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Is race-based politics still relevant?


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Is race-based politics still relevant?
By Zan Azlee

I do not agree with race-based politics. There are many examples that actually show how detrimental it is to national harmony in Malaysia.

Recently, I had the opportunity to have a sit-down interview Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Youth and Sports, and he shared with me some of his views.

As we know, he is also the Youth Chief of Umno, a political party that serves to protect the interests of the Malay community in the country.

Khairy says that there is nothing wrong fo r a community to want to protect their interest as long as it doesn’t override the interest of national harmony.

“Politics based on ethnicity that pits one race against another, or the politics of hate and fear, is something that is not on,” he says.

He adds that it is totally fine for groups to protect the rights of different religious communities such as the Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and whatnot.

Khairy is also against extremist voices and hate-speech. He believes that there should be clearer legislation to eliminate this from continuing

In theory, I do agree with what he says. However, my point of contention is that there has been too many incidents that just shows the negative side of race-based politics.

I have the opinion that it is through decades of race-based politics that we see how segregated Malaysia is at the current moment. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

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The Fat Bidin Vox Pop (Ep 7) – How Do I Raise an Independent Daughter?


Gender equality was the theme at Art For Grabs, so we went around asking… “How DO you raise an independent daughter?”

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‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ book tour stops at Art for Grabs this weekend (23-24 August 2014)!


It’s fun being on a book tour campaign thingy-majiggy!! Seriously… we are in love with our latest non-fiction graphic novel ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan‘! If we do say so ourselves! Muahahaha!!

This weekend (23rd – 24th August), we stop at Art for Grabs at The School, Jaya One. We will have a booth there on Saturday and Sunday where you can get the book, our priceless autographs, and other official merchandise!

And a special show for you guys on Saturday at 3:30pm! It’s really special!! REALLY SPECIAL!!!

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Who is the menteri besar of Selangor?


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Who is the menteri besar of Selangor?
By Zan Azlee

“So have you heard that the Selangor menteri besar was recently sacked from his party?” I asked.

“Of course,” replied the young man.

“So what do you think about it?”

“Well, we need to look at the pros and cons. There must have been some good things he has done as the menteri besar.”
“What are the good things?”

“The development in the state has been good. It wouldn’t be the way it is now if it weren’t for him.”

“Oh, I see. Do you happen to know who the menteri besar is?”

“Khir Toyo, of course.”

And that had to be one of the most interesting conversations I had while shooting a vox pop interview video regarding the Selangor menteri besar debacle recently.

As most people would know (and I am saying this in a very broad assumption kind of way!), the menteri besar was sacked by PKR and is currently governing the state as an independent.

Going to the streets to find out what the people think was something that my brother, Aizyl Azlee, and I wanted to do because we thought it would be interesting to hear them speak.

We did expect a little bit of a lack of detailed understanding by the people. But we definitely didn’t expect there to be people who didn’t even know who the menteri besar was.

Out of a handful of people whom we interviewed, only about one little pinky finger of them actually knew anything about the big state debacle.

A few of them admitted that they have no idea what is going on in the local political scene. That’s quite all right for us. At least they didn’t pretend to know.

What was amusing to us was the fact that more people would rather pretend to know something and just ramble on in the conversation talking nonsense.

As of today, no significant development has been made regarding the issue. The menteri besar has the backing of the Sultan of Selangor but no one else. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Never borrow money to get married!


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Never borrow money to get married!
By Zan Azlee

When I was single, I had a lot of money. Oh yeah! I’m not ashamed to say it! I had in my reserves enough to last me at least a couple of years without working.

Then I got married and everything depleted. First, it was the wedding. Grand costumes and a black horse can get pretty expensive!

Then it was the honeymoon. We took a three-week holiday to drive all around Eastern Europe (this one…no regrets!).

Then came the ‘we need to make the house ours’ phase. Apparently my bachelor pad needed some adjustments if she was going to move in.

And then a baby came along. Oh boy! The baby! That one literally drained out all but the last bit of reserves I had worked for so long to maintain!

But jokes aside, marriage has been great for me, but it can be very taxing financially. So when people say you need to think carefully before getting married, it’s true.

I know so many people who are so desperate to have the ‘perfect’ wedding (or to just get married!) that they are willing to go in to debt for it.

That is so dangerous because you are about to start a new life with your partner and starting out in debt is a wrong first move. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]