CALD in Web 2.0

4 09 2009

Participants at the 6th CALD Communication Workshop in Hong Kong discuss communication and marketing strategies for CALD.

How could CALD make better use of web 2.0?

1. Link (direct on CALD website to CALD’s Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, Youtube)

2. Make them more visible on the CALD Website

3. Having a shoutbox

4. Create its own CALDBOOK

What specific Web 2.0 features and tools would be best or most effective for CALD?

1. Document sharing among members

2. Survey tools

3. Political games (i.e. Restaurant City or Mafia Wars on FB)

4. More videos that are visible to all members

What can CALD do for your parties in this context?

1. Country visit and tecnical trainings of the party members in most needed countries

2. Upload videos of member party’s activities on CALD’s Youtube channel

3. CALD “Hotline”

Podcast Worskhop

28 04 2009

When I attended the capacity building workshop in February this year, I proposed a podcast workshop instead of vcast and I wonder why I did that. I am now attending a workshop I proposed but to find out that it is not popular in a country I work in and wonder how I should go about it.

I think podcast is something that not many are intersted in because we like to see things while listening. Listening without visual tends not to keep people attention long, maximum would be about 10 min.

But what happen if we have an interesting topic and intersting peopleton our show. That could be something! The solution is likely to be then I start doing my first episode soon for my project and leave it for a while. Then check with friends if we should continue and just scrap it. Good solution?????

Blending the New Media in your work

21 06 2007


How many of you used email 10 years ago or 15 years ago? This was one of the very first questions the trainers asked their participants during Bridging the New Media training cum workshop organised by Southeast Asia Center for e-Media or SEACeM in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11 – 15 June 2007. I proudly nodded and hands up. I for one was fortunate to have chances to be familiar with internet in the past 10 – 15 years.


The title of the seminar is quite interesting – bridging the new media for managers. To have a full understanding of what it really meant I asked the CEO of Malaysiakini and SEACeM, Premesh Chandran – what was it all about, what was the main objectives and what inspired him? He said that normally whenever he organised ICT training, ICT people or the techky participated. In fact, they are already familiar with the technology and perhaps was not necessary for them to come. When they return to their organisations, we expect that the communication strategy of their organisation could be improved. On the contrary, the communication strategy may be discussed in the organisations but without those techky or rather that their voices were overwhelmed by communication managers – (who know how to write but know little or nothing how technology works). Moreover, the miscommunication between those techky and their managers remains unsolved as the managers could not understand the technical terms explained to them. This resulted in the planning of communication strategy without knowing they can do more and things can be done in many different ways with technology. This workshop is for managers to know how the technology works and how they can blend it in their works.


I always like the participatory approach wherever I participate in the training or workshop. This training cum workshop does not let me down, therefore a lot of contribution from the floor. The workshop did not focus exclusively on technology but also on planning and strategy, marketing and management. How do you plan your communication strategy and how the new media fits in?


So much so about the training, let’s turn now to things outside the training room. I was happy to meet other Thai and other Asian participants. We spent time after the class and below are some photos of people I met and food we enjoyed…



Can communication be without techology in today’s world?

21 06 2007

It was Monday morning and I saw International Herald Tribune lying on my desk. I thought my boss must have something urgent for me to read. I quickly noticed the front page article titled “Telecom Minister who does not use email. Meet the Thai who banned You Tube”. I am amazed. How come our telecomunication minister Mr. Sitthichai Paokaiyaudom said that not many people visit You Tube and that it is not an essential website! If the site is not so popular, why blocked access to it? He could not have surprised me more when he said that he finds email unnecessary and phone call is more important. I absolutely agree with the author Thomas Fuller that you can never have a telecommunication elsewhere who does not email and does not recognize the popularity of You Tube except, what he termed it, “only in the new Thailand”.

Thai Telecommunication Minister who banned You Tubeflintstone.jpg

This brought back my discussion with my boss in Kuala Lumpur last week about communication and technology. I remember I asked him if a communication manager who can write well should also know about technology so that the message can reach out more widely. Or is it ok for communication manager to write well and know nothing or little about technology. To me, communication and technology is inseparable. Technology is a communication tool and it is the way.


I discussed the issue again with my two sisters at home: how is it possible for working people to avoid using technology. She then shared with me her experience at work. She said that for her and her ex-university friends, technology has made her career in architectural working environment much easier. She can use CAD and many other related programmes to design the structure of any building. Whereas people above her age, 40 plus, would be more familiar with hand-drawing. Those group of people find it difficult to adjust to technology driven working environment and as a result tend to reject ideas of young graduates.


I always consider myself as a low technology person. But even with people like me, we think of technology as not only necessary but important communication tool now and in the future. We all have a choice either to catch up with it and live comfortably in the new world or sit back and relax let the world be flat and we don’t even notice it. I would prefer to have at least the basic knowledge on new media and fit in the world with full of new technologies…

Bloggers United Malaysia: embrace and engage…

24 05 2007

I have the below information on Bloggers United Malaysia 2007 from a friend last week and since i needed to be in Kuala Lumpur at that time i decided to participate. One of the first attraction of the programme was apparently the choice of speakers, especially Jeff Ooi. It is of course not because he is the most famous blogger who has inspired many bloggers in Malaysia but because I know him and realise his quality of work – not to mention that my organisation had invited him to conduct training at least two times.

There was a mixture of old and young people. Most of them blog about current affairs with a few who blog about anything else. One blog in particular is Daphne Ling who said that she managed to raise fund through her blog by sending information to a few famous blogs. I asked what made it successful and she replied it was the power of blogging.

On top of that, i found it interesting to learn that about one hundred people were willing to pay for their participation with a simple explanation that they do not want the foreign organisation to have an influence on the event. I later heard about this again from another person the following day!


Initially I questioned whether it was necessary for bloggers to meet face to face as they are supposed to write and share their ideas only in cyber-world. Sam explained to me that it was a new social phenomenon in a sense that it pushes blogging into another level – it is a platform between purely physical gathering and virtual meeting. Bloggers who first meet online in cyberspace can embrace and engage each other through physical gathering to provide support, especially in time of need. This perhaps helps to explain why a few bloggers have moved forward to create National Alliance of Bloggers (NAB), especially after Jeff Ooi and Rocky Bru, the two leading bloggers in Malaysia, have been sued by the NST. The aim of the NAB is to protect bloggers and to promote blogging.

All speakers seemed to link their few words to current media situation in Malaysia – how the government has created and imposed a system to control blogging community. I am not surprise to hear some complained about the lack of or limited freedom of press. I also do in my own country especially during this period of time. In Thailand, the government has already issued a law to control blogs which go against the government. I believe each individual has their freedom to write or say or do whatever they like to. Of course, they must take full responsibility of their own action and word.

During the discussion, i heard some people asked if bloggers should use their own name or remain anonymous. I found this an interesting question as I just created a new blog ( and keep it anonymous. I previously had one under my real name but the current situation in the country led me to create another. For me, registering own name helps add credibility to the blog, but it is absolutely up to each individual to decide.

Why do they need to remove YouTube video clip?

4 05 2007

(Following my family and friend advice, I decided to remove the clip of the King in You Tube. Although I strongly do not agree with the idea of removing them and the new cyber law initiated recently, for the happiness and peace and with regret there will no longer be such clips in this blog). 

When I was in East Malaysia I heard from my Malaysian friends that Thailand blocked access to the YouTube video clip which showed inappropriate pictures of our king. I quickly switched on my notebook and tried to access YouTube. It did work! I saw a few clips of the King. This made me thinking what was the point of blocking the access to the clips in Thailand while people around the world can see and make joke of the country and the monarchy. Was it to protect innocent Thais from getting angry with people who made those clips? How could the government be sure that by blocking the access most innocent Thai people who love their king wholeheartedly would not try other alternative sources just to have a peep of the clips?


We are now in the digital age where information flows across border so easily. Should not we just let it go? People have the rights to information and freedom of expression. They can use their own judgement. Why can’t they make joke of the monarchy in Thailand when they can make joke of the monarchy in the UK!! By blocking the access and announcing it would sue YouTube because they did not agree to remove the clips, the government has indirectly encouraged people to look for those clips making it even more popular and more importantly unnecessarily created unseen enemies outside the country.

Two Popular Malaysian Bloggers sued

22 01 2007

Recently followed the news in Malaysian papers and got surprised about law on internet that it has taken effect faster than we expected. For news information:

This issue has not only attracted bloggers inside the country but the message has reached bloggers worldwide who have made attempt to campaign in support of the two bloggers – Jeff Ooi with his screenshots and Ahirudin Attan of Rocky’s Bru. To support the campaign, visit

Is this shows how limited freedom of expression in Malaysia is.