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The Food Show (Ep 1) – Smoked Beef Brisket & Italian Dressing Steak

We have launched a new YouTube series called THE FOOD SHOW. Brought to you by PINK LADLE (Jasmine Abu Bakar’s delicious personal food delivery/catering business!) in association with FAT BIDIN MEDIA! It’ll be a bi-monthly show, so tune in every first and third Monday of the month for a scrumptious time!

PINK LADLE presents
In association with FAT BIDIN MEDIA
(Ep 1 – Smoked Beef Brisket & Italian Dressing Steak)

Zan and Jasmine hold one of their epic barbecues and the dishes on the menu are all deliciously juicy beef!!

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 58) – Malaysian government’s horrible perception management

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 58) – Malaysian government’s horrible perception management

Regardless of being in the right or in the wrong, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration doesn’t seem to be placing any importance in managing the public’s perception of allegations against Najib and the government. What can be done better?

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Is this the end of the line for the 1MDB probe?



Is this the end of the line for the 1MDB probe?
By Zan Azlee

It isn’t difficult for the public to see how the Cabinet reshuffle by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Tuesday can be assumed as a strategic move for him to continue to stay in power and silence his critics.

The game of perception doesn’t seem to be a top priority in Malaysian politics these days (yeah… it’s always about perception of honesty, sincerity and transparency, isn’t it?). I guess it doesn’t matter what the public thinks.

But the issue of the day hasn’t changed and that is the questions and allegations surrounding the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal. What has changed is the influential people who have been critically vocal about it being dropped from their influential positions.

Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has been removed from his post as the attorney-general. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, who have been very critical about 1MDB, are no longer in cabinet.

Muhyiddin had given a press conference on Wednesday morning. But it was a tame affair and he stressed that he was still an Umno member and will toe the party line when the time comes. No news from Shafie.

Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who was the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) investigating the allegations of 1MDB, has been made deputy home minister. He has stepped down from his position as PAC chief.

The funny thing is that Nur Jazlan had, a few weeks earlier, been asked by reporters of his thoughts of the rumours speculating that he will be called up and appointed as a member of the cabinet.

Nur Jazlan was reported to have said that he was more interested in finishing the committee’s investigation of 1MDB rather than entertaining the thought of being appointed to a Cabinet position. He wanted to prove his ability as chairperson.

Oh well, flip-flopping and non-committal tendencies are rife in politics. There’s nothing you can do about that (again the perception game comes to mind). The question now is how will the investigation on 1MDB progress from here?

Now that Nur Jazlan has relinquished his post in the PAC, he has also announced that all further proceedings by the committee will be halted until a new line-up is announced at the next Dewan Rakyat sitting.

Sure, vice-chair of the PAC, Tony Pua, has said that technically, the committee can and will continue with its investigations. He has been vocal all this while. But look what happened to him. He is barred from leaving the country.

The media’s role? Let’s see. The Edge was the one that sparked widespread interest in the 1MDB scandal, and they have been suspended from publication for three months, a decision that could be an intimidating factor for other media organisations.

It looks like all the stops are being pulled. Every game in the playbook is being used. Everything that can be done to stop any further delving into what happened to 1MDB is being done. So is this the end of the line.

]This article originally appeared at The Malaysian Insider]

Wrong move in the game of perception, Najib?


Wrong move in the game of perception, Najib?
By Zan Azlee

In 1998, I was in my third year of university pursuing my bachelors degree. I was a normal student, more interested in girls, watching movies and listening to music than I was in national politics.

I had sent my then-girlfriend to Puduraya bus station so she could go back to her hometown in Ipoh when I encountered a deadlock traffic jam on Jalan Tun Perak towards Dataran Merdeka.

All of a sudden, I saw many masked young men running around my car and the others on the street. Some of them even started setting rubbish bins on fire in the middle of the road. I got pissed off because I was stuck.

I managed to weave my way home and later that evening did I realise that I had witnessed the start of the Reformasi street protests because the then-Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had been sacked.

Seventeen years later, I am a working journalist and have much more interest in national politics, a sense of deja vu has occurred. Of course, there has been no street protests, but a Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, has been removed from office.

As most Malaysians would know, along with the DPM, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has also been dropped and the Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has been removed from his post.

What do all these three people have in common? They have all been very vocal and critical about the 1MDB scandal that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been implicated with.

The reason for the reshuffle of the Cabinet by Najib (or more specifically, the dropping of Muhyiddin) is so that his “administration remains committed and focused towards nation-building as promised by the Barisan Nasional government”.

They say that politics and public administration is a game of perception. Leaders and politicians are supposed to be perceived as honest, credible and responsible. They are supposed to be perceived as sincere and transparent.

From the Cabinet reshuffle, I guess that rule of perception doesn’t apply to politics and public administration in Malaysia. Public perception is the least of the administration’s priorities. Having the strength to remain in power is number one.

Najib already took a bad step by not being clear and upfront in addressing all the allegations regarding 1MDB. And now, with the removal of all the individuals who have been critical, it just plays to a negative perception of his role in the scandal.

I wonder if this is obvious to him, or his team of advisors? Do they realise how this move makes him look in the eyes of the public? The people are not dumb and they can formulate their own deductions based on what they see.

Of course, legally and technically, the prime minister has the prerogative to determine his Cabinet, at least until the next general election. But whether his decision is in the interest of the nation or a personal agenda, we can only assume based on how we see things.

The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 19) – Michael Moore has a new film out? Really?

The Fat Bidin Film Club (Ep 19) – Michael Moore has a new film out? Really?

Zan and Aizyl is NOT reviewing Ant-Man! Instead, they are talking about Michael Moore and his documentary films. They are shocked to find out that he has a new film out called ‘Where to Invade Next’. His last film was six years ago and nobody knew he was working on a new one.


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