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A limited photo print of the Malaysian military helping local Afghan villagers


Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen demonstrating how the water filter system works.
Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen demonstrating how the water filter system works in Bamiyan, Afghanistan (Photo by Zan Azlee, 2011)

The Malaysian military team who were in Afghanistan (MALCON ISAF 2) were on a humanitarian mission rather than a combat one. They helped to build water filtering systems, consult and advise the Afghan Ministry of Health on combating diseases and organising traveling clinics. Of course, there were a small group of Special Forces who were there as security detail.

That picture above is of Major Dr. Mohd Arshil Moideen (now Left. Colonel) demonstrating to the locals in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, how a water filtering system works to eliminate the risk of getting sick from drinking well water.

Here is also a video story shot on that exact day it happened.

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Limited photo print of Sergeant Azizan Hashim of the Malaysian Armed Forces in Afghanistan


Sergeant Azizan Hashim making sure the coast is clear for the rest of the team.
Sergeant Azizan Hashim making sure the coast is clear for the rest of the team.

The picture above is of Sergeant Azizan Hashim of the Malaysian Armed Forces standing guard in Bamiyan, Afghanistan. One of the vehicles in the patrolling convoy broke down and the team had to stop in the middle of nowhere to fix the problem.

The Malaysian Armed Forces were in Afghanistan on a humanitarian mission, giving medical aid and building basic infrastructure for the locals. I had the privilege of being embedded with them and witnessing their work.

 

The photo of Sergeant Azizan is the photo of the week that I am offering for sale – limited number of prints (only 5 to be exact).  A tribute to our men and women who are doing good work to help, this photo would look beautiful on your wall all nicely printed and framed (21cm x 30cm) for RM90. I’ll even throw in my signature at the back of the print.

Support independent journalism and add it to the shopping cart.

If you are in Malaysia, you can also purchase by transferring RM110.00 (includes RM20 for postage and handling) to Maybank account 1141 2365 9174 via Maybank2U or ATM. Please make sure to e-mail (purchase.fatbidin@gmail.com):
1. Name of item purchased
2. Transaction date/time and reference number
3. Your full name
4. Shipping address

Or if you prefer more bang for your buck, there is also THE ADVENTURES OF A KL-ITE IN AFGHANISTAN SUPER FAN PACK!! You will get the photo, an official t-shirt and the book ‘Adventures of a KL-ite in Afghanistan’ for only RM120!

Thank you for the support.

Information in times of conflict


Information in times of conflict
By Zan Azlee

MARCH 8 – When conflict happens anywhere around the world, notice that conspiracy theories start coming alive. Allegations of propaganda and spin also start to emerge. For example, when 9/11 happened, many people believed (and some still do!) that President Bush Jr planned the attacks so he could continue to hold on to power.

This isn’t much different in Malaysia with the case of the invasion of Sabah by armed terrorists from southern Philippines. A conspiracy theory speculating that the government of the day is actually creating this whole incident to create panic before the elections is one. Another conspiracy theory that is making its rounds in the media is that the opposition had planned the invasion all along together with the terrorists.

Then there are the dozens or so accusations of fabrication and manipulation of information released to the public. Remember the first police deaths? First, the news said that they were killed by a mortar. Then, it was said that they were shot by snipers. A few days ago, the Interior Minister and Defence Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein and Zahid Hamidi, released pictures of the dead terrorists killed in an operation.

It took them a long time to release the photos and, of course, more conspiracy theories cropped up regarding the photos. Why did it take so long to release it to the public? Are those real terrorists? Was it a staged photograph? It’s quite funny actually. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

The invasion of Sabah and a loyal media


The invasion of Sabah and a loyal media
By Zan Azlee

What role does the media play when it comes to conflict situations? It isn’t much different than non-conflict times. It’s to be the ears and eyes of the people. But what happens when the media is directly involved in the situation?

Take for example, the armed criminals that have invaded Sabah at the moment. How does the Malaysian media handle it? It can get quite complicated. We’re not used to it since Malaysia isn’t exactly a war-mongering country like the USA.

I, as a Malaysian journalist, of course, will openly admit that I support fully the protection of Malaysia’s security and sovereignty. And so where does my loyalty lie? Of course, the Malaysian people are those who I will be serving in my duty as a journalist. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.com]

Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite (Part 10 – Living at the feet of Buddha)


This week is part 10 of my multimedia documentary, Guide To Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite, which includes video, still photos an text. As you would know, this is concurrent with the 10-part feature on The Malaysian Insider website, of which you can view part 10 here:

Living by the feet of Buddha
By Zan Azlee

FEB 13 — After the days I spent on patrol with Malaysia’s MALCON ISAF 2 in the rural areas of Bamiyan building water filters, educating health officials and saving lives, I was glad to be back in the safety of Kiwi Base in the city of Bamiyan.

Bamiyan is actually one of the safest provinces in Afghanistan and this is due to its population of predominantly Hazarat people who fiercely reject the Taliban. They are Shiites and were terribly oppressed, hurt and killed during the rule of the Taliban. So walking the streets of Bamiyan city is really like a walk in the park compared to in Kabul.

Now that I was feeling a bit secure and safe, I wanted to do something that I had dreamed of since I was 15 years old. That’s right! I wanted to go and see for myself, with my own two eyes, the great Buddhas of Bamiyan.

I was apparently still under the responsibility of the Malaysian Armed Forces, and the commander, Lt Col Rusman Sanip, did not want to allow me to roam outside of the army base on my own (although I had spent all my time in Kabul alone before meeting up with them in Bamiyan!). He was kind enough to escort me together with a couple of security team members. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Guide to Afghanistan: The Adventures of a KL-ite
Part 10 of 10
‘Living by the feet of Buddha’
Zan fulfills his 19 year dream of seeing the Buddhas of Bamiyan! And he discovers the ultra poor Hazarats living at his feet… literally.

Full Synopsis:
Zan Azlee, a Malaysian KL-ite journalist who has lived all his life in non-conflict zones, travels to Afghanistan to see if he can come up with the best travel guide for the country. With no idea what he is getting himself into, he dodges suicide bombers and IEDs, and even gets embedded with the army, to plan out the best tourist route in Afghanistan. This is a multimedia documentary produced by Fat Bidin Media and directed by solo-journalist Zan Azlee.

To view all the episodes, head to FATBIDIN.COM/AFGHANISTAN.

Click the thumbnails below to launch the photo essay (Part 10).

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