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Random Ramblings of A Retired Retainer


Thursday, November 04, 2004

I wrote "Mujo" late Friday night and posted it in the first hour of Saturday, 23rd October. Nearly a week later, on October 29th, I saw the post on greasebar's blog. He received it from a friend and did not know then that it was mine. He even asked me via a comment on my doktong post to comment on it. Greasebar later graciously and gentlemanly updated the Mujo post on his blog with a credit and a link to the author. You have my gratitude, greasebar.

By October 31st, Beta-Blogger of Jalan-Jalan, who is in London, emailed me informing me that he had received the Mujo post via email more than once. Some even with corrections! He replied to the senders enlightening them of the original piece's author. The next day, while linking back the referrals on the Sitemeter, I came across a post Perspective in Alphabets, a blog belonging to a rare bird. This sweet bird is a friend of Mek Yam, a Malaysian living abroad. Mek Yang aka yamyam2u left witty and amusing comments in Di Bawah Rang Ikang Kering just a few posts back. She commented on Alphabet and reminded another commentator who posted Mujo in her (the commentator's) blog. Ms Sofie who is in the Netherlands and also got Mujo via email graciously credited THIS blog on her subsequent post. Thank you ladies.

Today and a few days ago, some regular readers of this blog mentioned in their comments that Mujo was circulated via emails. Some came to the Inbox of my daughter Elisa:

Your 'mujo' post is being spread around. I've got it twice from 2 different groups of people. Was proud to tell my friends, "Hey, this is my dad's work!"
Some of them want to shake your hand ;)

I had mixed emotions. I am flattered that the piece was deemed fit to be circulated but sad that credit was not given in spite of putting my name and email address on my blog and the Permalink on every post. I was also resigned to the fact that some people regarded copyright notices as mere decorations. I consoled myself that it happened before to far more luminous bloggers than this weird old man. To my knowledge, it happened to TV Smith and Mat Jan (his Samy Vellu song). Both were understandably pissed. I am not pissed if you want to share any of my posts with your friends. Just send them the Permalink or give me credit for my work. It is the polite thing to do. Even pirated VCDs carry credits.

I have since stopped pinging to Petaling Street. Not because I attributed anything to the useful website. I just do not need further exposure. I have enough fans in my loyal readers which in these short months grew from the original 6 apart from my children who were the original target audience. They were the reason I blog in the first place.

To you my readers who left comments now and then, you have my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation. Your attention and comments made everything worthwhile. You kept me blogging, intellectual thefts notwithstanding (if you can call my posts remotely intellectual). Feel free to email posts to your friends as long you do the needful. Link or credit me.
As Beta Blogger succinctly summed it in his email: Doh nok wat guane!

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32 CommentsOldStyle:
  • Look into the bright side, Pokku, what is that saying? Copying is the best form of flattery omputeh kata? Though I must say, I would be just as miffed if I found out that my blog entries has been going around without credit to me. I hope this wont make you stop blogging, Pokku. Your blog does not deserve to die an early death :)

    Leen @ xanga.com/ashburn

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:55 AM  
  • Yesterday I received your mujo from my wife who received it from her circulation group. Then I mailed her mentiuoned the original source of mujo.

    Mujo dia hantor e-mel jer, kalu dia repot ke polis mung nok buat guane?. ;-)

    By Blogger mba, at 5:37 AM  
  • Dear Pok Ku... please continue blogging. I wouldn't know what to do if you did and I lost my daily dose of humorous wisdom.

    And to all who dare to plagiarise Pok Ku's work... may all your bits that hang out and can possibly fall off, FALL OFF! Hmph.

    By Blogger DaisyBoo Blacksheep, at 5:56 AM  
  • Pok Ku, I also received your Mujo post in my inbox, not once but TWICE!! I replied to my friend (a Teganu lady) and giving the credits to you. Doh yer arr... nok wak guane...

    By Blogger Jane Johan, at 7:08 AM  
  • Hi uncle, I got to know your blogs from a friend of mine who informed us that the Mujo article was written by you. Since that day (it's just last week actually), I've received the email thrice and done my bit in mentioning your blog (name, link and all). Pls..pls..don't be intimidated with the plagariser(s), or else I'll die with boredom ;P

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:54 AM  
  • i did that on the rough guide on bhs terengganu and i was so relieved u didnt sue me o anything on the plagiarism, cant resist posting good stuffs on my blog..*smiles* and now your blog is a 'must-go-site' for me, must singgah your blog everytime i log-on..your words never failed to entertain me, i salute you uncle bustaman..!

    By Blogger najwa ab patah, at 9:15 AM  
  • Pok Ku dah glamer.

    By Blogger Aku Tak Reti, at 9:40 AM  
  • Pokku, please be calm... i really hope all of these messes won't make u easily give up. I really need to confess here (even I'm quite new here!) that this blog is really one of a kind. Whenever I logged in, I'll feel like home, eventhough 'dok cari makang di shah alang...' I just realized, this is a good forum to gain and share info, a lot of them available here!!.. As for me, please don't bother the plagiarisme, sebab "orang tetap akang cari permate walaupong ade kace merate-rawe!!" Bak kate orang2 politik, Perjuangang belom selesai Pokku, tapi baru je start... "HIDUP TERANUNG KITE!!!" -mitok maah la banyok kalu tesaloh kate wehh..-

    By Blogger adlish ghazali, at 9:43 AM  
  • Pa,

    well, one good thing came out of this: You are now super famous!! (I think if u don't talk about politics, u'll be pretty safe)

    And my inferiority complex becomes worse... :P
    tee hee..!

    By Blogger elisataufik, at 9:51 AM  
  • Dear Pok Ku,

    Sorry to hear about the frustrations about people misusing your post, but you really deserve the credit as your posts are often top notch. Do keep on blogging and I would tell others whom I trust about your site. Do continue as I admit that yours is the only blog to shed light on the place, lifestyles, language and culture of Terengganu, a state which I gather is often misunderstood in the midst of rhetorics between political parties. Everyday I wait with trepedition to see if you've written new materials. As you said, mujo. Mujo Pok Ku, keep on writing and I for one will keep on being an ardent fan of your posts and whatever abuses is heaped on your talent, the rewards for your talent will find their way to you given time :)

    By Blogger Kervin, at 10:07 AM  
  • mujo jauhari kenal manikam


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:15 AM  
  • i got it from a friend of mine too .. and told them that it's from this blog .. how's ur blog traffic so far ?? has it increased ??


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:21 AM  
  • Pok Ku,

    Mujo has become the new web phenomenon. My stats says quite a number of people are actually looking up the word "Mujo" from the seach engines.

    p/s - Thanks for your comment. Credit must be given where credit is due.

    By Blogger BJ, at 11:23 AM  
  • Pak Ku: "...(if you can call my posts remotely intellectual)."

    of course 'intelektuil' pak ku! bukan saja intelek tertuil, malah termasuk urat geli. :D

    mek yam

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:03 PM  
  • Pok Ku... I'm a regular-silent-reader here..Thanks for the welcome..
    Abt the copyright thingy, it's true sometimes ppl take it for granted without thinking much.

    Eh..how about explain 'Kohor'..hehehehe

    By Blogger zaireen, at 12:42 PM  
  • I understand your frustrations but sadly some people are just too ignorant pok ku, nak buat camne? Please i do hope that you will continue your fine fine work and keep those posts on your blogs coming.

    You've got an avid reader in me *raises hand* ;)

    Cheers!!! :D

    By Blogger hyelbaine, at 1:28 PM  
  • As I commented earlier, I have gotten your mujo article so many times, and each time I reply I put a link to your blog. I know a couple of these people have visited your blog due to this *grin*. Don't worry, your avid readers *lion3ss puts up hand, too* will be around to defend your great work!

    By Blogger lion3ss, at 1:51 PM  
  • hehehe, can Buaya69 start a Pok Ku fan club? kalau ler entrance fee RM5 pun, sudah jadi skim cepat kaya for Buaya69 dan rakan2! pssst, 50:50? muahahahar! i lurve your blog ler. ;)

    By Blogger Buaya69, at 2:28 PM  
  • I second that!!... Sikek2 lame2 jadi bukik... bile pitih ade banyok bukik doh, buleh aa buak ektiviti macang2... gathering ke skali skale... what say others??.. Ambe rase, cadangang bhoye69 tu memang berenah sangak la...

    By Blogger adlish ghazali, at 3:00 PM  
  • Wow, Pok Ku is so famous. Don't worry your fans will always be there to defend your copyrights.

    By Blogger Nectar, at 4:06 PM  
  • Pokku, I'll be eagerly waiting for another one of your fabulous posts tomorrow morning... long live Ikang Kering!

    By Blogger Jie, at 4:11 PM  
  • Oh! Pok Ku. You have just started a glamor phrase. Everyone is so into mujo. If you like to know, I always give credit to your Mujo article in any e-group I am in except for the one which Elisa is also joining. I let her give the credit.

    And I also I tumpang your glamour sikit if you don't mind - I would say-hey that is my blogger mate. Bet you don't know that. I also said Mujo is just one tenth of your fabulous blog. So don't stop blogging. Entertain us.

    By Blogger Lollies, at 4:19 PM  
  • Leen, Daisyboo, Najwa, Honeytar, Hyelbain, md, Nectar, Lioness, Lollies, Kervin: Thank you guys for the kind words and support.
    mba, atiza, ayah tek, zaireen, bertique, jie :
    Welcome aboard on behalf of the gang!
    Aku Tak Reti: Glamer mende, dah kreypot.
    Elisa: Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. (Hmm, where did I hear that?)
    greasebar: The graph peaked yesterday but went down today.
    Mek Yam: urat geli ke butir moknoh?
    Buaya69: LOL, then we share a cell in Sungai Buluh?

    By Blogger Bustaman, at 5:22 PM  
  • Bad people..plagiarists. Kerana nila setitik, rosak susu sebelanga. Because of one party....Pok Ku merajuk doh. Nak buat guane la ni. Mujo Pok Ku nak nulih lagi, kalau dia tak mboh, dok ke parok tu...

    By Blogger Kok Bi, at 6:48 PM  
  • Bibi: Dok ngajuk eh. Ngajuk apa tue tue ning.

    By Blogger Bustaman, at 8:11 PM  
  • Dear Bustamann, I have made a link to your blog regarding Mujo, at first I didn't know who the author was too, Buaya informed me. It's a good entry, with clarity and humour.. very creative.

    By Blogger Maine, at 1:32 PM  
  • Oh...Mujo was your work! I should have known. Sorry la Pok Ku, so outdated baru nak komen. Haven't been blog-hopping lately. I received Mujo once in my office email too. Lawak!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:26 PM  
  • Pok Ku,
    "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" this one I believe was said by Elanor Roosevelt :)
    I like this quote too.

    Lama dah tak baca blog Pok Ku :) And (eventhough my comment ni dah basi) I did receive your "Mujo" email from a colleague at work, who received it from his MRSM Kuantan yahoogroup :) Of course, there was nothing mentioned about the author of the email.

    Do you mind if I link my blog to yours? :)

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