Sewaktu orang ramai berpusu-pusu ke Mid-Valley, sehingga menimbulkan kesesakan jalan yang luar biasa dan menjelang malam Hari Kekasih (Valentine's Day), kami berbicara tentang kebebasan siber dan saya berbicara tentang pengalaman laman-laman web pro-reformasi 1998-2001.
Berikut petikan berita Malaysian cyberactivists receive 'awards' (JGnews.com, 14 Februari 2004)
Several cyberactivists in Malaysia were recognised during an “awards” presentation for their work in advocating issues online during the launch of the book Asian Cyberactivism: Freedom of Expression and Media Censorship in Kuala Lumpur on 14th February 2004.
MGG Pilliai was noted for his one man prolific online contributions, while the Democratic Action Party was accredited for being the first political party to go online. But the person who stole the show was a man known affectionately as “Uncle Yap”.
The book launch was held at Cititel Mid Valley and was jointly hosted by Gerakbudaya – the Malaysian distributor - and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
Speakers included two of the book’s - itors Steven Gan, editor-in-chief and founder of malaysiakini.com, and James Gomez from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
Other speakers present were book reviewer Oon Yeoh, author and journalist; Masjaliza Hamzah from Sisters-in-Islam (SIS), and Fathi Aris Omar, freelance writer and malaysiakini.com columnist.