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No one defended Ridhuan Tee, boohoo!

Dear Assoc. Prof. Dr Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah. What the hell are you talking about?


No one defended Ridhuan Tee, boohoo!
By Zan Azlee

It has been a very stress free few months for me. The reason is because I have intentionally ignored everything said and written by the nation’s number one nemesis, Ridhuan Tee.

I have ignored his weekly columns and I have ignored all the things that were written about him. Whenever I see his name crop up on my computer screen, I just click away. It’s nice!

That is, right up until a couple of days ago when a friend of mine tagged me in a post on Facebook which had a link to an article about Ridhuan Tee. Ahh… it was good while it lasted!

It was about Ridhuan Tee, in one of his columns, wondering why no one had come to his defence when he was investigated for sedition once before regarding an article he wrote.

It seemed like he was so jealous and envious of the fact that so many Malaysians had come forward in support of Assoc. Prof. Azmi Shahrom when he was charged for sedition recently. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]



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Give a man handouts and he gets cash for a day…



Give a man handouts and he gets cash for a day…
By Zan Azlee

It’s that time of the year again when the nation is gearing up for the tabling of the 2015 national Budget  by prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

This is when issues about the economy and finances start cropping up taking centre stage in the people’s minds. And of course the number one topic has to be cost of living.

And why wouldn’t it be, right? The rising cost of living in Malaysia affects every person in the country who is, well, living.

Without a doubt, every year, things get more expensive and we have to continue to spend more just to maintain a certain standard or quality of living that is considered decent.

It’s different for different people. Some are happy just being able to survive and put food on the table for themselves and their family while others want a little bit more of an enhanced lifestyle.

How ever you define your standard of living, one thing is constant – as the years go by, you need more and more financially to be able to maintain it, what more to improve.

It is only natural for human beings to expect that to improve your financial situation, you will most probably have to put in more effort.

We are taught that if we put in effort, be it more thought or even more physical work, we will reap the benefits. And for the most parts, this is true.

If we work harder at our jobs, we expect to be recognised and rewarded for it. If we work hard and pursue and education, we also expect there to be a reward for it.

So, I cannot fathom the reasoning of elected leaders who go on and on about how we need to appreciate the fact that the government of the day is so generous in giving handouts.

They go on and on about how cash handouts like the ever increasing BR1M money giveaway and subsidies for petrol, cooking oil, flour, etc, improves people’s lives.

For example, the deputy finance minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan recently said that with all the handouts given, it should cover the living expenses of Malaysians for three months. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

Is race-based politics still relevant?



Is race-based politics still relevant?
By Zan Azlee

I do not agree with race-based politics. There are many examples that actually show how detrimental it is to national harmony in Malaysia.

Recently, I had the opportunity to have a sit-down interview Khairy Jamaluddin, the Minister of Youth and Sports, and he shared with me some of his views.

As we know, he is also the Youth Chief of Umno, a political party that serves to protect the interests of the Malay community in the country.

Khairy says that there is nothing wrong fo r a community to want to protect their interest as long as it doesn’t override the interest of national harmony.

“Politics based on ethnicity that pits one race against another, or the politics of hate and fear, is something that is not on,” he says.

He adds that it is totally fine for groups to protect the rights of different religious communities such as the Muslims, Hindus, Christians, and whatnot.

Khairy is also against extremist voices and hate-speech. He believes that there should be clearer legislation to eliminate this from continuing

In theory, I do agree with what he says. However, my point of contention is that there has been too many incidents that just shows the negative side of race-based politics.

I have the opinion that it is through decades of race-based politics that we see how segregated Malaysia is at the current moment. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

Palestine will go back to just being a car sticker



Palestine will go back to just being a car sticker
By Zan Azlee

Last week, I wrote in my column here that I am not one of those who are boycotting McDonald’s or Starbucks Coffee.

The reason I am not boycotting them is because I feel that the problem lies much deeper than just fast food companies and designer coffee.

I wrote that the backers of the Israel government had too much clout that a mere boycott of a few companies will not do any damage. Instead, locals get hurt more.

I also wrote that for something to actually hurt the Israel government, it has to be big and prominent enough.

For example, how several European state-owned investment arms have blacklisted Israeli companies and financial institutions.

I also said that governments that trade with Israel by proxy because they didn’t want to be seen as ‘trading with Israel’ should also cease what they are doing.

Read my column last week carefully. I also didn’t belittle the thousands who have decided to boycott McDonald’s and what not.

How can you blame them? Without the right facts and information, they actually believe what they are doing is right.

But when the boycott turns out to be just plain vandalism and bullying, then how do you justify it as being right?

Outlets being damaged, workers being attacked an assaulted, their children being shunned in school. How does that help the Palestinians?

The response that came in regarding my column last week were amusing to say the least, although a few agreed with what I had to say, many condemned me.

They accused me of being a Jew, an infidel, a hater of Muslims, an associate of the devil and a lot more colourful words and phrases.

That’s fine by me. I’m a big boy and I can definitely take criticism. Anyway, a little bit of name-calling just makes things a little bit more interesting.

But here’s the thing. I wonder what these people who are condemning me so strongly are thinking about the statement made by the Palestinian ambassador to Malaysia?

Dr. Anwar Al Agha yesterday said that it would be much better if people actually pressured and lobbied against the Unites States rather than boycott McDonald’s. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Vox Pop (Ep 5) – Ibrahim Ali goes international! What do Malaysians think of dogs?

Ibrahim Ali recently graduated from local media to international news… claiming that the use of cute and adorable Scottish Terrier dogs during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games was disrespectful to Islam. We spend an evening by the lake at Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam, to find out people’s perception of Islam’s view on dogs.

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