So we crammed into the backroom of Raman's shop yesterday evening (many didn't even make it into that inner sanctuary, and had to stand outside - such was the press of the crowd) to hear Farish and friends (his self-confessed fans Mac Zulkifli and Yusseri Yusoff who bring their techie know-how to the site). The Other Malaysia promises to be an extremely interesting place to hang out.
Many of Farish's articles and columns are posted there already, and the site is set to grow as projects take off and contributions from "young researchers, scholars and activists" flow in. It is a site with a mission, which aims to stir up debate and act as a resource "for those who wish to learn more about Malaysia’s complex and plural history".
And to me it illustrates one of the best and nost exciting things about the internet - that writers are prepared to make significant effort to put valuable content into the public domain ... and for free. Thank you.
The event was also a great occasion also to meet friends and gossip with like-minded souls and I enjoyed myself thoroughly.