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Here’s what I wrote today. Read and let the criticising begin!
Learning through practise
By Zan Azlee
SEPT 30 — To practise a religion, one must understand that religion. And to understand the religion, one needs to know the religion. But is it even possible to know and understand a religion completely so one can actually practise that religion properly?
Or would you really not be considered a true believer and practitioner if you don’t totally understand the religion? I, for one, have to admit that I do not totally understand the religion I practise (Islam, in case you were wondering).
What does that make me? An infidel? A kafir? A non-believer? Or maybe just a plain old bad and sinful Muslim? What I have been told by other Muslims (to my face even!) is that if you don’t understand the religion, just keep quiet and do as you’re told.
Now isn’t that wonderful? Just shut up and do what other people tell you, and everything will be all right. I guess ignorance is bliss. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]
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I come back from Afghanistan safely and what is the first news story I cover in Malaysia?? The Subang Empire Shopping Gallery explosion!
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I’m taking it easy this week after coming back from Afghanistan. So today’s column at The Malaysian Insider might be a little on the light side (or whiney!). What do you guys think?
Producing online videos… how novel!
By Zan Azlee
SEPT 23 — Make money by producing online videos. Use all the resources available such as YouTube, Vimeo and all the cheap and accessible equipment out there. That has been my advocacy message all these years since I have been involved in the “industry”.
But I’m so incredibly annoyed by the fact that it’s been so many years (almost a decade) and I’m still trying to push this idea ahead. I’m also so incredibly annoyed by the fact that even today, there are so many articles and writings propagating this idea.
Now you would ask, if I’m a proponent why should I be annoyed? Well, the answer is simple. Years have gone by and we’re still stuck at this stage of the idea. The problem with these articles (unfortunately, including mine) is that they’re all still trying to push online videos as something novel and unexplored. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]
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I am shocked that I even have time to write my column for The Malaysian Insider here in Afghanistan!
Off the record… in Afghanistan
By Zan Azlee
SEPT 16 — There is something about a video camera that makes people apprehensive. Some are shy but most are just afraid that what they say or do on camera might harm them. As a video journalist and documentary film-maker, I document a lot of people doing and saying things in real life. I think I do quite well in convincing people to be more candid, casual and honest when they talk to me and my camera.
A lot of it has to do with the fact that I’m mainly a solo journalist and I don’t have a crew. Since I’m alone when I’m recording, people feel more at ease. But I also like to think that it could be because I have inviting eyes and I smile and laugh a lot. And that puts people at ease (haha!). There are, of course, those who are just too shielded and even my charm and good looks can’t break them.
One good example is my current stint as an embedded journalist with the Malaysian Armed Forces who are serving in Afghanistan, for my next documentary project. [Click to read the full article]
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I wish I had enough time for more entries on my website. But interviewing, shooting, editing and filling stories are leaving me exhausted everyday here in Afghanistan! But here’s my column at The Malaysian Insider this week.
9/11 no longer relevant to Afghans
By Zan Azlee
SEPT 9 — The way the media distorts and manipulates facts has never been so obvious as when I stepped foot for the first time on Afghan soil this week. I’m here for my next documentary project and also as a correspondent for Astro Awani and to produce features for The Malaysian Insider, amongst other media.
I am lucky enough (haha!) to be in the country’s capital city Kabul for the upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11. As the weekend approaches, the international media has already begun their hype-up of the “event” with all kinds of feature stories and packages.
It seems, according to the media, the whole world is thinking of 9/11 and why wouldn’t they when that’s all that’s being highlighted. [Click to read the rest of the article]
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I’m heading out today! Afghanistan here I come! I’ll be doing shit loads over there… shooting my documentary film, writing a book, shooting photographs, and doing live reports! GODAMMIT! The things I have to do to pay the bills! I’ll be posting… tweeting… FB-ing and Instagraming every opportunity I get so stay tuned! Or… you can also watch ASTRO Awani (501) starting 5th September for my live reports from the Land of the Bearded Man! Until I come up with something better… I’m calling it THE UNTITLED AFGHANISTAN PROJECT!
Wish me luck! (Or send me a bulletproof vest! Those things are expensive!)
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A name is a name is a name! My column this week at The Malaysian Insider…
What’s in a (unIslamic!) name?
By Zan Azlee
SEPT 2 — “My name is Christina,” said the budding actress.
“I suggest you change your name,” said the well-known veteran actor.
“Why should I change my name and what should I change it to?”
“Change it to something more Islamic. Christina sounds like ‘Christian.’”
Of course I was horrified to hear the veteran actor suggest such a thing to the budding actress, who is actually a Muslim. The budding actress, ever-so-young and impressionable, naively agreed to do what the veteran actor suggested.
This is an honest-to-god true story that I am relaying since I was a witness to the conversation. I have, however, decided to keep the veteran actor anonymous. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]