Is it God’s calamity?


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Is it God’s calamity?
By Zan Azlee

Many many years ago, when the huge tsunami struck Aceh, Penang, Kedah, Phuket, Sri Lanka and many other areas in the vicinity, something shocking came to light.

Many Muslims I knew started saying that the reason such a calamity happened was because God was angry at the sins of the people and so this was his punishment.

How can anybody think that God would commit such cruelty when all we ever learn in Islam is the fact that God is the all-merciful and that he will never forsake you?

I criticised it among my friends and family but then just decided to let it go since these Muslims weren’t really in any positions of authority and hence could be influential in society.

Then, two days ago, someone in a position of authority and could be influential in society said something that shocked me even more.

The deputy mufti of Perak, Zamri Hashim, stated that Malaysia Airlines had apparently angered God so much that all that has happened is God’s wrath.

According to the deputy mufti, the fact that the airlines serves alcohol in it’s flights and that the cabin crew dresses indecently, has exposed them to God’s wrath.

Firstly, I think it is nothing short of a miracle that the deputy mufti has such a clear telepathic link to God’s intentions. He must be an extremely enlightened person. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

 

 

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It’s easy to save for a rainy day


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It’s easy to save for a rainy day
By Zan Azlee

How does that popular saying go again? ‘Save for a rainy day’. We all know it well and how important it is. But do we actually save for a rainy day?

What would we do if something happens and we need to use a large sum of cash immediately? For example, a car accident (touch wood!), a big leak in the roof, or hospitalisation of a family member?

Do we have enough reserves to tap into, so our usual regular monthly budget won’t be affected? Many people I know have admitted to me that it would be difficult.

So I would like to recommend some things that I myself am trying out so I can also ‘save for a rainy day’.

The first step would be to actually start putting aside money every month. Even if you start with a little bit, you should just start. It can be anything from RM10 to as much as you can afford.

It’s a wonder how so little can contribute to so much. I have a black piggy bank that I fill up at the end of every day with the coins I have in my pockets.

It gets full about every six months and I have to bring it to the bank and empty it into their coin machine. It always surprises me to see that I get to deposit around RM500 every time! [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]

Is race-based politics still relevant?


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Is race-based politics still relevant?
By Zan Azlee

I do not agree with race-based politics. There are many examples that actually show how detrimental it is to national harmony in Malaysia.

Recently, I had the opportunity to have a sit-down interview Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Youth and Sports, and he shared with me some of his views.

As we know, he is also the Youth Chief of Umno, a political party that serves to protect the interests of the Malay community in the country.

Khairy says that there is nothing wrong fo r a community to want to protect their interest as long as it doesn’t override the interest of national harmony.

“Politics based on ethnicity that pits one race against another, or the politics of hate and fear, is something that is not on,” he says.

He adds that it is totally fine for groups to protect the rights of different religious communities such as the Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and whatnot.

Khairy is also against extremist voices and hate-speech. He believes that there should be clearer legislation to eliminate this from continuing

In theory, I do agree with what he says. However, my point of contention is that there has been too many incidents that just shows the negative side of race-based politics.

I have the opinion that it is through decades of race-based politics that we see how segregated Malaysia is at the current moment. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Vox Pop (Ep 7) – How Do I Raise an Independent Daughter?


Gender equality was the theme at Art For Grabs, so we went around asking… “How DO you raise an independent daughter?”

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Feminism, female portrayal in the media, princess syndrome and GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS!! Oh yeah!!

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