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The Food Show (Ep 6) – Sabah Ngiu Chap & Wan Wan Fish Noodles!

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In association with FAT BIDIN MEDIA
(Ep 6 – Sabah Ngiu Chap & Wan Wan Fish Noodles!)

Sabah has good food! Nuff said!

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (ON VIDEO!) Ep 67 – Breaking down the TPPA!

The Fat Bidin Podcast (ON VIDEO!) Ep 67 – Breaking down the TPPA!

Zan and Aizyl know more about the TPPA than the average Malaysian. Err… but how much does the average Malaysian really know about the TPPA anyway?


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The Malaysian Reserve reviewed my latest book ‘Guide to Indie Filmmaking’


Amir Hafizi from The Malaysian Reserve wrote a nice review of my latest book ‘Guide to Indie Filmmaking‘. You can click on the image above or HERE to read it. My only beef with the review is that not once did Amir mention ‘sexy’ and ‘macho’ in relations to me! Thanks buddy!

Of course you can get my book at all the major bookstores in Malaysia. Or you can get it at the FAT BIDIN E-STORE too (with some attractive packages as well!)!



Finding solace in our public institutions



Finding solace in our public institutions
By Zan Azlee

As a people living in a democratic system, we should be able to find solace in our institutions, of which its responsibility is to uphold the system and ensure that all is good.

These institutions need to uphold democracy and us, as a people, need to uphold these institutions. But the recent events that have happened are a little worrying to me personally.

First up the judiciary, which should be independent from the legislative and the executive. It has had several indecisions that put its consistency in doubt.

Certain cases that had landmark decisions have had these decisions overturned post-appeals and challenges. This would not be a problem since this system ensures protection.

But if you take a closer look at the cases, it would cause you to wonder why the overturning of these decisions happened and its motives.

First case: law lecturer Dr Azmi Sharom challenged the Sedition Act 1948 claiming that it is an unconstitutional act. He, of course, has been charged under the act and will now face trial.

His argument of why it is unconstitutional is because the act was never enacted by Parliament since the Malaysian parliament had not been established yet at that time.

The court had decided that under Article 162, it was enforceable. So that means that freedom of speech can be put aside on matters deemed threatening to national security.

And now the argument here is what is deemed as a threat to national security. The terms are vague and subjective.

Second case: the Federal Court overturned the Court of Appeals decision against the Seremban High Court saying that an anti-crossdressing shariah law is unconstitutional.

The Court of Appeal had ruled that it was unconstitutional and void because it contravened rights such as personal liberty, equality and freedom of expression.

The precedence that this case would set is that the fundamental constitutional rights of all Malaysians cannot be applied when it comes to shariah law.

Third case: the Federal Court dismissed a challenge made by a publisher of a book (Irshad Manji’s translated “Allah, Kebebasan dan Cinta”) deemed to be un-Islamic.

In this case, the court said Article 10 did not guarantee absolute freedom of speech since it had to be read together with other provisions, including that Islam is the federation’s religion.

Yes, the judiciary has in place a review and appeals system that allows for decisions to be relooked at. But all these cases have already gone through that process.

What happens if after it has exhausted the entire process and the rulings are still worrying? What happens then? What can be done?

Each case stated above actually went through the judiciary in the appropriate way and followed all the necessary procedures and process. Technically, no wrong has been done.

So the question now is, although the due legal process was followed to the letter, has justice really been served by the institution?

[This article appeared originally at The Malaysian Insider]

The importance of local community filmmaking

Participants of the 2015 Borneo Eco Film Festival shooting their documentary film.


The importance of local community filmmaking
By Zan Azlee

When a journalist who comes from one area of the world flies in to another area and reports on a local issue or incident, then flies back to where he or she comes from, it is known as parachuting.

This happens a lot internationally, when foreign journalists fly into a country for a couple of weeks or even days, then flies out again.

And it happens locally as well. Tell me how many of you are constantly watching news or documentaries in the media about local communities in rural Sabah told by outsiders?

This practice has a big disadvantage because the stories told are usually never from the local perspective, and even worse, sometimes it even disregards local sensitivities.

An outsider who comes to a local community also doesn’t understand the local nuances and fully comprehends the context of certain things.

I am guilty of this too because I used have reported from many countries over the years. I always make it a point to hire a local fixer to guide me. But it really isn’t enough.

And that is why I am a volunteer with the NGO called Suara, are a group that organises the annual Borneo Eco Film Festival in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

What the group does is, they train local and indigenous communities in Sabah to use video and film to tell their local stories to the world.

The festival has been going on for five years now and I am honoured and proud to have been involved with them from the almost the beginning.

I just returned from the festival earlier this week and I felt compelled to highlight the work that this year’s participants have done that I think has created justice to the programme.

Many of the participants have been following the training for several years and their filmmaking skills have improved tremendously and it shows in the documentaries they produced this year.

One group from Kinabatangan made a documentary called ‘Lokos’ (the local dialect for ‘river’) which highlighted the Kinabatangan river pollution due to irresponsible plantation owners.

The beautifully shot film tells the story from a local perspective where the village’s fishermen now lost their source of income because of the depleting fish population in the river.

Another documentary that needs to be highlighted is ‘Mastal Arikik’ (Small Teacher) about a 14 year-old boy who teaches Bajau Laut children to read.

A large number of Bajau Laut children do not go to school due to many issues and this young boy has taken it upon himself to organise an informal school to educate them.

There were many more films that tells interesting and amazing stories that outsiders might never have the chance to discover and learn if not for this effort in community filmmaking.

Inspiring and amazing is to say the least. In fact, the festival not only attracts audiences from all over Malaysia, but also internationally.

This year, the renowned Sundance Institute was represented at the festival by the presence of Bird Runningwater, its Director for Native American and Indigenous Programming.

He conducted several talks at the festival sharing his experience and observations in promoting filmmaking in the indigenous communities of North America.

Runningwater said that it is important for small, local and indigenous communities to have a presence in mass media because it is the acknowledgment that is significant.

Of course, the efforts there are a little bit more established and those who have come out of the Institute’s programme are now full-fledged film professionals.

This definitely has opened the eyes to the Sabah indigenous community to the opportunities that lay out in front of them. Like I mentioned earlier – inspiring and amazing.

Here’s to a successful 2015 Borneo Eco Film Festival and the hopes that many more years of this noble effort will continue.

[This article appeared originally at English.AstroAwani.Com]

Watch the video I produced of my experience this year at the 2015 Borneo Eco Film Festival.


Listen to The Fat Bidin Film Club podcast where the issue of community filmmaking is discussed.