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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]

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Palestine will go back to just being a car sticker


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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]

Is the boycott working? Is it? Really?


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Is the boycott working? Is it? Really?
By Zan Azlee

A few days ago, I pulled my car up into the drive-thru lane at the McDonald’s nearby my house and ordered a Big Breakfast set with orange juice.

I had returned home from my wife’s hometown in Johor Bahru after a short Hari Raya break earlier than her and my daughter because I had to start work earlier.

So I was home alone and hungry. And I couldn’t be bothered to go into the kitchen to look for ingredients and to fix something up for myself.

I was greeted on the audio box next to my car window very politely.

“Selamat Hari Raya. What would you like to order?” the voice said.

“Selamat Hari Raya. I would like one Big Breakfast please. And change the coffee to orange juice instead,” I said.

“Please pay at the counter sir.”

I drove up to the cashier’s counter and I saw the face behind the voice. She was a young Malay girl, probably in her early twenties, in a tudung and I assumed she is Muslim.

“Assalamualaikum. That would be RM12.90 please. Thank you.” she greeted me.

“Why aren’t you off for the Hari Raya holidays?” I asked her.

“I have to work sir. Such is life!” she smiled.

I smiled back at her, took my food and drove off.

Does the boycott work?

Here is a situation that has made me think about the boycott that is being called for here in Malaysia against Israel and the Zionist state.

It is obvious from the anecdotal evidence I gave at the start of this opinion piece shows that I have not decided to boycott McDonald’s.

It doesn’t mean that I support Zionism. And it definitely doesn’t mean that I am belittling the efforts of so many Malaysians who believe in the boycott.

I just don’t want to do something where I am not fully comprehensive of its entire mechanics and objectives. I need to believe in it 100% to want to get involved.

The story also shows that at a micro level, the first people to suffer when such a boycott takes place are our own local people who rely on these organisations to earn a living.

The question that has been playing in my head is whether the boycott works in achieving the objective of pressurising the Israeli government. [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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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 12) – Ibrahim Ali goes international! How are Malay-Muslims perceived now?


Ibrahim Ali is always using the media to make his racist remarks heard. Recently, he has even started using the international media… claiming that the use of cute and adorable Scottish Terrier dogs during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games was disrespectful to Islam.

*Watch The Fat Bidin Vox Pop video 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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