The promotion campaign for my book & DVD has begun… with a sexy ass TV appearance and a first review in a newspaper

After the official launch, the promotion of my book and DVD ‘OPERATION NASI KERABU: FINDING PATANI IN AN ISLAMIC INSURGENCY‘ has been going along quite well. How can it not when you have such a sexy ass guy behind it (ME of course!). Last week, I was on ntv7’s The Breakfast Show along with Tuwaedaniya Meringing, the main character of my book and film who so graciously flew down to Kuala Lumpur from Thailand to help me with my promotion campaign. (The clip below is courtesy of ntv7 and Primeworks Studios)

And a few days ago, The Malay Mail wrote a decent review of my book, which you can read online here.

The book can be found at any major book store at the price of RM25 (and this includes a free DVD of my documentary film ‘THE LIFE & TIMES OF AN ISLAMIC INSURGENCY‘!). You can also buy it online at FATBIDIN.COM/STORE/. So please buy the book people! I need to feed my four month old daughter! She’s been crying for milk for a long time now!

Blind faith has no place in religion

Is choosing which religion to believe in like a game of roulette? You just don’t know if the dice is going to land in the right place!

Blind faith has no place in religion
By Zan Azlee

JUNE 24 — What happens when you apply reason and logic to the Islamic religion? You would be eternally damned to hell. Or so many would want you to believe. And why would they want you to believe that? It makes it easier for them to control how you practise Islam.

And so they would have you believe that religion requires blind faith and involves no logic whatsoever. Or what many would like to call a “leap of faith.”

I can’t accept that because it basically means that if you were to believe in Islam, it meant that you had to just accept things as is for no reason but because God says so.

I truly believe that Islam is a religion that promotes and encourages reason as the Quran has stated in Surah Al Jathiyah.

“And in the succession of night and day, and in the means of subsistence which God sends down from the skies, giving life thereby to the earth after it had been lifeless, and in the change of the winds: in all this there are messages for people who use their reason.”

Although mankind is moving forward in terms of technology, health and whatever else, it seems that everything is the opposite when it comes to religious progress. [Read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]


And so it was the launch of my book and DVD ‘OPERATION NASI KERABU: FINDING PATANI IN AN ISLAMIC INSURGENCY‘ which took place at The Annexe, Central Market in Kuala Lumpur. I’ve got an aching wrist from signing a gazillion copies of my book!

The book is selling at RM25 an it comes with a free DVD of my documentary film ‘THE LIFE & TIMES OF AN ISLAMIC INSURGENCY‘. Just visit your nearest bookstore.

Tuwaedaniya Meringing (AKA Daniya), the veteran journalist/fixer from Patani and also the main character of my book and film, saying a few words about the conflict in his hometown.

Indulging my adoring fans!

Please buy my book if you want my daughter to continue having milk to drink and diapers to poop in!

The two guys that made this happen… Tuwaedaniya Meringing and Ezra Zaid (ZI Publications).

And on a last note, tune in to ntv7’s The Breakfast Show this Tuesday, 21st June 2011, at 9am, to see Daniya and me talk about my book and film!


My book ‘OPERATION NASI KERABU – FINDING PATANI IN AN ISLAMIC INSURGENCY’ is finally done and all my adoring fans are invited to the launch (even if you’re are not a fan, you’re still invited!)! The book comes with a free DVD of my film ‘THE LIFE & TIMES OF AN ISLAMIC INSURGENCY‘. I’ll be there screening some clips from the film. The main character of the film and book, the great journalist and fixer Tuwaedaniya Meringing from Patani, Thailand, will also be there to talk about the conflict in his hometown and the role journalism can play in advocating for peace. My book is published by ZI Publications and the launch will take place at the KL Alternative Bookfest 2011.

Date: 19th June 2011
Time: 3pm
Location: The Annexe Gallery, Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

Book synopsis: The news from Patani is like a movie: smoke, bombs, a near civil war. Yet just over our northern border, the people are Muslim, Bahasa-speaking, baju-wearing Malays, just like us. With this in mind, documentary-maker Zan Azlee set off to find the real Patani, trying to seperate the kedai kopi from the Humvees, the gunfights from the nasi kerabu. It’s hard to make new friends and man a camera while looking over your shoulder for suicide bombers. But he was determined to ask the question: how do people live their lives in a warzone? With his resulting film banned for political reasons, this is Azlee’s first chance to share what he found.

So come and be enthralled!