Category Archives: broadcast

I was invited again to be on Kam Raslan’s radio show ‘A Bit of Culture’. Fun stuff!!


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It seems like I’m always appearing on BFM 89.9 Radio as a guest… they might just have me on their payroll! Muahaha!! It is a pleasure as always.

Anyway, Kam Raslan called me back (and I happily agreed) to be on his show ‘A Bit of Culture‘ along with Lee Chwi Lynn. And this time, we talk about story archetypes, listicles and skeptical friendships.

Fun stuff!

Go listen to the podcast online!

A documentary on the Myanmar village in Langkawi that was rumoured to have been harbouring Rohingya refugees


Yusop Saad and his son sitting in front of their home. (Photo by Zan Azlee)
Yusop Saad and his son sitting in front of their home, in Kampung Bukit Malut, Langkawi. (Photo by Zan Azlee)

Last week, AstroAwani.Com published my multimedia feature on Kampung Bukit Malut, the Myanmar village in Langkawi which was rumoured to be populated by Rohingya refugees.

[Read it here: No Rohingya in this village]

Of course, being the awesome multimedia journalist that I am, I also produced a 30 minute TV documentary! And if you missed the broadcast on 501 Awani, fear not because it’s on YouTube.

 

Not one, but two, limited photo prints of the last Jew in Afghanistan!


Today is a lucky day for all you Fat Bidin fans out there! Every Wednesdays, I offer up one limited photo print for sale. But today, and only today, I am offering TWO limited photo prints for sale!

Zebolon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, holding an old jewish scripture.
Zebolon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, holding an old jewish scripture in his synagogue.

The picture above is of Zebalon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan. You heard me right. He is the last surviving Jew in the entire country of Afghanistan. Everyone of his people have left, including his wife and children (who have fled to Israel).

But Simantov refuses to leave because “Afghanistan is my country! I am Afghan!”

I managed to track him down in Kabul and he agreed to give me an interview and to show me around his house and synagogue (after haggling for the right price!). You can watch the video below.

Although he seems to be a little tight financially, his life looks pretty happy and content. He definitely knows where his home is.

Zebolon Simantov with his best friend, a Muslim, Abdul Shukor.
Zebolon Simantov , the last Jew in Afghanistan, with his best friend, a Muslim, Abdul Shukor.

Own a limited print of either one of the pictures above, framed (21cm x 30cm) and signed by yours truly for RM90. You can play a role in supporting independent journalism by clicking below.

1. Zebalon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, holding an old Jewish scripture in his synagogue.

or

2. Zebalon Simantov, the last Jew in Afghanistan, with his best friend, a Muslim, Abdul Shukor.

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM110.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

Or if you prefer more bang for your buck, there is also THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!! You will get the photo, an official t-shirt and the book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ for only RM120!

Thank you for the support.

A limited photo print of the Malaysian military helping local Afghan villagers


Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen demonstrating how the water filter system works.
Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen demonstrating how the water filter system works in Bamiyan, Afghanistan (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011)

The Malaysian military team who were in Afghanistan (MALCON ISAF 2) were on a humanitarian mission rather than a combat one. They helped to build water filtering systems, consult and advise the Afghan Ministry of Health on combating diseases and organising traveling clinics. Of course, there were a small group of Special Forces who were there as security detail.

That picture above is of Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen (now Left. Colonel) demonstrating to the locals in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, how a water filtering system works to eliminate the risk of getting sick from drinking well water.

Here is also a video story shot on that exact day it happened.

If you would like to own the picture for your wall, today is your lucky day! Get a limited print of the picture all nicely framed (21cm x 30cm) and signed by yours truly for RM90. You can play a role in supporting independent journalism by clicking below.

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM110.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

Or if you prefer more bang for your buck, there is also THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!! You will get the photo, an official t-shirt and the book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ for only RM120!

Thank you for the support.

Watch or listen to my #TanyaGomen session with minister, Datuk Seri Shabery Cheek


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If you remember, last month in April, I hosted a chat session with Minister of Communication and Multimedia, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, for PEMANDU and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) called #TanyaGomen.

Well, you can now view the whole session on YouTube:

Or you can listen to a more summarised podcast version on Soundcloud: