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KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (Part 7 of 8) – Racial harmony? Not Anymore!

FAT BIDIN PRESENTS… KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (NEW AGE NEW VILLAGE)
Part 7 of 8
Racial harmony? Not anymore!

Short synopsis: Kampung Baru is a traditional Malay village situated in the heart of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Traditional Malay houses are surrounded by huge concrete and steel skyscrapers that provide a juxtaposition of modern urbanisation and customs and tradition. Zan talks to several individuals who have close ties with Kampung Baru to try and capture the essence of the village.

Click here to watch all the episodes.

KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU was screened on ntv7 in conjunction with the 2010 Merdeka celebrations. Visit the FAT BIDIN E-STORE to buy the DVD and own it for yourself!

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Athena dressed up in a spaghetti strap dress to help her pops sell his book at Readings @Seksan!

My sexy self serenading the pork!

I was recently invited to participate in Readings @Seksan by Sharon Bakar and of course, it was to read from my book ‘Operation Nasi Kerabu – Finding Patani in an Islamic Insurgency‘. The line-up was fantastic! It was Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Coming of Age), Rumaizah Abu Bakar (The Female Cell), Adib Zaini (Zombijaya), Julian CH Lee (Policing Sexuality) and, obviously, to cap everything off and to add to the prestige… ME! There was also music by Reza Salleh.

I even managed to sell quite a number of copies of my book. A bit of advice… the best marketing strategy is to carry your baby daughter around and announce that all proceeds of the sales of the book will go to buying milk and diapers for the week. Fail-proof plan!!

For those of you who did not attend the reading (I shall unfriend you on Facebook!)… fret not! You can listen to a recording of my reading by clicking on the audio player above. And if you want a copy of the book (with a free DVD!)… you can still buy it at any major bookstore or order directly at the FAT BIDIN e-STORE for a signed copy!

Sharon Bakar, organiser of Readings @Seksan

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Coming of Age)

Adib Zaini (Zombijaya)

Julian CH Lee (Policing Sexuality) is the one on the far right. I was busy snapping pictures of him with his camera during his reading so I don't have any pictures of him in front of the crowd in my camera!

Rumaizah Abu Bakar (The Female Cell)

Athena all dressed up in a spaghetti strap ready to seduce the crowd into buying her pop's book!

Athena being lullabied by Reza Salleh.



Dear Assoc. Prof. Dr Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah. What the hell are you talking about?

Dear Assoc. Prof. Dr Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah. What the hell are you talking about?

Implement hudud by force, he says.
By Zan Azlee

OCT 28 — “Hudud needs to be implemented by force!”

I was shocked to hear an academician, Assoc Prof Dr Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, utter those words at a recent Islamic forum on hudud. According to the academician who teaches at the National Defence University, time is running out and it looks like the non-Muslims will never accept hudud and Islam. As a Muslim myself, I felt ashamed and embarrassed by what he said at such a public forum.

First of all, I would like to ask one vital question. If non-Muslims are not willing to accept hudud or Islam, why question their reasoning for it? The non-Muslims would have made their decision based on what they have seen, heard and observed. Can you blame them if what they’ve seen has been all negative? So, maybe what he should have said, instead of using force, look within and solve the internal problems before you start preaching outside.

Any educated individual who has even a little bit of learned experience, Muslim or non-Muslim, will tell you that Islam is not, and never was, a religion of force.  [Click to read my full article at The Malaysian Insider]



See me in the flesh as I read from my book at Readings@Seksan this Saturday!

I’ll be reading from my book ‘Operation Nasi Kerabu – Finding Patani in an Islamic Insurgency‘ at October Readings@Seksan. Be there to see me in the flesh (and to buy signed copies of my book from my car boot!)!

Date: Saturday 29 October, 2011
Time: 3.30pm
Place: Seksan Gallery, 67, Jalan Tempinis Satu, Lucky Garden, Bangsar
Lineup :
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad
Zan Azlee
Rumaizah Abu bakar
Adib Zaini
Julian CH Lee
And with music from Reza Salleh
Admission free and everyone very welcome. Please pass on the invitation to anyone else you think might be interested.
(For enquiries contact Sharon 017-2644956, sharonbakar@yahoo.com)


KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (Part 6 of 8) – Malays, Chinese, Indians and whomever… let’s divide them!

FAT BIDIN PRESENTS… KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (NEW AGE NEW VILLAGE)
Part 6 of 8
Malays, Chinese, Indians and whomever… let’s divide them!

Short synopsis: Kampung Baru is a traditional Malay village situated in the heart of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Traditional Malay houses are surrounded by huge concrete and steel skyscrapers that provide a juxtaposition of modern urbanisation and customs and tradition. Zan talks to several individuals who have close ties with Kampung Baru to try and capture the essence of the village.

Click here to watch all the episodes.

KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU was screened on ntv7 in conjunction with the 2010 Merdeka celebrations. Visit the FAT BIDIN E-STORE to buy the DVD and own it for yourself!



Oooo… I’m sooo scared! How stupid do you think Muslims are?

Goddamn… I’m soooo scared! How stupid do you think Muslims are?

Scaring people into submission
By Zan Azlee

OCT 21 — Just as the body was being lowered into the ground to be buried, dozens of snakes start to crawl out filling up the grave. They pull out the body and the brave ones who are standing around start to chase and clear the snakes away from the grave.

They try again to lower the body into the grave, but again, the snakes appear from everywhere inside, finally stopping the funeral. Apparently, the deceased had been a very bad Muslim during his life and now that he has died, the earth doesn’t want to accept his body. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]



Entice me and I’ll come to pray. Bore me and I’ll write an article about you!

The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus

Most Imams bore me to death! Hence, my column this week at The Malaysian Insider.

Entice me and I’ll come to pray
By Zan Azlee

OCT 14 — “The azan sounds horrible!” I screamed as I dragged myself out of bed.

“Don’t say that. That’s not nice,” said my bunkmate.

“But it’s true. How do they expect people to get up that way?”

“Just get up!”

That was the common banter I would have most mornings at 6 with my bunkmate in boarding school many (many!) years ago. I used to cringe every morning when I heard the call to prayer, usually done by another sleepy and groggy student. In fact, I continued to cringe every time I heard the morning azan years after I had left my boarding school. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]



Rupert Murdoch and The Daily Bore

Oooo!!! The Daily!!! Oooo!

Rupert Murdoch and The Daily Bore
By Zan Azlee

OCT 7 — I finally downloaded and installed The Daily, the hyped-up Rupert Murdoch and News Corps news application for the iPad. If you remember, I had written about it last year when it was still in development, and I was very excited about it then.

It’s no surprise that Murdoch has decided to charge for a subscription to The Daily, but I haven’t paid yet since my free two-week trial is still valid. Murdoch has always been a proponent of charging for news content, as opposed to the many New Media practitioners who think that content should be free.

I’ve got no beef with that. You can charge for content or you can make it gratis and then make money through advertising or sponsorship. However, whatever business model you choose, it is of the utmost importance that the quality of the content be top notch.

I had been waiting for almost a year for The Daily to be launched. Now that I have been testing it out for almost two weeks, I have to say I’m disappointed. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]




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