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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.

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


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:


Malaysiakini makes the right move to Whatsapp


When I talk about news, content and social media, I have always meant platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and all that. I could just kick myself for never thinking about Whatsapp, the messaging app on our smart phones.

But Malaysiakini did!

The country’s first news portal has recently launched a beta version of a Whatsapp Broadcast Service where they send out breaking news, headlines, and news digests out to subscribers.

Brilliant idea!

At the end of 2014, Whatsapp had accumulated 600 million users worldwide, according to a report by AFP. And it is the most popular messaging app in Malaysia.

There are challenges of course. The most obvious at the moment is that sending out messages on Whatsapp has to be done manually and there is a limit to the number of members in a group.

When the subscribers start to accumulate, it’s going to be difficult to start managing everything. Unless, Whatsapp starts thinking about this and addresses it.

And… it’s owned by Facebook!

BBC’s 5 ways of addressing the importance of social media and mobile


Social media and mobile Internet can not be neglected or put on the back burner by any news organisation. And the BBC is one of the last who would want to do this.

The Beeb’s Chris Hamilton recently told about five initiatives they have done to address the importance of social media and mobile.

1. BBC Shorts – 15-seconds videos that are meant to be shared on Instagram.

2. Go Figure – Simple image/graphics that tell a story, also meant to be shared.

3. BBC Trending – Not just reporting what is trending, but understanding why it is trending, etc (Astro AWANI has been doing this for several years now with their Kini Trending).

4. BBC Pop Up – A mobile news bureau that travels around crowdsourcing stories from locals.

5. @BBCElectionBot – Used during the recent UK General Elections. It’s shut down now but will be made available again when there is another election.

Read: 5 ways BBC experiments in the ‘hunt for new audiences’


How professional broadcasters comment live on air

One of Nick Barnes' commentating notes (Photo by HENRIK KNUDSEN for EIGHT BY EIGHT).
One of Nick Barnes’ commentating notes (Photo by HENRIK KNUDSEN for EIGHT BY EIGHT).

Commentating live on TV or radio is not easy. I repeat… IT IS NOT EASY!! You really need to be prepared so you know what to say, when to say it and be sure that what you say is right.

Football magazine EightByEight has an interesting feature on how professional sports commentators, BBC’s Nick Barnes and NBC’s Arlo White, prepare their notes before going live on air.

Elaborate, colourful, and extremely creative, it gives us a glimpse of their passion and thought process that they give for their profession. You could open an entire exhibition using their notebooks!

Head on over to EightByEight see their works:

Cheat Sheets I: The art of commentary with BBC’s Nick Barnes

Cheat Sheets II: The colourful commentary of NBC’s Arlo White