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Hanging out on Google while our Internet freedom ranking drops

Internet freedom: It’s not that bad lah!
By Zan Azlee

OCT 5 — Malaysia and Libya have the same Internet freedom ranking, which is 23 out of 47 countries. We trail behind countries such as the Philippines, Ukraine, Georgia, Uganda and Kyrgyzstan.

This is according to a recent study done by Freedom House, an independent watchdog organisation that monitors freedom around the world, called Freedom on the Net 2012.

In fact, the report even puts Malaysia under its list of countries at risk, which consists of another five countries (Russia, Sri Lanka, Libya, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Rwanda).

Malaysia definitely didn’t start out this way when it came to Internet freedom. It started with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s declaration that the country would never censor the Internet.

Fast forward about a decade later, Malaysia has sort of still stayed true to the promise made by the old man even if he has retired from office. But I guess the powers-that-be didn’t anticipate the good that would come to the Malaysian people and its society with having an Internet that is free. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

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Stop spamming my phone, Raja Nong Chik!

Stop spamming my phone, Raja Nong Chik!
By Zan Azlee

SEPT 14 — If there is one thing that I hate to death, it is spam. Getting spam email is one of the most annoying things ever. Even more annoying are spam SMSes… you know, the ones that tell you about cheap beer at various nightclubs or discounts at popular restaurants. But recently, the most annoying spam SMSes I have received are from a certain politician and Cabinet minister who goes by the name of Raja Nong Chik.

It started when I decided to register to vote slightly less than a year ago. Registration went fine with no glitches (i.e. suddenly finding out I’m registered to vote in Sabah!) My constituency, according to my IC address, is Lembah Pantai. As we know, the current MP in that area is PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar. Since I didn’t vote in the last general election, I can’t claim to have played a role in getting her into office.

And now that the 13th general election is coming up, rumour has it that Umno will be fielding Raja Nong Chik in Lembah Pantai. Now right after I had registered to vote (at the Election Commission office in Shah Alam), I started receiving the SMSes. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]



It was a different Malaysia…

It was a different Malaysia
By Zan Azlee

SEPT 7 — Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Tunku Ahmad Nerang, the son of the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia’s first prime minister. At 79 years old, slightly over six feet in height, and with a booming voice, one could get carried away that one is actually with the former prime minister himself.

My chat with him made me realise many things. I realised that Tunku Nerang and his family feel a sense of pride being of Tunku Abdul Rahman’s lineage. And this should rightfully be. Tunku Abdul Rahman was a great man who contributed and sacrificed a lot for the country.

I also realised that it was a different time then compared to now. It was a time when things were much simpler and happier.

“My father used to say that he was the poorest prime minister and also the happiest prime minister,” said Tunku Nerang.

Although I never met the man, from the stories I heard of him, it sounded like he was a very carefree person, yet very honest and sincere. And because of him, it gave me the impression that the country of Malaysia (or the Federation of Malaya) at that time was one that was carefree, honest and sincere too. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]



My top 10 reasons for celebrating National Day

My top 10 reasons for celebrating National Day
By Zan Azlee

AUG 31 — I haven’t come up with a top 10 list in a long time. And seeing that it’s National Day, I thought it would be apt to do just that this week!

(It could also mean that I’m already in the long weekend mode and am just too lazy to write something lengthy!)

So here’s my top 10 for why I am happy to celebrate this National Day: [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]



Janji Dicapati! Let’s have the elections already!

Janji Dicapati!
By Zan Azlee

AUG 3 — Rumours have been rife and everyone in Malaysia has been trying to predict when the prime minister is going to call for elections. It seems to many that the longer they wait, the more incidents are going to happen to jeopardise their chances of doing well in the elections.

Take this month of August, for instance. What has been happening in this month alone, and from just one government ministry, is enough to be a case study. It all started when Rais Yatim’s Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture announced the National Day celebration campaign.

The fact that Malaysia needs a campaign and theme is already sad enough, but when the National Day slogan was revealed, all hell broke loose. “Janji Ditepati” stank of political campaigning on the ruling party’s side but, of course, Rais had to defend it.

“When we’ve done something good, it means we’ve fulfilled our commitment, we’ve done it, so it’s not wrong to say so,” is what he was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times.

My favourite reaction amongst Malaysian is the online hashtag of #JanjDicapati, and in particular, when the faux Samy Vellu Twitter account posted: “Wife complains I never do any work so I promised to cook dinner. She was surprised when I cooked capati and kept my promise. Janji Dicapati.” [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]




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