Kuala Lumpur, June 6 : The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) wants to recognise and honour Indian bloggers, in spite of constant criticism from them.
The majority of the Indian bloggers, numbering over 1,000 are critical of the MIC, said P. Kamalanathan, Putera MIC National Co-ordinator.
According to NST Online, Putera MIC will hold the Manya Blogger Awards 2008 ceremony in August to announce the best bloggers in nine categories.
The categories are Most Popular Male Blogger, Most Popular Female Blogger, Best Entertainment Blog, Best Multi-Authored Blog, Best Personal Blog, Best Photo Blog, Best Socio-political Blog, Best Tech Blog and Best Tamil Blog.
The majority of bloggers are students in the age group 23 and 24, said Putera MIC chairman for the ICT bureau, Novinthen Krishnan. "We still accept their views because young minds change the political world," he added.
Krishnan said that the 39 nominees were picked by Putera MIC and a group of professional bloggers.
"These nominees were chosen not only because they gave constructive criticism but they also offered ways to address issues affecting the Indians."
The winners will be chosen through an online poll at www.manyaawards.com and also by a team of three judges.
The one-month-long poll carries a weightage of 60 per cent while the judges' decision is 40 per cent.