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I reminisce my childhood days in my column at The Malaysian Insider today. Seems apt for this day and age too.
S… U… M… sum! P… A… H… pah! SUMPAH!
By Zan Azlee
APRIL 29 — When I was about five years old, I loved going to the playground behind our house. The neighbourhood kids would gather there every evening and play all kinds of games, from football, ice cream sticks to ram ram rep patung (remember this one?)!
My favourite game back then was ice cream sticks. Two people would go head to head and blow their ice cream sticks so it would overlap the other to win.If you won, you would get to take the other person’s ice cream stick to add to your collection. The more you had, the higher your social status.
The pressure was so intense that my friends and I would even resort to stealing each other’s sticks. And of course we would deny it when confronted.
“Kau ambik batang ais krim aku!”
“Ye! Kau tipu!”
“Aku tak tipu lah! Sumpah!”
“Tipu! Kau tak cakap sumpah betul-betul!”
“Aku tak ambik! S… U… M… sum! P… A… H… pah! SUMPAH!”
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Sometimes I’ll get lame and write about my daughter in my column for The Malaysian Insider. So sue me!
Evil spirits have invaded my baby!
By Zan Azlee
APRIL 22 — I’ve been feeling guilty these past few days because I’ve been haunted by the fact that my one-month-old daughter Athena Azlee had her first outing at a shopping mall. So I decided to take time off from work and whisk her off on a real trip. And how real can you get than Colmar Tropicale, the fake French village in Bukit Tinggi.
Now a lot of people tend to think that a baby so young shouldn’t be brought anywhere new because she might just get “disturbed.” I have a friend who also had a baby the same week I had mine. He was telling me stories about his son crying like mad in the middle of the night on a regular basis.
“I don’t know what kind of evil spirit is bothering him at night,” he told me during breakfast one morning.
“Evil spirit?” I responded.
“Something is bothering him at night. He only keeps quiet when I hold him and shout out ‘Whatever you are, stop bothering my son! Subhanallah!’”
“Right, buddy! All babies cry at night. And most babies keep quiet when you carry them too.”
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My film KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (NEW AGE NEW VILLAGE) was recently repeated on ntv7 (I’m sure due to popular demand!) after its original broadcast during August/September last year. And what a miraculous coincidence that I’m also serialising it on FATBIDIN.TV!!!
FAT BIDIN PRESENTS…
KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (NEW AGE NEW VILLAGE)
Part 3 of 8
Would you ever marry a strange man who followed you home from Chow Kit?
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How to be gay and Muslim at the same time
By Zan Azlee
APRIL 15 — Recently, I was commissioned to produce a video news package for VJ Movement, a Dutch-based news agency focusing on solo-journalism. It was about a matter that had intrigued me for some time now and this was the opportunity for me to explore it — homosexuality in Islam.
And so, I decided that I would interview a slew of people to get as many different opinions on the matter. I met a Malay Muslim gay man who was willing to speak to me about this issue. However, he requested anonymity, fearing backlash. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]
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Recently, I did a video package for VJ Movement, a Dutch-based news agency of which I am a videojournalist for, about being gay and Muslim in Malaysia. I spoke to several people to get their opinions, namely, Datuk Haji Wan Mohamed (the Director General of JAKIM), Pang Khee Teik (sexual rights activist and Arts Programme Director of The Annexe Gallery), Nizam Bashir (syariah lawyer) and ‘Ahmad’.
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So… you don’t really make the grade in school, huh? That’s okay. You can always work in the media. They’ll take anyone!
Not a good student? Join the media!
By Zan Azlee
APRIL 8 — My mother comes up to me one day while I’m at her place for dinner and says she wants to ask me a for a favour for her friend.
“Zan, a friend of mine wants to see if you can have a word with her daughter.”
“Well, her daughter just got her SPM results and she didn’t do very well.”
“Her mother says that she isn’t that smart since she’s never had good grades at school, so her mother wants her to go into the media or the arts. Can you talk to her?”
I stared blankly, not knowing what to think. I can see the point of talking to me to explore a career in the media or the arts. But what I didn’t find too amusing was the perception that if you’re weak in your studies, then media and the arts is where you end up. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]
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Another JEEEZAZZZZ KRRRAIIISSS moment!
Sharing thoughts, feelings and gods
By Zan Azlee
APRIL 1 — A few days ago, a friend of mine called me about a problem she was facing with her little five-year old daughter, Hannah. The little girl had come home from kindergarten one afternoon and headed straight to her room. Being the concerned mother, my friend peeked into her room. She had laid out her prayer mat, put on her telekung and was praying.
Of course, my friend smiled to herself seeing what a good little Muslim girl her daughter is. Then, after she was done praying, the little girl adjusted her prayer mat to face a different direction and started praying again. My friend was puzzled and after her daughter was done, she entered the room and asked her why she had done that.
“Hannah, you know that you are praying facing the wrong direction, right?” my friend asked.
“Yes mama. I know,” replied her daughter.
“Now why is that? Anyway, you already prayed a few minutes before.”
“I’m praying to my second god, Jesus Christ, mama.”