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The Fat Bidin Podcast (AND ON VIDEO!) Ep 64 – Ahmad Maslan rides his bike at the racist red-shirt rally!

The Fat Bidin Podcast (AND ON VIDEO!) Ep 64 – Ahmad Maslan rides his bike at the racist red-shirt rally!

Zan and Aizyl talk about how the red-shirt rally on Malaysia Day was plain and simple racist!


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There is no such thing as Islamic racism



There is no such thing as Islamic racism
By Zan Azlee

What version of Islam is Tan Sri Annuar Musa referring to when he said that racism is based on Islam? I want to know because if Islam really calls for racism, then I’ve been a bad Muslim!

The Umno Supreme Council member said this in his speech when he attended the ‘red shirt’ rally (aka Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu) on Malaysia Day.

In his speech, he also said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi were very touched by the show of support by the rally goers.

It is atrocious to see our leaders reacting positively towards a racist rally that was to show the supremacy of a particular race (they previously said that they were not endorsing the rally).
But back to this racism based on Islam issue. As far as I know, the Al-Quran says in Surah Al-Hujurat:

“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you people in tribes and nations so that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.”

And even Prophet Muhammad had said, in his last sermon:

“There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab, nor for a non-Arab over an Arab. Neither is the white superior over the black, nor is the black superior over the white – except by piety.”

And even when it comes to people of different faiths, the Quran has already said in Surah Al-Kafirun:

“O disbeliever, I do not worship what you worship. Nor are you worshippers of what I worship. Nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship. Nor will you be worshippers of what I worship. For you is your religion and for me is my religion.”

Islam itself is a religion that has been stated to be for all of humankind regardless of race and can be adapted and practiced by anyone from anywhere.

So I wonder where Annuar is getting it when he says that he is racist according to Islam. Is there anywhere in between the lines that say the Malay race is superior over every other race?

Does it say anywhere in between the lines that Malays have more right to Malaysia than other races? Does it say anywhere in between the lines that Malays “granted” other races citizenship?

Here is a reminder to those who manipulate religion and politics for their own self interest. It may be easy to fool some people. But you definitely can’t fool all people.

If anything, this ‘red shirt’ rally that took place on Malaysia Day has done a disservice to the Malaysians and really ruined the image and reputation of the country.

It would seem that the country is continuing to move backwards. But I have faith that these people who have marched in Kuala Lumpur today lack something.

What they lack is the conviction and faith that we other Malaysians who really believe in unity and multiculturalism have. We won’t give up.

[This article was originally written for The Malaysian Insider]

Let us help these ignorant Malaysians



Let us help these ignorant Malaysians
By Zan Azlee

The number of Malays that turned out for the ‘red shirt’ rally was significant. Estimates from their side is about 300,000 people. Estimates from the liberals’ side, well, they couldn’t care less.

I tried to ignore it but it would be impossible to do so. The numbers justify the attention, right? Just like how the number at Bersih 4 was significant too.

The question that I have is that the rally was allowed to go on and a venue was even given for it to be legal. The justification for it is that this country has freedom of speech.

Apparently, if those who gathered for Bersih 4 were allowed to, then so should these racist ‘red shirts’. But then again, Bersih 4 was not allowed to take place by the authorities.

Even the intentions of both rallies were different. Bersih 4 had these demands; clean elections, clean government, right to protest, uphold parliamentary democracy and save the economy.

What are the demands of the ‘red shirts’? They want to make it clear that the Malays are the masters of the country and the other races need to realise they are immigrants.

Can anyone see the difference in the demands of both groups? Can you see what is right and what is wrong? Which side would you rather align yourself with?

Freedom of speech is good and I am a big advocate of it. But should freedom of speech be extended to racist and hate speech? And what about a big rally that is all about racial hatred?

For a country that is officially so proud about promoting multiculturalism in a society that is multiracial, I find it shocking that the ‘red shirt’ rally can be given permission to go on.

Isn’t the country supposed to be protected from hate speech and racism by something called the Sedition Act (which was really why the act was put in place in the first place)?

If just by perception of that alone, it would look like the authorities are only concerned about protecting the sensitivities of the Malays rather than the other races living in the country.

And the ‘red-shirts’ have the cheek to say that they are not racists and even opened the rally for all other races to attend and participate.

Now the next question is, are there really that many Malays in the country who are racist and feel like they are the masters of the land and all other races need to bow to them?

And here I am a little bit conflicted because I find it hard to believe that there can actually be that many people who would have that kind of mentality.

I blame the lack of education and exposure that has caused these people to be so easily manipulated by the ideologies of the real racists in power.

So maybe the strategy to help overcome all the racial problems that Malaysia is facing is not to engage with those where the source of the problem is.

It is way harder than that. We need to ensure that every layer of society in Malaysia gets the best education in order for them to get out of ignorance.

And that should be our responsibility. What we need to do is to help these Malaysians who don’t know any better. I’m confident that once they see the light, they will understand.

Only then would Malaysians not be fooled and manipulated by those who have bad intentions that only serve themselves and not the nation.

[This article was written originally for English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (and on video!) Ep 62 – Did Bersih 4 really change anything?

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 62) – Did Bersih 4 really change anything?

Zan missed Bersih 4, so Aizyl fills him in on what he missed, its effects, and what’s to come now that the rally is over.


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The Fat Bidin Vlog (Ep 5) – We had a baby and missed BERSIH 4.0 (but had a correspondent there!)

The Fat Bidin Vlog

Ep 5 – We had a baby and missed BERSIH 4.0 (but had a correspondent there!).

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