Category Archives: journalism

The Fat Bidin Film Club Ep (33) – Southpaw

The Fat Bidin Film Club
Ep 33 – Southpaw

Zan and Aizyl review the most cliche of all movies ever! Ohh… but Jake Gyllenhaal acts the hell out of his character and Forest Whitaker’s lazy eye really deserves an Oscar!

A new episode of The Fat Bidin Film Club comes out every Thursdays.



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The Fat Bidin Vlog (Ep 17) – Talking tech at the ASEAN Youth Leadership Summit

The Fat Bidin Vlog

Ep 17 – Talking tech at the ASEAN Youth Leadership

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (On Video!) Ep 73 – Obama is in Malaysia… again!

The Fat Bidin Podcast (On Video!)
Ep 73 – Obama is in Malaysia… again!

So President Barrack Obama is in Malaysia again. What is he trying to do? Get Prime Minister Najib Razak to be more transparent? Convince the Malaysian government to sign the TPPA? Or is it just an opportunity for Zan to do his excellent impersonation of Obama?


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Is this all a joke for Hasan Arifin?



Is this all a joke for Hasan Arifin?
By Zan Azlee

Here’s the deal. If you’re a public official who was elected to public office the represent the public who voted for you, then whatever you say is accountable to the public.

This is even more so when you hold a position such as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, and are responsible for the investigation of Malaysia’s high profile scandal – 1MDB.

I’m just saying because it would be ridiculous to utter something in front of journalists when you are the chairman of the PAC and then get upset if it gets reported.

Datuk Hasan Arifin responded by saying “Janganlah. Saya pun mahu cari makan juga”  to questions by the press on why the PAC wouldn’t be calling up Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

(Translation: “Please don’t. I need to make a living too.”)

Apparently, he said it jokingly and the press decided to report on it. Now if he said it jokingly, what would that mean about the perception people have about the investigation 1MDB?

Then, chairman Hasan said that he actually meant to say that he was referring literally to lunch that was being served after the PAC press conference that he had chaired.

And, what would that mean about the perception Hasan has about the press in Malaysia when he assumed that what he uttered would not be reported?

By doing so, it seems that he is looking down on the press. Does he not respect the press or take them seriously? Does he see it as a big joke that can be laughed about?

I’m just saying.

Now, chairman Hasan has decided that the PAC will no longer hold any press conferences and that all communications with the press will be through formal written media statements.

There goes any opportunity for the press to ask any questions if they have any about whatever investigation result that is being released by the PAC.

Also, there goes any risk of chairman Hasan making mistakes and uttering wrong statements that could be reported by the press and make him look incompetent or stupid.

No more press conferences equals no more extra clarification on issues. No more press conferences also equals to no more screwing up in public.

Although written media statements will still be released, by having no press conferences where the press can interact with the PAC, they really are practicing a form of censorship.

What this really means is that the right for the public to be informed on the investigation of the 1MDB scandal would be stifled and limited. There goes transparency and there goes democracy.

If chairman Hasan cannot even handle the press and the public in a professional manner, how would this reflect on his ability to handle the PAC investigation professionally?

Why should the public be punished and the investigation be compromised by a chairman who appears to be incompetent and unprofessional? That seems to be a little bit unfair.

[This article originally appeared at The Malaysian Insider]

Smoking mums: What is wrong with you?



Smoking mums: What is wrong with you?
By Zan Azlee

Here is the problem with vaping and I don’t need a health expert to tell me about it. It’s chemicals mixed together, heated up and then inhaled into the body.

You tell me if that sounds right or not, because to my logic, inhaling chemicals into the body just sounds a little unhealthy to me and could probably have major negative consequences.

But I find it annoying to discuss vaping because something so insignificant has become a public interest and people are grabbing the opportunity to be involved in the conversation without even really caring.

So I’m going to abandon the vape talk and go straight to the real issue with I think really deserve the attention – that is smoking actual cigarettes.

I don’t want to be a nag and if someone of sane mind and is an adult makes a decision for him or herself, I don’t want to be judgmental and all self-righteous.

It’s really just a ‘suka hati kau’ moment. It’s up to them. They can do whatever they want as long as they don’t harm anyone else and it really doesn’t mean they are bad people.

But when it starts hurting people around them, people who did not make the decision to have their health affected by smoking, that has all my hair in a ruffle.

And the worst is when mothers make the responsible adult decision of smoking and affecting their children, whether born or unborn.

I know many ‘sophisticated’ women say it’s their choice to smoke. But then if they decide to have a baby, is it the baby’s choice to have all that toxins entering his or her body while in the womb?

Smoking during pregnancy, lowers the amount of oxygen your baby gets, increases his or her heart rate, increases the chance of stillbirth and increases the risk of the baby developing defects.

And don’t think that stopping right when you discover you’re pregnant will make any difference. How many years do you think it takes for your body to clear its system from the toxins?

Three to five years at least, study says.

And I haven’t mentioned mothers who smoke while breastfeeding. These are the worst kind because it has tremendous adverse affects on the baby.

It is a fact proven by research that the amount of nicotine transferred in breast milk is more than double compared to that transferred by the placenta.

Babies who are breastfed by mothers who smoke also have very altered sleep patterns. They have much shorter sleep times compared to normal babies and this will affect growth.

Smoking also decreases a woman’s ability to produce milk. This means that smoking mothers will have to wean their babies faster, taking away all the benefits of breastfeeding.

So what’s keeping these smoking mothers smoking and directly harming their innocent babies? I think there is just one simple explanation – pure stupidity.

Oh, and what about vaping? Who cares.

[This article originally appeared at English.AstroAwani.Com]