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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 40) – #KitaLawan lagi… not as much lawan


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 40) – #KitaLawan lagi… not as much lawan

Marching like a wedding procession was hilarious. But with #KitaLawan leaders hauled up by the police just before the demonstration really hurt the numbers. Are the police succeeding in turning the volume down on #KitaLawan?

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Searching for that ‘mom and pop store’ experience


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Searching for that ‘mom and pop store’ experience
By Zan Azlee

When I walk around the Kuala Lumpur city centre, the experience I get is something that although can sometimes be exciting, yet leaves me empty somehow.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot and I think it has to do with the fact that every single store, restaurant, cafe and establishment is a generic and impersonal franchise or chain. I don’t have conversations with people and I don’t interact. Sure, we interact with the sales people over the cashier counter if we make any transactions, but that’s about it.

I remember the days when I was growing up in the small cowboy town of Johor Bahru. It seemed like my parents knew everyone at every single place they went to. The local barber knew my father by name and they would chat about things while our hair was cut (and no matter how I described it to him, my hair never turned out to be like MacGyver’s!). And if we went out for breakfast on Sunday mornings, we knew the guy who owned the roti prata (roti canai for the rest of Malaysia) stall as my father and him were like old friends.

It was the same with my mother. The family clinic we went to had an old doctor that had been her family doctor for decades even before I was born. The guy who sold fruits in a push cart near the main post office was apparently a family friend and was my uncle’s old classmate back in secondary school.

Now back to the big city of Kuala Lumpur. As I have mentioned, all the shops and eating places have become so impersonal as most are chains and franchises. Although on the surface, it looks like it does well for the economy and it creates jobs, in the long term, it might not bring such an advantage to the development of the society. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]

Public parks: A way to reduce crime?


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Public parks: A way to reduce crime?
By Zan Azlee

One of the main gripes of many Malaysians, especially those who live in the cities like Kuala Lumpur, is the crime rate and how dangerous it is because of petty crime.

What if the solution to the crime problem is just a simple one? So simple that it could make you kick yourself because it doesn’t even cost that much.

Frances Kuo a researcher and assistant professor who studies urban planning and environmental design did a series of experiments in the Chicago area.

She observed different public housing projects that had either a natural park-like surrounding or a more concrete-like environment and documented the incidents relating to crime and violence. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]

The Fat Bidin Vox Pop (Ep 7) – How Do I Raise an Independent Daughter?


Gender equality was the theme at Art For Grabs, so we went around asking… “How DO you raise an independent daughter?”

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‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ book tour stops at Art for Grabs this weekend (23-24 August 2014)!


It’s fun being on a book tour campaign thingy-majiggy!! Seriously… we are in love with our latest non-fiction graphic novel ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan‘! If we do say so ourselves! Muahahaha!!

This weekend (23rd – 24th August), we stop at Art for Grabs at The School, Jaya One. We will have a booth there on Saturday and Sunday where you can get the book, our priceless autographs, and other official merchandise!

And a special show for you guys on Saturday at 3:30pm! It’s really special!! REALLY SPECIAL!!!

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