tentang Swiss Cash dan pelaburan skim cepat kaya melalui Internet, saya telah terserempak dengan beberapa isu yang sering dijadikan alasan untuk terus melabur dalam skim sedemikian.
Mungkin pos ini tidak akan disenangi oleh sesetengah pembaca, tapi suka tak suka, inilah jawapan saya kepada persoalan yang sering diutarakan berkenaan dengan skim ini.
1. Kenapa rakyat Malaysia suka melabur dalam skim cepat kaya?
Sebenarnya bukan rakyat Malaysia saja yang suka melabur dalam skim sebegini. Penduduk negara lain turut terpengaruh dengan skim sebegini.
It looks like the recent failure to require bloggers to register with the government does not put a stop to their eagerness from coming up with another way to control web blogs.
Yesterday, Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin proposes that the government has to classify web bloggers as professionals and non-professionals in an attempt to prevent ‘misuse of blog sites’.
He believed that professional bloggers were those who where more responsible in ensuring that their web content was based on the truth and not rumors. This certainly helps them in identifying bloggers that ‘have violated the country’s law.
It made me wonder if he even noticed why the previous proposal to register bloggers was met with strong criticisms on the Internet and rejected by the Prime Minster himself.
Perhaps the classification will not be made mandatory and perhaps he hopes that bloggers who choose not to register will not be viewed as trustworthy.
The following is an abstract from Edisi Siasat a TV program from a local TV station, NTV7, about skim cepat kaya melalui Internet or the Internet get rich schemes.