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Elections in the digital age… will it truly not be televised?

I covered the 11th and 12th General Elections. Now I can’t wait for the 13th!

Elections in the digital age
By Zan Azlee

DEC 16 — In my career as a journalist, I have managed to cover two general elections — the ones in 2004 and 2008.

In 2004, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was leading Barisan Nasional (BN) in an election for the first time and many saw him as a refreshing change after 22 years of Mahathirism.

The Internet was around then but its penetration wasn’t that high (37 per cent) and broadband was in its infancy in the country.

Barisan Nasional, as expected, won the elections in a landslide victory.

I covered the elections in the Lembah Pantai constituency where Shahrizat Jalil was the BN candidate and she defeated Sanusi Osman from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

Nothing out of the ordinary happened.

In 2008, Abdullah was losing his grip on Umno. The elections took place and BN suffered its worst results in an election ever (although it still won). [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]

Here’s the documentary (R.A.H.M.A.N.) I made in 2004 about the elections:

And then the one in 2008 (I May be Malaysian, But I Carry a Big Stick):

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KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (Part 8 of 8) – Multiracial or not… we will survive… together!

FAT BIDIN PRESENTS… KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (NEW AGE NEW VILLAGE)
Part 8 of 8 (Conclusion)
Multiracial or not… we will survive… together!

Short synopsis: Kampung Baru is a traditional Malay village situated in the heart of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Traditional Malay houses are surrounded by huge concrete and steel skyscrapers that provide a juxtaposition of modern urbanisation and customs and tradition. Zan talks to several individuals who have close ties with Kampung Baru to try and capture the essence of the village.

Click here to watch all the episodes.

KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU was screened on ntv7 in conjunction with the 2010 Merdeka celebrations. Visit the FAT BIDIN E-STORE to buy the DVD and own it for yourself!

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KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (Part 7 of 8) – Racial harmony? Not Anymore!

FAT BIDIN PRESENTS… KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (NEW AGE NEW VILLAGE)
Part 7 of 8
Racial harmony? Not anymore!

Short synopsis: Kampung Baru is a traditional Malay village situated in the heart of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Traditional Malay houses are surrounded by huge concrete and steel skyscrapers that provide a juxtaposition of modern urbanisation and customs and tradition. Zan talks to several individuals who have close ties with Kampung Baru to try and capture the essence of the village.

Click here to watch all the episodes.

KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU was screened on ntv7 in conjunction with the 2010 Merdeka celebrations. Visit the FAT BIDIN E-STORE to buy the DVD and own it for yourself!



KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (Part 6 of 8) – Malays, Chinese, Indians and whomever… let’s divide them!

FAT BIDIN PRESENTS… KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (NEW AGE NEW VILLAGE)
Part 6 of 8
Malays, Chinese, Indians and whomever… let’s divide them!

Short synopsis: Kampung Baru is a traditional Malay village situated in the heart of the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. Traditional Malay houses are surrounded by huge concrete and steel skyscrapers that provide a juxtaposition of modern urbanisation and customs and tradition. Zan talks to several individuals who have close ties with Kampung Baru to try and capture the essence of the village.

Click here to watch all the episodes.

KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU was screened on ntv7 in conjunction with the 2010 Merdeka celebrations. Visit the FAT BIDIN E-STORE to buy the DVD and own it for yourself!



Pregnancy is no excuse for skipping full military jungle training! 5th episode up on FATBIDIN.TV!

Slap me upside down!! Not another new episode of ‘Kampung Baru Alaf Baru (New Age New Village)’ online now at FATBIDIN.TV? If you ever thought being 6 months pregnant meant you could not jump off a flying helicopter, then do not consider yourself a patriotic Malaysian!

FAT BIDIN PRESENTS…
KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (NEW AGE NEW VILLAGE)

Part 5 of 8
Pregnancy is no excuse for skipping full military jungle training!

A still shot from my film KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU



I like the Chinese. They took the attention away from the Malays during the Japanese Occupation! 4th episode up on FATBIDIN.TV!

Booyaaa!!! Fourth episode of ‘Kampung Baru Alaf Baru (New Age New Village)’  online now at FATBIDIN.TV! I like the Chinese… they took the attention away from the Malays during the Japanese Occupation!

FAT BIDIN PRESENTS…
KAMPUNG BARU ALAF BARU (NEW AGE NEW VILLAGE)

Part 4 of 8
What’s a Chinese guy doing in a Malay kampung?

Still shot from 'Kampung Baru Alaf Baru'



The PPPA amendment – premature reaction?

And so we might be the next Egypt or China. Isn’t that cool?

The PPPA amendment – premature reaction?
By Zan Azlee

JAN 28 — Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein recently said people should not jump to conclusions about the intention to amend the country’s press laws. According to our beloved home minister, it’s just a proposal and no final decisions nor details have even been brought up yet so don’t react prematurely.

Of course, we all know that this apparent “premature” reaction was caused by his secretary-general, Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam. What did he do? He said that the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (PPPA) should expand its scope to include “publications” online and blogs.

Now according to the PPPA, all media outlets are required to renew their publishing and printing permits annually. New Media never had to deal with that because in 1995, our then prime minister, Tun Mahathir Mohamad, pledged that Malaysia would never censor the Internet. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]



Give us back our Internet dammit!

They want to take it away from us!! Bloody bastards!!

Give us back our Internet!
By Zan Azlee

OCT 8 — I’ve always been very vocal in my belief that the Internet is an important tool that empowers ordinary people and allows them to have a voice. No barriers of entry mean that anyone can have their own media outlet and even take on the big guns (as long as the content is of quality!). It also means that information and knowledge become a basic human right as everything is free for anyone to access.

I wrote articles about it, gave lectures, encouraged the youth to use it, trained other journalists to use it, and I used it myself for my own work. I believed in it so much that I even consulted for companies and got them to utilise it, too, as a free PR tool. Only a few years has gone by and now it looks like the winds of change are blowing and I don’t know if it’s for the better or worse. [Click to read the rest of the article]




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