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Is race-based politics still relevant?


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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]

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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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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 15) – GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS!


Feminism, female portrayal in the media, princess syndrome and GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS!! Oh yeah!!

*Watch The Fat Bidin Vox Pop video tomorrow where Zan and Aizyl take to the mean streets of Malaysia to find out the people’s view on the topic!

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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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He just liked a Facebook page!


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He just liked a Facebook page!
By Zan Azlee

Recently, a sedition investigation was launched by the authorities against a secondary school boy who apparently liked a ‘I Love Israel’ Facebook page.

According to news reports, his teachers and schoolmates have also thrown threats at him, including calling for him to be burnt.

I have several issues with this that is causing me some stress and one of the biggest is the fact that it seems like it is so wrong for someone to have a differing opinion.

So what if the boy loves Israel? He could love it for many reasons. It could be the beautiful beaches the country has, the advance IT, etc.

Whatever happened to freedom of opinion and freedom of expression? I always thought we were allowed to have individual thoughts and ideas.

But as far as the news reports that have been going around, it doesn’t seem like the boy really loves Israel anyway.

Another issue I have is that many people like many different Facebook pages for many reasons. I am one of those people.

I like pages that I support for example musicians and bands that I like to listen to, events and activities that I want to go to, etc.

But I also like pages that I don’t support. I follow the pages of many political parties that I don’t like just so that I can keep up to date with whatever they are doing.

Heck, I even follow the Kardashians’ Facebook page just so that I can laugh at all the ridiculous things they do in their apparently interesting lives.

And, by actually launching an official investigation, don’t people think that this is blowing things of proportion for something so insignificant. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]