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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 47) – What’s ASEAN’s deal with human rights, man?


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 47) – What’s ASEAN’s deal with human rights, man?

Zan and Aizyl try and tackle the issue of boat people stranded at sea and the problems that have led to it. Featuring Klang MP Charles Santiago who also chairs ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) to help with context on the Rohingya crisis and ASEAN’s handling of the issue.

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Should we be worried about POTA?


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Should we be worried about POTA?
By Zan Azlee

So the POTA has been passed in Parliament. What is it? It’s the Prevention of Terrorism Bill 2015 and it was passed after being debated for more than 12 hours.

In essence, it is a law that is to ‘prevent the conduct or support for acts of violence involving terrorist organization of a foreign country and for the control of persons affected by such act’.

But it seems to be a very worrying bill because of the vagueness in it’s definitions and the absolute power it gives to the police and the authorities with disregard for the judiciary.

Some of the worrying points of the bill include the fact that it still means that the police can detain an individual without trial and just based on suspicion.

Also, there will be a ruling board headed by an appointed inquiry officer who seems to be very powerful and influential in determining what happens to the detained or suspected individual.

Another very worrying point is that there will be no judicial review allowed, which basically means that no court can change any decision made by the POTA authorities.

And most worrying of all is that although it says that POTA will not be used to curb political activity, the exact definition of political activity isn’t clear and can be debated very subjectively.

In fact, many academics and politicians (from both sides of the divide) have expressed that POTA will not be ideal in actually combatting terrorist activities. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 36) – Human rights in Malaysia


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 36) – Human rights in Malaysia

Amnesty International recently released its report on the state of the world’s human rights and its Malaysian chapter says our country’s status is deteriorating. Zan and Aizyl discuss freedom of expression, religious discrimination and Amnesty International’s forecast on further infringements we may face in the coming couple of years.

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Malaysia… standing in the eyes of the world!


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Malaysia… standing in the eyes of the world!
By Zan Azlee

In a previous life, I used to work with the foreign media. But then, a year and a half ago, I decided to go full on in the local media, hence I am now at Astro AWANI. Not much of a story behind the decision. It’s very clichéd actually. I wanted to feel more local stories and tell it to more local people. Basically, I wanted to serve Malaysia (chewah!).

In my opinion, for real impact, Malaysians need to be aware of the issues in their country and in their own context. Only then will they be moved to take action if it so requires. However, news about Malaysia in the foreign media is important because it puts some highlight on to the country and its issues.

Positive news that appear on a global media platform will bring pride and happiness to the people while negative news puts pressure on whoever is responsible. So I thought for this week, I would like to take a look at the different news stories on Malaysia that appeared in the foreign and international media. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

Top ten reasons to oppose the Peaceful Assembly Bill


I oppose the Peaceful Assembly Bill.

Top ten reasons to oppose the Peaceful Assembly Bill
By Zan Azlee

NOV 25 — I disagree with the Peaceful Assembly Bill which is being tabled in Parliament at the moment and I know that many sane Malaysians also disagree with it. There’s been (and will be) tons of people writing and voicing their thoughts on the matter and here’s my list of top 10 reasons why I disagree with it: [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]