The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 18) – The Islamic State and their sexy social media icons!

The Islamic State seem to be doing a much better job on the Internet than Al-Qaeda or the Taliban ever did in their day. But they all will never be able to beat the Internet-savviness of that Nigerian prince!

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Negaraku – to stand or not to stand



Negaraku – to stand or not to stand
By Zan Azlee

So the debate rages on about whether someone who stands up or doesn’t when Negaraku, the national anthem, is played is a patriot or nationalists.

Here’s what I think – it doesn’t matter.

Just because someone decides not to stand when the national anthem is playing doesn’t mean he or she is any less patriotic to the country than someone who stands.

It really depends on the true intentions of the person who is standing up (or not). Is he standing up out of respect for people around him or because he really loves the country?

It’s just like the example of religion. Just because someone prays five times a day doesn’t mean he or she is an exceptionally good Muslim.

And it doesn’t mean someone who doesn’t pray five times a day is any less of a Muslim than someone who does pray that many times a day.

What do you say of a person who decides to stand up in the cinema when the national anthem plays but always tries to cheat and skirt around from paying income tax?

How about someone who might stand up during the national anthem but who also tries to bribe a policeman when he is stopped for speeding? [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Creating the ideal Dewan Malaysia



Creating the ideal Dewan Malaysia
By Zan Azlee

I’ve always been interested in ways that different cultures are able to come together and live as one. It can be in any forms; be it how different muti-cultural groups can live in perfect harmony side by side without losing their identities, or even how different ethnicities can assimilate with one another and build a whole new culture.

This became the inspiration for the recent Malaysia Day documentary I produced for Astro AWANI the television station called ‘Dewan Malaysia’ (which was on air on Malaysia Day itself and can be seen as it will be repeated throughout the week).

We are all familiar with the community hall building or ‘dewan komuniti’ that we so often see in neighbourhoods, kampungs and small towns. Usually, it is just a big hall which the locals use when they want to play court sports such as badminton or sepak takraw, or when they want to hold a wedding. But I wondered if it could be more than that.

So I called on several creative individuals to see how they would create their most ideal ‘dewan komuniti’. The brief was simple. If they had no limitations, how would they design a ‘dewan komuniti’ that could best bring the people of Malaysia together.

They didn’t have to actually create a physical building. It’s just conceptual. They could either draw or build a model. And so the group, some architects, a t-shirt designer and an illustrator, set off on their assignment. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The real cost of living on RM5900



The real cost of living on RM5900
By Zan Azlee

So some survey was done to find out what the average monthly income of Malaysian households are and it seems it like it’s good news. The figure has risen from RM5000 in 2012 to RM5900 in 2014.

Official surveys are meant to be credible. They follow a system that is supposed to follow a correct sampling system that will lead to a realistic extrapolation.

But ask what the average person is exposed to around him or her regarding their monthly household income and cost of living and you will probably hear something different.

The average household income may be the average household income. But does it mean that we can lead a good quality of life with that income? We most definitely need to consider the costs as well.

Fine. Let’s take that new average monthly income of Malaysian households of RM5900 and try and calculate how an average family would live in an average major town. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 17) – The Azlee brothers try to define sedition. Is that seditious?

As Malaysia Day approaches, it seems that more and more people are being hauled up by the authorities for the charge of sedition. What is sedition? Who the hell knows in this country.

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