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If you care for the Malays, don’t confuse them


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If you care for the Malays, don’t confuse them
By Zan Azlee

Many people believe that to create a united Malaysia, one of the main tools is language. And that is why we have an official national language which is Bahasa Malaysia.

It is the medium used in our national schools and also the official language in all of our government offices. Every citizen understands it so they all can communicate with each other.

This is not much of a problem for the Malays because Bahasa Malaysia seems to be their mother tongue anyway and it is spoken at home among family members.

For many minorities in the country (obviously the Chinese and Indians), it may not be the first language they learn because their mother tongue would probably be something else.

So they learn it as soon they start going to school. They have to anyway as it is a requirement if they want to pass the national exams and qualify for university.

Oh yeah, I am sure it is also because they want to integrate into the rest of the society and, well, be united as a nation, as citizens who share a country.

So Bahasa Malaysia is really a unifying language that can bring everyone together. That is the noble intention, I guess. But is it really true?

Well, that is what they want you to believe. Do not be fooled. Bahasa Malaysia is really a language just for the Malays, and the Malay Muslims to be more specific.

Bahasa Malaysia when spoken among the Malays is fine. They use it casually with friends and family, officially at work and spiritually when praying. No problems there.

The trouble only starts when people from other races and religions start speaking Bahasa Malaysia. That is when all hell starts to break loose. And I really do mean hell.

The Malays start getting confused because they now do not know who is Malay and who is not. They will not be able to tell others apart and in turn forget who they are.

“Whoa! That guy has really small slit eyes and he is speaking Bahasa Malaysia! Is he Malay? Wait a minute! Am I Malay? Am I not? Arghhh!” [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

What if the girls with the K-Pop boys weren’t tudung-clad?


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What if the girls with the K-Pop boys weren’t tudung-clad?
By Zan Azlee

This public debacle regarding K-Pop girly-boys hugging our Malaysian tudung-clad girls and kissing them seem to me as a tad, no a whole lot, ridiculous.

Apparently, the infiltration of this evil Korean phenomenon into Malaysia has caused the degradation of our sacred local tradition, customs and beliefs. 

Are they really sure that this specific evil Korean phenomenon will cause the downfall of our morals? And are they sure that our local customs are so above-all in the first place?

I was having lunch with a girl friend of mine a few days ago and she asked me a question relating to this issue of K-Pop Romeos seducing our virgin princesses.

“Zan, do you think if someone like me was to be up there on the stage hugging and kissing the prancing singers, all this fuss would even arise?” she asked. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 32) – Unsimplifying Charlie Hebdo


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Eps 32) – Unsimplifying Charlie Hebdo

Killing is never the answer, but the Charlie Hebdo incident is no straight forward act of terror. Zan and Aizyl get to talking about freedom of speech, the fear of criticising Islam, the complexity of being marginalised and people who use this incident to defend the Sedition Act. Also… we’ll be taking a break for a few weeks after this episode. But we’ll be back!

Listen to more Fat Bidin Podcasts here.

Charlie Hebdo may be bigoted, but it has a right to be so


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Charlie Hebdo may be bigoted, but it has a right to be so
By Zan Azlee

So who is to say that the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo is not guilty for being intentionally anti-Islam and provoking towards the Muslim community?

Although they satirise all major religions, it seems that the one that they give utmost focus on is Islam knowing full well that Muslims are the strictest when it comes to depicting the prophets.

When is the line crossed when humourous satire becomes hate-speech? Is humour and satire really meant to be offensive and hurtful and not laughed off?

So if Charlie Hebdo has been making fun of Islam all this while as evidence from all the cartoons they have published, then I guess they are racist, bigots and xenophobes.

As much as I can’t say I deny all of this and that I agree with whatever message they are trying to get across, I also can’t say that I am against how they are transmitting that message. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

The enigmas of 2014 – MH370 and right-wing extremism


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The enigmas of 2014 – MH370 and right-wing extremism
By Zan Azlee

Astro AWANI’s Zan Azlee shares the two things that affected him the most in 2014 – the sudden aviation tragedies and the rise of racial and religious extremism.

It has come to that time of the year (the end of it!) when everyone starts reflecting on what has happened and transpired and how far we have progressed or regressed.

As a social observer, two Malaysian issues stick out to me when it comes to 2014 in review and both are the most irrational, illogical and inconceivable issues that I have ever come across.

The first has to be the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

I covered this incident beginning from day one at the KLIA, right up to the search area off the coast of Perth, Australia. And I have never seen something so unexplainable in my entire life.

It is coming to nine months now with more than a dozen countries assisting in the search and not a single trace of the aircraft or it’s crew and passengers have been found.

From when I first arrived in Perth and attended the first press conference from there, the search and rescue (SAR) team has said that they are getting closer, narrowing the search area.

Of course, the area size started as huge China, and to make things worse, it was the rough and desolate South Indian Ocean. But they keep narrowing and narrowing with no trace at all? [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]