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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 30) – We’re prominent Malays… right?


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 30) – We’re prominent Malays… right?

Zan and Aizyl think they’re prominent enough as Malays to add to the discussion of moderation. They try to figure out what people have against progress, discuss how small groups get away with large claims made on their behalf, and learned how to be Malay from a Chinese guy.

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Isma, stop undoing progress


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Isma, stop undoing progress
By Zan Azlee

I work very hard in trying to teach my four-year-old daughter that she can do and be anything she wants to and that being a girl or a boy makes no difference at all. What is important is that she is a human being.

But it’s really difficult even in this day and age when one would actually assume that gender equality should be understood by all; but the truth is the opposite. It seems that patriarchal sexism is still as dominant as ever.

Certain friends and relatives always throw lavish praises of how pretty she looks or how a good girl should act so as to look pretty, but never pour positive reinforcements regarding self-esteem, confidence and intelligence.

What is worse is the fact that gender biasness happens even in the public domain. And most recently, even women are putting that extra effort to make sure their fellow women are held down in life.

Isma’s head of family and society bureau, Dr Nur Farrah Nadia Najib, was reported to have said that Malaysia can be a high-achieving nation with the men leading the workforce and the women staying home and raising children.

She went on to say that men should put in most of their efforts in shaping the nation while women should get a good education and stay at home to concentrate on raising healthy and successful boys and girls. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Threatening and scaring people into submission is unIslamic


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Threatening and scaring people into submission is unIslamic
By Zan Azlee

“You should always be good and obey God,” said the ustaz.

“Because if you don’t, you will be committing sins, and for that, you will burn in the unimaginable heat of Hell!”

I used to hear that all the time as a small child between the ages of eight right up to my teens, attending Islamic religious classes. And I definitely have a problem with that.

First of all, little children who are being taught Islam in school or by their parents need to be taught about the beauty of the religion and how wonderful and happy it is to have faith.

They should not be threatened with sin and hell fire punishment for every little insignificant mischievous and naughty little thing that they do. It does not make them better Muslims.

Instead, there should be positive reinforcement.

“You should always do good because then people will like you just like how you like people who are good to you,” is what I would say.

“Then we can all be happy instead of being angry with each other.”

‘Pujuk’ is a Malay word and is officially translated to English as ‘persuade, coaxing or flattery’. And it all actually brings positive connotations rather than negative.

And any sane person would know that if you wanted a child to do something, you don’t force him or her, you try to ‘pujuk’ them nicely by talking sweetly or even rewarding them.

So it doesn’t take much to understand, as adults, that if Muslims want the world to see how beautiful their religion is, shouldn’t they show it’s beauty? [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 29) – Students say hell no, they won’t go!


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 29) – Students say hell no, they won’t go!

Deciding to get off their asses for the day, Zan and Aizyl went to give #OccupyUM a visit. They came back bearing interviews with Datuk Ambiga, a student activist, and one eighth of UM8 Safwan Shamsuddin. Reporting straight from University Malaya, the brothers share their insight on the matter.

Check out the previous podcast where they speak to ringleader Fahmi Zainol just before the event that caused the kerfuffle: https://soundcloud.com/fatbidin/the-fat-bidin-podcast-ep-24-student-activism-sacrificing-education-for-the-sake-of-education

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Thank God for our mahasiswa!


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Thank God for our mahasiswa!
By Zan Azlee

Last night after dinner and right before heading off to watch a midnight film with my wife (David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” is pretty good!), I decided to drive over to Universiti Malaya.

As most would know, there is a group of students who have decided to “Occupy UM” by setting up tents in the small field by the front entrance in protest of the actions taken against the UM8.

The UM8 are student leaders who were recently fined and suspended by the university for trying to go ahead with a talk they had organised with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The talk was initially approved but the approval was withdrawn at the last minute. Anwar came anyway, and the students pushed their way into the university grounds.

I went for two reasons. The first: given the fact that I am a journalist, I wanted to go the ground and witness myself the happenings going on there.

The second reason is because I feel like I have a certain solidarity with students who are determined and confident enough to stand up for what they believe in.

It is not because I was a student activist back in university. Far from it. I was actually quite apathetic about politics, economy and social issues. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]