This entry is a tribute to GMN.
May 13th is never the same for (overseas) Malaysians! No, I’m not speaking of the infamous 13th May 1969 racial riot that’s permanently etched in history. That was 49 years ago! On 13th May 2018, facebook saw a new group coming to live. Global Malaysian Network, better knows as GMN, was created by some of the heroes from GE14 Postal Voting Group.
*I still owe my own GE14 voting story, will get around to that some other time.
I digress, back to GMN – Happy 1st month anniversary!!!
In their own words:
“Global Malaysians Network. Inspired by the GE14 Postal Voters Amazing Race, this group was created on 13 May 2018 to connect Malaysians all over the world to continue the momentum and keep everyone updated on what’s going on in our beloved country, discuss how we can potentially help in the effort to rebuild our beloved motherland, exchange any information or even get advise/support from fellow Malaysians on any other matters. Salam Malaysia Baharu ! 🇲🇾️ (Truly redefining May 13) “
I only came across this group 2 days after it was formed! Hundred of posts daily on GE14 postal voters page drowned that announcement I guess. Little did I know that kind of ‘madness’ in GE14 postal voter’s group for a purpose, can continue weeklong in another group!!
But, I am not complaining. It was a lucky find indeed. I have never come across so much of discussions among Malaysians, about anything & everything under the sun, all under one roof! To date, there are 24,336 members, and still counting….
Though that pales in comparison to the 1.9million Malaysians reported to be living overseas. Though to be fair, you have to exclude the underages & those without facebook. So, this number is truly a feat!
I am not exaggerating at all when I say >90% of the posts consist of food!!! Malaysian food mostly. Thank God I live in a country where I can get them freely, pity those members living in faraway places without Malaysian food, and unable to get all the ingredients to make it themselves.
My immune system has been playing tricks on me for the past 1 month, till I was sick of being sick. Occupational hazard…sigh. Made up for lack of talking (except at work where I was coughing away & even chased away from badminton last week) due to limited socializing, by letting my fingers do all the ‘talking’ online. Spent a lot of time in bed, and was ‘wasting’ a lot of time scrolling through posts there & kaypohing. Man!! Have I ever laughed so much, ever!!
This was the first time when I wasn’t feeling homesick when I was sick :p. Thanks to all those awesome members of GMN. Found a lot of hometown kakis too.
1 month on, GMN still shows no sign of slowing down. There was a weekend, about 1 to 2 weeks into the birth of the group, all I saw was nothing but GMN posts on my facebook timeline. Some were jokingly wondering in GMN if their facebook was broken!?? My own facebook page posting reduced! Hahaha…was too busy beramah-mesra (socializing) in GMN.
I finally see less of GMN posts on my FB timeline, 1 week after turning off notifications!!
As long as every member adhered to house rules (which are mostly common sense – though that has become a rare commodity in the modern world), all civil discussions & just-for-fun stuffs trending were encouraged. Most members call out each other & self-police too. There were some controversial posts & comments too, but the GMN admins are an awesome bunch of people who do what is needed, when it is needed – macam pengawas sekolah LOL. I wasn’t affiliated with them, until 1 week ago – so these credits solely goes to the awesome bunch of admins & moderators! *claps
On 4th June, when I finally turned off my FB notifications from GMN, I was thinking of the last 4 days, and thinking to myself “Actually, this group is way tooo awesome”. Soooo awesome that it was addictive to keep reading the millions of questions posted & comments that ensued. So much so, even friends ended up talking about how addictive GMN is, while on whatsapp and on phone! Speaking of kicking off addiction, slowly weaning off. Going cold turkey will create more withdrawal symptoms 😉
This post of mine in GMN ‘landed me in hot soup’ – 4th June:
“Reflections of a small ikan bilis in this ever expanding sea of currently 23,069 fishes, who are mostly swimming overseas:
June has brought up so many interesting topics here, besides all the food porn 😋yang nampak sungguh enak & droolworthy.
Last Friday #ceritahantu – the hottest thread to date with 1000+ comments.👻
Saturday #carijodoh criterias yang amat kelakar – haven’t laughed so much in ages.🤣😂
Sunday & Today, all the romantic, rom-com & outright funny #kisahcinta😍 & heartwarming #supportgroup🤗 threads.
Amidst all these, we had the serious threads on #nationbuilding too.
😎Seriously, what not to love about GMN ler…
Pretty hard to stop kaypohing in here! Enjoying being able to use Bahasa Malaysia & Manglish 😜😝
All thanx to GE14 postal voters group, the founder and awesome admin & moderator team of GMN, and the miracle that ensued due to tsunami rakyat on 09.05.2018. This platform has definitely brought more Malaysians together & able to have more matured and open discussion.
P.S: Hope no rules against overusing emojis & hashtags, ye”
Last Sunday, there were 3 posts (that I saw) on nasi lemak!! Seriously, that is the worst evil temptation for any Malaysians! We used to get them at the end of every street, nook and crannies back home, especially come weekend. And to be flooded by the images online… 😦 Fortunately I was well & was already planning to get my nasi lemak bungkus fix that very day 😀 Else, I might have died of craving, after the month-long torture of looking at all those familiar & beloved food posts :p
It was my turn to be ‘evil’ and torture others with food posts. I wasn’t going to…but the dark force was stronger 😦 There were queries on where to get the nasi lemak bungkus that I shared about. So, made use of the last #promoMonday to promote the nasi lemak bungkus made by my friend’s friend & sold in a local grocery shop here on weekends.
250+ comments!! Crazeee…I don’t know about other countries, but for Malaysia – it only takes our food to bond the nationality! 😉
GMN has also become a place for strangers to share, and seek help/advice/opinion. There were even some jejak kasih posts recently – looking for long lost friends, who moved overseas. Very heartwarming…
We have some retired celebrities among us too.
A model who was born in my hometown, which was pretty much a kampung (village) – kampung girls rock! 😉
We have been recalling Malay proverbs/sayings in a post. They were members sharing their passion for reading via sharing book covers triggering discussion on books and reading habits & beautiful photography posts too. Open and matured religious discussions impressed me.
Personally, I have unknowingly started using lah again. 😮 Had to consciously stop myself at work, and speak proper English, instead of Manglish (as my brain setting seemed to have rewired that way in merely few weeks). My English vocabulary is expanding too, with words like showboating and chinwagging.
Heck! I was even inspired to write a poem after ages! Haha…a funny one, and my first pantun Melayu. Was feeling thankful for the beautiful winter Sunday♡
Here you go:
“Senja yang menjelma amat cantik sekali,
Di hari yang indah menjelang musim sejuk ini,
Lelampu solar berwarna warni,
Wahai sang matahari – marilah hari-hari! 🌞”
– 10.06.18 @ 2020H (AEST)
Whoever thinks facebook is a waste of time, think again of all the potential benefits
Whilst Malaysia has installed a brand new government to run it, patriotism runs high. Malaysian overseas are relishing in virtual bonding .Some get-togethers took place, many more pending. Some members have enjoyed their blind dates with virtual friends, and happy to say, everyone is safe so far…there have been talks of family dates too 😀
A few projects are on the way & subgroups are being formed. While the ice-breaking & camaraderie continues in this ever growing Global Malaysian Network, hoping to see more nation building projects/activities to come out of this global virtual networking, besides being the largest online mamak shop (where we talk and eat all day everyday 24/7)!
Now now, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Lets wait and see…
GMN is turning out to be a virtual home-away-from-home for many (did I mention >24,333) overseas Malaysians! At least I am blessed here – to have so many kawan-kawan from all walks of life who are originally from Malaysia. Some are more of a family to me. Can’t imagine people who don’t have any other Malaysians where you live. Even found someone who lives in my neighbouring estate, who said I am the second Malaysian she has come across in Melbourne! :0
As much as we could assimilate with the society in our adopted homes, a taste of home (both food :p & people) is food for soul! As someone mentioned in a GMN post comment, this feels like finding long lost cousins, that you never knew you had 😉
Barney (the purple dinasour) theme song song comes to mind…
Once again, “Happy 1 Monthanniversary/Birthday, dear Global Malaysian Network”!