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The Fat Bidin Podcast (On Video!) Ep 72 – School is no place for love!

The Fat Bidin Podcast (ON VIDEO!)
Ep 72 – School is no place for love!

Are Malaysians getting to hyped up about an unsubstantiated video circulating online of a couple in school uniform in the midst of a marriage proposal? Can’t handle a little PDA?


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The Muslim supermarket cashier



The Muslim supermarket cashier
By Zan Azlee

There is a small supermarket near my house that I usually go to whenever our kitchen runs out of small items like salt, sugar, dish washing liquid or baby formula at inconvenient times.

During one of those inconvenient times, while I was lining up at the cashier, I noticed that the person in front of me had a six-pack of beer in his hand.

As soon as it got to his turn, he gently placed the six-pack on the cashier counter and slid it towards the cashier, who was a young and pleasant looking girl in a tudung.

She had a slight look of apprehension when she saw the six-pack, but she quickly responded by reaching under the counter and pulling out a small plastic bag.

I was wondering to myself if she had made the right decision, if she had chosen the right size plastic bag to fit the six-pack in for the customer in front of me.

It seem quite small and a large six-pack would probably not fit inside. It was really a small plastic bag that would hold, at most, one box of cigarette and a vaping machine.

But then something funny happened. Instead of taking the six-pack and putting it inside the plastic bag, the young, tudung-clad girl put her hand inside of it!

She then proceeded to hold the six pack, scan it through the cash register and with her other hand, took another bigger plastic bag and stuck the six-pack into that bag.

Ah, that made much more sense, I thought. It did not make sense why she just couldn’t touch the six-pack with her bare hands.

What made sense was why she had taken such a small plastic bag instead of a bigger one. She wanted to use it for her hand and not for the six-pack!

Then all the clicks and whirrs started making noise in my head and I put two and two together even more so it got clearer as to why she took out the plastic bag.

She is a tudung-clad girl and looked obviously Malay. I deduced (or I was just being stereotypical and judgmental) that she would have been a Muslim.

In Islam, beer is an alcoholic beverage and alcohol is “haram” and forbidden to be consumed. Hence, she was using the plastic bag to shield her skin from touching a haram beverage.

As a journalist, I prided myself in my observational and deduction skills (or many would probably say stereotypical and judgmental skills).

But then the clicks and whirrs in my head got louder. If the beverage is haram to be consumed, and it was in a can, wouldn’t she really be touching the can rather than the alcohol itself?

And, is merely touching alcohol without actually drinking it haram and forbidden? Could you get really get drunk and intoxicated if the alcohol touched your skin?

In this particular case, could you get drunk and intoxicated if your skin came into contact with the aluminium can that had alcohol inside of it? Hmm, very complex situation.

Then I started wondering. Would the act not of selling the alcohol itself and actually aiding someone to obtain alcohol to consume it be more sinful than just touching the cans?

Ah, but what do I know about all these things? I am someone whose logic also tells me that having dedicated trolleys for halal and non-halal items at a supermarket is ridiculous.

[This article originally appeared at The Malaysian Insider]

And here’s a little documentary I did about Muslims touching dogs and the special magic soap that will absolve their sin!


I’ll wish Selamat Deepavali to whomever I want!



I’ll wish Selamat Deepavali to whomever I want!
By Zan Azlee

This may be slightly belated but Selamat Deepavali everyone. This is one of my daughter Athena’s favourite festivals, and I’m sure it is because of the colours that are all around, from the clothes to the kolums.

But then again, all the festivals we celebrate are Athena’s favourites. She loves Hari Raya because of the feminine baju kurung she gets to wear, Chinese New Year for all the money she collects.

Christmas is a favourite because of all the gifts she gets and there is halloween because she gets to pretend to be all kinds of characters. The only festival that she isn’t too fond of is Thaipusem because she hasn’t mastered going into a trance.

I like the fact that Athena feels no inhibitions in wanting to celebrate all of these festivals. I hope that spirit will carry on way past into adulthood. And I pray that she won’t be influenced by other Malaysians.

These Malaysians that I am talking about are those extremist Malay Muslims who condemn and forbid any other Malay Muslims to wish those of other faiths greetings during their festivities.

Growing up in a multicultural and multifaith family, I had always been confused, especially in school, when classmates (and sometimes even teachers) would tell me that I will go to hell for celebrating Chinese New Year.

Because according to these people, Malay Muslims are forbidden to wish others Kong Hei Fatt Choy, or Merry Christmas, Happy Deepavali, or whatever else other than Selamat Hari Raya because it would mean your faith would erode.

But I was lucky that I had a set of good parents and relatives that just couldn’t be bothered with all this nonsense. We were happy and proud of the fact that there are all kinds of ethnicities and religions in our family.

But recently, I can’t help but noticed how we as Malaysians (and Singaporeans, because a lot of my family members are from there as well) are so influenced by a racial outlook when it comes to, well, almost everything.

Of course, like any modern family, we have a Whatsapp group to communicate. And last Tuesday, a few of the Chinese cousins started wishing ‘Happy Deepavali to our Hindu cousins’.

That’s fine and all, but I think everyone should take a step back and see who celebrates Deepavali. In our family, it’s everyone because we would all gather at the houses of our Hindu relatives and gamble!

And so it is for Hari Raya when the others would wish ‘Selamat Hari Raya to our Muslim cousins’. But, then, everyone would gather at our houses to eat and err… gamble. This is the same for Chinese New Year. And gambling is definitely a must then!

Don’t get me wrong. I, and everyone, knows that it is with the best intentions that we all wish each other that way, and I am proud and happy about it. But I would also like our family to just see ourselves as one and the same no matter what.

Well, I’m actually not too worried about my family. We are really doing quite alright and heading in the right direction. What I really want to see is that Malaysian society as a whole can come to the point my family is at right now.

Selamat Deepavali to all Malaysians.

[This article appeared originally at English.AstroAwani.Com]

The Fat Bidin Podcast (On Video!) Ep 71 – Idiots who don’t vaccinate their kids

The Fat Bidin Podcast (ON VIDEO!)
Ep 71 – Idiots who don’t vaccinate their kids

A group of idiot parents have decided not to vaccinate their children because there could be traces of pig DNA in vaccines.


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Don’t kill your child just because of a little pig DNA



Don’t kill your child just because of a little pig DNA
By Zan Azlee

Here we go again with the issue of pig DNA being found in things that we consume.

And so, a number of Malaysian Muslims have decided to make noise about it.

Last year, the issue came about when pig DNA was found in chocolate. Oh what a big hoo haa that was. This year, a group of Muslims are claiming that certain vaccines contain it.

And because of that, a group of Muslims have decided to refuse vaccination for children claiming that it would be halal.

I have no qualms in saying that they are ridiculous for doing so.

Islam is a religion that, first and foremost, does not inconvenience it’s followers. And something that is done for the good of mankind, should be accepted as that.

There is a term in Islam known as ‘Istihalah’. It is defined as the transformation of najis or filth into something different, usually something beneficial.

Take for example the process of purifying waste water into consumable water. There are many countries where this technology is widely used for their water supply, Singapore being one.

Consuming and drinking such water would be permissible and halal even though it’s origins would most probably have been from the toilet or anywhere else.

Another example would be the fermentation of alcohol into vinegar, which is widely used in Muslim cuisine and is consideredhalal.

Yet another example: using manure, which is basically animal feces, to fertilise plants. Would the produce like vegetables and fruits from these plants be considered haram?

The rationale, from what I understand, would be that if any element initially considered haram is chemically transformed into a different, more useful form, it should be considered halal.

This is supported by many Islamic scholars, among them renowned ulamas like Yusof Qardawi, Sheikh Faisal Maulawi and even our own Datuk Dr. Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin.

Sure, there are others who have opposing views and everybody is entitled to their opinions and interpretations.

This is a matter of fiqh, or jurisprudence, which is subject to interpretation, opinion, rationale and societal context. It is allowed for Muslims to have opposing and different viewpoints.

But I have to draw the line when it comes to vaccination and the health of children, because kids don’t have a say in such matters.

Should we not speak up when overzealous parents make decisions that are detrimental to their children’s health and safety?

There are so many deadly diseases that can easily kill your child if they are not vaccinated.

Use your logic and common sense. God gave it to you for a reason.

[This article originally appeared at English.AstroAwani.Com]