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The Fat Bidin Vox Pop (Ep 4) – So how is the media covering the MH17 tragedy?


The issue this week ain’t no laughing matter. Zan and Aizyl Azlee talk about the MH17 tragedy and they meet people in the mean streets of Kuala Lumpur to see what they think… how the media has been covering it, if the victims’ families are given respect and privacy, and the differences and similarities between this tragedy and the one five months ago… MH370.

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The Fat Bidin Vox Pop (Ep 3) – Trustworthiness of the Malaysian media… is plagiarism rampant?


We ask Subang dwellers how much trust they have in the Malaysian media. Especially after BERNAMA, the country’s national news agency, was recently accused of plagiarising an article from the Jakarta Globe about the Indonesian presidential elections. Is plagiarism rampant in the industry? Some think that all journalists do is sit in the office and write what they are told to!!

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Getting rid of the poor is not eradicating poverty


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Getting rid of the poor is not eradicating poverty
By Zan Azlee

Okay sure. The Federal Territories minister has cleared the air on his remarks regarding soup kitchens operating in the city of Kuala Lumpur.

Apparently, he did not say that soup kitchens providing free meals for the poor and homeless in the city will not be allowed to continue with their work.

His rules are for these soup kitchens to operate only outside a 2km radius from the Lot 10 and Bukit Bintang area, so that they won’t dirty the area.

That’s a fair and reasonable request, I would say. But I guess that this would still be a good time to talk about the issue of these non-profit soup kitchens and the plight of the homeless.

The fact that anyone can actually think that just by providing free food we are encouraging the homeless and jobless to stay jobless, is ridiculous.

I doubt that a homeless and poverty-stricken person has anything else going to want to stay in that situation, just because he or she gets to eat for free once or twice a week.

By giving free haircuts and maybe a set of clean clothes to them does not mean that they don’t face any other problems the rest of their lives and are care free.

For a homeless and jobless person to come out of his situation, cutting off the supply of free hot meals does not help one bit at all. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Sometimes, it takes a generation for transformation


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Sometimes, it takes a generation for transformation
By Zan Azlee

One of the reasons why education is one of the National Key Economic Areas under Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) is because, not only will it help in developing the country, it also provides upward social mobility for it’s citizens.

If you address education, all other areas will be addressed as well, from the nation’s general economic disparity, right down to the development of specific industries. As the Malay saying goes, melentur buluh biar lah dari rebungnya.

Instead of problems like lack of a quality curriculum or even uncommitted teaching staff, the problem SMK Taman Tun Dr. Ismail in Kuala Lumpur faced was how to integrate a large group of students from varying levels of economic backgrounds.

The school serves an area that has people of diverse financial situations. It has the extremes of those living on both ends of the spectrum; the upper class residential areas where houses cost millions and squatter areas where the houses are shacks. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]

I haven’t decided what to talk about at the Poskod Journalism Campus (part of the #FAST The Cooler Lumpur Festival)!


I haven’t decided what I’ll be talking about at the Poskod Journalism Campus this week. I’m going to be part of a panel discussing the topic ‘Journalism for Gen Y’. Fuhh… I’m still relevant enough to the Gen Y!!! Muahahaha!!

Anyway, it’s going to be on the 20th of June, 2pm at Black Box, Publika. It’s open to the public but you can pre-register to ensure a seat by clicking here. The other panelists are Lim Chee Wah (Editor, Time Out KL), Niki Cheong (Lecturer, KDU) and Loo Jia-Wei (Managing Director, Popfolio Network). The session will be moderated by Ian Yee (Editor, R.A.G.E.).

The Poskod Journalism has a lot more activities other than this panel discussion… but if you want to meet me in the flesh… this is the one to be at! Muahahaha!

But another activity worth checking out is the ‘Anatomy of a documentary from idea to screen – a workshop with Al Jazeera’. You need to be a documentary filmmaker with a project in the works to be a part of this one. And if you get selected, you’ll get… something! Go check it out here.

The Poskod Journalism Campus is actually part of The Cooler Lumpur Festival, a creative festival that is kinda cool (well, I’m a part of it… it has to be cool!). It’s organised by PopDigital, the team behind PopTeeVee, The Effing Show and Poskod.My. Really cool bunch of people! The entire festival has loads of cool stuff happening between 20th to 22nd June 2014 at Publika, Kuala Lumpur.

(This has to be the most number of times I’ve used the word ‘cool’ in a paragraph!)