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No one defended Ridhuan Tee, boohoo!


Dear Assoc. Prof. Dr Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah. What the hell are you talking about?

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No one defended Ridhuan Tee, boohoo!
By Zan Azlee

It has been a very stress free few months for me. The reason is because I have intentionally ignored everything said and written by the nation’s number one nemesis, Ridhuan Tee.

I have ignored his weekly columns and I have ignored all the things that were written about him. Whenever I see his name crop up on my computer screen, I just click away. It’s nice!

That is, right up until a couple of days ago when a friend of mine tagged me in a post on Facebook which had a link to an article about Ridhuan Tee. Ahh… it was good while it lasted!

It was about Ridhuan Tee, in one of his columns, wondering why no one had come to his defence when he was investigated for sedition once before regarding an article he wrote.

It seemed like he was so jealous and envious of the fact that so many Malaysians had come forward in support of Assoc. Prof. Azmi Shahrom when he was charged for sedition recently. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

 

 

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Negaraku – to stand or not to stand


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Negaraku – to stand or not to stand
By Zan Azlee

So the debate rages on about whether someone who stands up or doesn’t when Negaraku, the national anthem, is played is a patriot or nationalists.

Here’s what I think – it doesn’t matter.

Just because someone decides not to stand when the national anthem is playing doesn’t mean he or she is any less patriotic to the country than someone who stands.

It really depends on the true intentions of the person who is standing up (or not). Is he standing up out of respect for people around him or because he really loves the country?

It’s just like the example of religion. Just because someone prays five times a day doesn’t mean he or she is an exceptionally good Muslim.

And it doesn’t mean someone who doesn’t pray five times a day is any less of a Muslim than someone who does pray that many times a day.

What do you say of a person who decides to stand up in the cinema when the national anthem plays but always tries to cheat and skirt around from paying income tax?

How about someone who might stand up during the national anthem but who also tries to bribe a policeman when he is stopped for speeding? [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

I never took the UPSR and I turned out just fine


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I never took the UPSR and I turned out just fine
By Zan Azlee

When I was growing up, there was never any stress put on me to perform well in my exams by my parents, or anyone else for that matter.

Education and the process of learning were important and that was always instilled and drilled into my brothers and me, but exam results were never a priority.

I remember my parents going to my school on report card day and my father asking the teacher, “forget about the lessons, how does he interact with his classmates and teachers?”

Of course, they always congratulated me when I achieved good results, but they never dwelled on it if I ever didn’t do as well. And this was in primary school.
Then, in secondary school, when two major exams, the PMR and SPM, were happening, my father even made us go out and watch movies or go bowling as the exams got nearer.

The lesson my father wanted to teach my brothers and me is that exams are not important because all it does is test you for what you remember (as far as Malaysian exams go).

What is important is the fact that we actually go through the learning process sincerely and enjoy the experience and that we feel enriched because of it.

When you learn and study just because you want to get good exam results, then you have gone astray somewhere along the way.

Today, it makes me sad to see how even at the lowest level of all national examinations, the UPSR, can experience a leak and now pupils have to resit several papers. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

 

 

There is no real journalists’ code of ethics


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There is no real journalists’ code of ethics
By Zan Azlee

Journalists’ code of ethics is something hot on many people’s lips these days because of the recent incident where a newspaper photographer was punched at a funeral service.

He was taking pictures at the funeral of a victim of the MH17 tragedy when he was assaulted by a family member. He suffered a cut nose and a damaged camera.

When news of the incident first surfaced, many people were on the photographer’s side, claiming that he was just doing his job and he became a victim of assault.

He made a police report and the media also reported it like it was. Even journalist associations started condemning the act, calling for action to be taken against the assailant.

Then the other side of the story started emerging, as it always does. Apparently, the photographer (and other journalists there) was not respecting the grieving family’s privacy.

Now, I don’t really know the exact details since I wasn’t there, neither have I spoken to the photographer, the family members or anyone at the scene.

But here’s my two cents’ worth of what I think about the journalists’ code of ethics. There is no fixed code of ethics practised by journalists. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Is it God’s calamity?


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Is it God’s calamity?
By Zan Azlee

Many many years ago, when the huge tsunami struck Aceh, Penang, Kedah, Phuket, Sri Lanka and many other areas in the vicinity, something shocking came to light.

Many Muslims I knew started saying that the reason such a calamity happened was because God was angry at the sins of the people and so this was his punishment.

How can anybody think that God would commit such cruelty when all we ever learn in Islam is the fact that God is the all-merciful and that he will never forsake you?

I criticised it among my friends and family but then just decided to let it go since these Muslims weren’t really in any positions of authority and hence could be influential in society.

Then, two days ago, someone in a position of authority and could be influential in society said something that shocked me even more.

The deputy mufti of Perak, Zamri Hashim, stated that Malaysia Airlines had apparently angered God so much that all that has happened is God’s wrath.

According to the deputy mufti, the fact that the airlines serves alcohol in it’s flights and that the cabin crew dresses indecently, has exposed them to God’s wrath.

Firstly, I think it is nothing short of a miracle that the deputy mufti has such a clear telepathic link to God’s intentions. He must be an extremely enlightened person. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]