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Limited photo print sale from Zan Azlee’s Afghanistan collection

As most would probably know (or maybe not!), I had gone to Afghanistan in 2011 and embedded myself with the Malaysian military stationed in the mountains of Bamiyan.

I was shooting my documentary ‘Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite‘ and writing my book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan‘. Also, I was shooting a photo essay for Esquire magazine and providing news features for Astro AWANI and The Malaysian Insider.

Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen leading the team in prayers before heading out.
Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen leading the team in prayers before heading out on patrol in Yadkawlang, Afghanistan (2011).

I would like to humbly offer some of my still photography for limited sale for a few weeks (one photo each week) to anyone who would like to buy it and support solo-journalism.

The photo above would look beautiful on your wall all nicely printed and framed (21cm x 30cm) for RM90. I’ll even throw in my signature at the back of the print. Only 5 prints are available.

And for some context to the photo, here is a video story from the documentary I shot and it explains why the Malaysian military are in Afghanistan.


If you would like to have the photo for your wall, just add it to the shopping cart.

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 (
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 for only RM120!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support!

Dogs? Haram and najis? Cannot touch? But if there is a special soap…

Best advert ever for a soap to help Muslims cleanse themselves after touching dogs! So what’s the problem?

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The POTA and Sedition Act issue is a deja vu of Malaysia in 2007

Lawyers against the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011
Photo for illustration purposes only

We have been making progress (however little and slow) in the department of freedom of speech and expression in Malaysia over the years. Then, the government had to reverse all that with the new POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) and amendment of the Sedition Act (which was suppose to be abolished, by the way).

I remember back in 2007 when two bloggers, Jeff Ooi (who is now a DAP member and the MP of Jelutong) and Rocky Bru AKA Datuk Ahirudin Attan, were bullied and hauled up to court for blogging their thoughts and opinions.

I was young, energetic and full of idealism then. I even went to court with them and made several video stories on the issue.



Listen to The Fat Bidin Podcast where we discuss POTA and the Sedition Act:

Read several of my columns regarding POTA and the Sedition Act:
Do MPs vote according to their consciences? (The Malaysian Insider)
Give us affordable Internet but take away our freedom to use it (The Malaysian Insider)
Should we be worried about POTA? (Astro AWANI)


Long form documentary journalism

Photo by Jon Hill (7 Days Preceding)

I enjoy long form documentary work. That’s why I make documentary films and take photos. So I’m excited to see this one project by news editor and photojournalist Jon Hill. He follows Hillary Clinton and the rest as they go around campaigning in New Hampshire for the presidential primary elections (which will happen in 2016) taking photographs and the project is called ‘7 Days Preceding‘.

Photo by Jon Hill (7 Days Preceding)

And it’s also cool for me as a solo-journalist who likes to keep things simple shooting alone with one camera for both stills and video (and sometimes that means just my smartphone!), because Hill only used one camera and one lens (Fujifilm X-E1 with a 27mm f/2.8 Fujinon lens). Small enough to be carried around inconspicously.

Photo by Jon Hill (7 Days Preceding)

The ‘7 Days Preceding’ project reminds me very much of my own project called ‘I May Be Malaysian But I Carry A Big Stick‘ when I followed blogger and politician Jeff Ooi on his campaigning in Penang during the 2008 General Election. Go check out the multimedia blog entries I did then. Some photos I took are below (I took videos too).

Jeff Ooi rocking with the crowd at Han Chiang High School, Penang.

Lim Guan Eng speaking  in Han Chiang High School, Penang.

The late Karpal Singh campaigning in Jelutong, Penang.

Jeff Ooi speaking in Jelutong, Penang.


Does the tudung (head scarf) really have a role?


Way back in 2005, Liew Seng Tat (yes… the one of the ‘Lelaki Harapan Dunia‘ fame!) and I worked together on a documentary shot in Terengganu. It is called ‘Tudung’ and is about girls in tudungs (heard scarfs). Damnn… it got so much views on YouTube! Almost as much as that Gangnam video! Hahaha!!

It screened in a few film festivals back in the day too:

– 2006 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
– 2006 Hawaii International Film Festival
– 2007 Singapore Indie Documentary Film Festival

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Oh… and if you want to own my short films, I have a compilation DVD called ‘R.A.H.M.A.N. and other short films’ on sale really cheap at The Fat Bidin E-Store! Heheh! Wink wink!