I am looking forward to getting an invite - as a blogger this time - to the Perdana Global Peace Panel Session this Wednesday. I hope Jeff Ooi and TV Smith have included me on the list. I hear there are only 20 seats reserved for this by-invitation-only event.
The invite is viewed by bloggers as a recognition of the roles they play as reporters. It will be a big bonus, of course, if Dr M could find some time to get to know the invited bloggers and discuss current issues. I hear this is being "worked out".
When he was the PM and Umno president, Dr M would call senior journalists and editors to have OTR (off-the-record) sessions with him regularly. Those sessions would enable both parties to understand issues - and one another - better.
Pak Lah was also generous with his time when he was the Foreign Minister. In Vienna 13 years ago, when back home DSAI was gunning for the late Tun Ghafar Baba for the No 2 post, I had a one-on-one OTR session with Pak Lah. There were other occasions.
Then, of course, there were not many people surrounding him. Only his faithful Press secretary.
I am thinking that if the bloggers are granted a session with Dr M this Wednesday, they could expect to get an audience with Pak Lah.