Tag Archives: chinese

It’s 13th May! Err.. so what about it?

It’s May 13th today and if you’re Malaysian, you would know it’s significance. But err… is it really still significant?

Above is a video I shot for The Malaysian Insider six years ago where I interviewed filmmaker Liew Seng Tat and Ismail Mohd Safri the owner of Warong Saga, the most popular lontong stall in Johor Bahru.

Jeez! Six years ago… I guess I’ve been a bit lazy.

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 35) – Two Malay guys on Chinese New Year

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 35) – Two Malay guys on Chinese New Year

What do these Malay guys know about Chinese New Year? They know they’re tired of generic Chinese New Year stories in the media, that’s for sure.

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The day we become a single Malaysian race

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The day we become a single Malaysian race
By Zan Azlee

I have celebrated Chinese New Year my entire life. And being a Malay Muslim and living in Malaysia, I feel myself very unique and special for doing so.

It is not hard to understand why. I have Chinese and Malay blood in me. My grandmother on my mother’s side is Chinese and the ethnic influence is very strong.

My brothers and I all speak Cantonese (however poor our pronunciation is) and when we speak English, we are very easily mistaken for being Chinese because of our accent.

When I was in primary school, some Malay classmates would tease me and say that I am committing a sin by celebrating Chinese New Year and collecting ang pows.
At first I was confused, but very quickly I realised that they were all just stupid and did not know what they were talking about. I was proud of that.

Of course, our family celebrated Hari Raya too and so did all our Chinese relatives who would gather at our house every single year without even needing an invitation.

And as how life naturally is, my Chinese grandmother eventually died and this year is the second Chinese New Year without her being with us.

So now, during Chinese New Year’s eve, we joke that we are really just a bunch of Malays flipping salmon in plum sauce with chopsticks and gulping down “chai choy” without any real reason to do so!

The pure Chinese immediate family member is gone. But it is alright. We have her blood running in our veins. And we still celebrate the first and second day with the entire Ang clan. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 33) – Is Ismail Sabri really racist?

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 33) – Is Ismail Sabri really racist?

Back from a three week break, expert racists Zan and Aizyl listen to Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri’s explanations for calling on Malays to boycott Chinese traders. Is he racist? Or are some of us irresponsibly ignoring our true racial roles?

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What if the Chinese called for a boycott of Malay businesses?



What if the Chinese called for a boycott of Malay businesses?
By Zan Azlee

When a person is a public figure, especially someone who is in public office, it goes without saying that he or she will constantly be in the public eye.

It would be difficult to draw the line between what is considered private and personal and what is public and should be known by everyone.

For someone who is in the public office, the responsibility is so high that his or her actions will always be scrutinised by the people who he represents.

And this is rightfully the way because the public has elected that person to carry out the administration of the office in their name.

The people are the boss.

So when an elected official, a cabinet minister no less, posts a statement on his Facebook page that reeks of generalisation, stereotyping and racism, the people should pay attention.

Yes, I am referring to Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri, the minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, who said that Malays should boycott Chinese businesses who do not lower their prices after the reduction in oil price.

It does not matter if the minister explains that it was given in the best of intentions. As a person who has been elected by the people, what he said is just wrong and unethical.

What would the minister (an UMNO member) say if, for example, a member of the MCA said that all Chinese should boycott Malay retailers who sell bad quality products? [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]