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It’s 13th May! Err.. so what about it?

It’s May 13th today and if you’re Malaysian, you would know it’s significance. But err… is it really still significant?

Above is a video I shot for The Malaysian Insider six years ago where I interviewed filmmaker Liew Seng Tat and Ismail Mohd Safri the owner of Warong Saga, the most popular lontong stall in Johor Bahru.

Jeez! Six years ago… I guess I’ve been a bit lazy.

We’re not multiracial enough in schools

We’re not multiracial enough in schools
By Zan Azlee

Last week, my wife and I were called to our daughter, Athena’s, school by her teachers. They had something to report, they said. All kinds of thoughts went through my mind. Did she blow up the school toilet? Set the classroom on fire? Beat up another student?

My wife and I arrived at the school around noon for the appointment. We were ushered upstairs by two teachers to a small room. We sat down around a table and the two teachers looked at us. They took out a file. Great! My daughter is two years old and she already has a file.

“Athena is doing fine in school as far as her mid-year review is concern,” said the teacher.

“So she didn’t blow up the school toilet!” I sighed in relief. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Infidels who are condemned to hell… really?

Those condemned to hell
By Zan Azlee

MAY 25 — Many years ago, I was a big fan of Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, because I was a lover of wildlife and animals… just like him. I watched his shows on TV, wore khaki shorts (thankfully, I grew out of this phase!), copied his accent and even thought about dating his daughter once she grows up.

Then came the day he died, killed by a stingray while he was shooting an episode of his show. I was sad and I mourned. I watched his funeral service “live” on TV. He was a good man who fought for the preservation of wildlife and the environment. He was also a man who loved his family dearly and they loved him back.

Around the time of his death, I was having lunch with an “infidel” friend of mine… a Chinese guy from Jinjang (you can’t get more “infidel” than that, eh?).

“The Crocodile Hunter was a good man, wasn’t he?” asked “Infidel.”

“I believe so. Good man!” I answered.

“Was he a Muslim?”

“I don’t think so.”

“So he’s going to hell even though he’s a good man?”

Hmm… “Infidel” had a point there. As far as I can remember, I have always been told that only Muslims will go to heaven and non-Muslims go to hell. [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]