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Non-Muslims funded a mosque? Gasp! Happy Merdeka!


Non-Muslims funded a mosque? Gasp! Happy Merdeka!
By Zan Azlee

Malaysia has gone to the dogs. But that would be such a negative statement for a column that has the intentions of commerating this year’s Merdeka Day. So I’m going to try my best to end it in a positive note. First of all, we can agree that racial issues have become a trend in Malaysia. Every racial group has a problem with every other racial group.

Polarisation among the people seem to be at it’s highest peak. This is happening in schools, universities, the private working sector, and of course, the public sector. Religious conflict, although thankfully not violent, is also on the rise and taking centre stage in our media. So Malaysia is truly going to the dogs.

Now let me slightly digress to see if I can further make the point that I am trying to make. Every Malaysian is familiar with the National Mosque, or Masjid Negara, in Kuala Lumpur. Conceptualised a month before Merdeka, completed and opened in 1965, it is a symbol of how Malaysia was, and how Malaysia should be now and forever.

Designed and built by a Brit and two Malaysians (Howard Ashley, Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim), that in itself would already be unheard of now. What?!? They let a non-Muslim design a mosque?!? Astarghfirullah! [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

My first multimedia piece for GlobalPost… Green architecture in Kuala Lumpur

I have been a regular visitor to GlobalPost, a US-based digital news agency ever since its launch in 2009.  I like the site because of it’s total multimedia method of telling stories (and also their kick-ass breaking news coverage of Muammar Gaddafi’s capture and killing in Libya!).

So… today I am happy to present to you my first piece for GobalPost! It’s a story about Clement Wong, a green architect in Kuala Lumpur who has made it his mission to convert old houses in the city into green and sustainable homes. And it is under GlobalPost’s special multimedia feature called ‘Powerland‘.

You can view my video and article by clicking on the image above or here.