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Gimlet is the most recent podcasting network to be born online… and they want to be like HBO?


Since the last time I wrote about a new online podcast network (If Malaysian podcasters got together, could they form a successful collective like PRX’s Radiotopia?), a new one is here called Gimlet.

Founded by Alex Blumberg of Planet Money (and also a producer at This American Life), it already has a few original shows on offering. Start Up is a show that chronicles start ups going through their journey, Reply All is a show about things on the Internet and Mystery Show is a quirky show about solving everyday mysteries.

And Blumberg feels that going full capitalism is the way to go (just like Ira Glass), which means that he think that advertising money is being floated around more than every right now.

I will say it again… I really hope that podcasting will catch on fire here in Malaysia. I pray to Almighty Allah!

Read a full interview with Blumberg about Gimlet and podcasting at NiemanLab.Org.

And please spend some time listening to some of Fat Bidin’s original podcasts!


Pakchic says: A four-year-old can still learn about financial literacy!



Pakchic says: A four-year-old can still learn about financial literacy!
By Zan Azlee

I don’t like the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki because it doesn’t really give you any added value information. Basically, he just regurgitated common sense in the book.

Of course I was lucky because I had parents who saw the importance of educating my brothers and I about financial literacy from a very young age.

And it wasn’t like they sat us down and explained everything in one go. It was more just normal exposure to how they managed their finances and in our everyday conversations.

I’m glad for it because it help me to avoid so many mistakes that my peers have made, such as falling into credit card debt, not investing as early in your career as possible, etc.

With little Athena, I’m hoping to do the same thing. But, I’m busting my head as to when would be a good age to start. I don’t remember when my parents started with me.

So when Hari Raya was about to come and that would mean tons of duit Raya, I thought what better time to start! Oh, and she’s four years old, by the way.

Athena already has some sense of money. Whenever we’re browsing at a toy store, she would always ask me, “Pops, do you have money to buy me toys?”

But that’s as much as she knows about what money can be used for! It’s all about the toys!

So on the first day of Hari Raya, my wife and I prepared a small handbag for Athena to carry around and we told her to put all her duit Raya packets inside so she won’t lose it.

I told her that it’s important she keeps the money and not lose it because she had to imagine losing her toys and how that would make her feel. She said she understood.

And as expected, all the relatives started giving her duit Raya, from her grandparents, grand uncles and aunties, uncles and me. She was excited, to say the least!

But she was most excited not because of the amount that she was receiving, but by one particular duit Raya packet that my brother had given her. It was a Frozen-themed packet!

I’d call Athena over every once in a while to ask her to pass me her duit Raya, and telling her “I’m saving your money in your bank account so you can use it when you need to, okay?”

She asked me what a bank account is and I told her it’s where we keep money so we don’t lose it. “Oh” she said and gladly and smilingly handed over her duit Raya to me.

But then she looked at me menacingly and said, “Pops, you can take all of my duit Raya, but do not take my Frozen duit Raya! That’s mine! Do you understand?”

I nodded and smiled. Oh well, I thought to myself. At four years old, she’s probably still too young to understand the full concept of money.

The important thing is that I’d never talk down to my daughter and always assume that she can understand things as long as I explain it properly.

Once the Hari Raya weekend ended and all the duit Raya giving started to die down, Athena said, “Pops, once there’s enough in my bank account, we can go and buy a really big toy. Right?”

My clever little girl!

[This article appeared originally at MakChic.Com]

Corporate sponsors wrecked Mick Fanning’s shark attack press conference

mick fanning

It’s always a challenge to be tasteful when featuring sponsors in content and what not. But one area where it is almost too natural to see sponsors is professional sports. Just look at all the millions spent in endorsements on celebrity athletes. Michael Jordan and Nike, Paul Rodriguez and err… Nike. Matthias Dandois with Vans and Redbull. The list goes on.

But then there is the press conference that Mick Fanning did with Julian Wilson. As you would probably remember (or not… considering the fact that last week’s hot news can be forgotten instantly), Fanning is the surfer that was attacked by a shark while competing at Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa.

He dramatically escaped on live TV by punching the shark in the back and also, thanks to his competitor, Wilson, who came to his rescue along with the safety marshals.

The press conference, which was an opportunity for the press to hear the story from Fanning and Wilson themselves, was just too decked out with all his sponsors (he and Wilson were actually drinking cans of Red Bull while speaking to reporters) that it got widespread condemnation. Many thought it was distasteful of all these corporations to take advantage of a situation like Fanning’s close call with a shark.

Sponsorship and product placement runs on the basis of being associated with an image that is positive for the corporations. For example, if Canon would like to be associated with a cool documentary filmmaker like Zan Azlee, they would sponsor him and then let it be an influence in the long run. Being too blatant would be defeating the purpose.

Go read more about this at The Sydney Morning Herald (and view the video of the press conference as well).

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 57) – Shut up media, you’re asking too much!

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 57) – Shut up media, you’re asking too much!

A whole episode condemning the decision to suspend The Edge. Aiyo… who are the ones who should be investigated here?

Listen to more Fat Bidin Podcasts here.

The Edge Weekly and Financial Daily has been suspended by the Home Ministry


The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily has been suspended for three months by the Home Ministry. What does this mean? Is the Malaysian press under threat? In my opinion, this form of censorship is wrong.

Below is a media statement that The Edge Media Group released today:

KDN suspends The Edge Weekly and Daily for 3 months over 1MDB reporting

Kuala Lumpur, July 24, 2015 – The Malaysian Home Ministry (Kementrian Dalam Negeri – KDN) has suspended the publishing permit of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for three months from July 27.

A letter from KDN stated that the two publications’ reporting of 1MDB were “prejudicial or likely to be prejudicial to public order, security or likely to alarm public opinion or is likely to be prejudicial to public and national interest”.

Failure to stop publication for three months will result in the withdrawal of the publishing permits, the KDN letter said.

The Edge Media Group publisher and CEO Ho Kay Tat expressed disappointment with the KDN decision.

“We don’t see how exposing the scam to cheat the people of Malaysia of billions of Ringgit can be construed as being detrimental to public and national interest,” said Ho. “This is nothing more than a move to shut us down in order to shut us up.”

Ho said The Edge will go to court and try and get the suspension lifted.

“To our readers and fellow Malaysians, you can continue to read our work through our digital platforms like,, and,” said Ho.

Other digital options to deliver the news will also be explored.

“To our advertisers, we hope you will continue to support us through our digital platforms now that the print will not be available for three months,” said Ho.

The Edge Media Group’s Malaysian operations have a staff count of around 350.