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You did well Najib. Now on to the next stage.



You did well Najib. Now on to the next stage.
By Zan Azlee

I admit to the fact that when Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot down, and when fingers were pointed towards Russia and President Putin, I wanted our government to be aggressive too.

When Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak made his statement early on July 18, I was utterly disappointed that it turned out quite tame. He made a mere mention of Russia, the separatists in Donetsk and nothing more.

Other world leaders had been vocal and intimidating. In that immediate hour, Malaysia was in shock and in anger. Our country, which had no direct enemies anywhere in the world, had suffered an attack.

The attack happened in a region that is going through a violent conflict that we are not even remotely involved in. The situation was extremely complicated and geopolitics became the word of the day.

Ukraine, a country that has seen decades of turmoil ever since its separation from the former Soviet Union is facing a separatist crisis. Russia, which is the superpower of Europe’s Eastern Block has vested interests in all the countries surrounding its borders.

I guess the bitterness of the fall of their empire is still evident.

Ukraine, on the other hand, has the backing of the Western Europe and the EU saw Russia encroaching as an inescapable threat. And what of the all-mighty United States of America?

Let’s just say that their foreign policies are at times viewed to be one-sided. And just like its rival arch, Russia, the Cold War probably hasn’t ended in their eyes.

So, allow me to reiterate that geopolitics is the order of the day. It’s so complicated that I don’t even have the strength and endurance to digest it all. It just gets worse especially when Malaysia gets violently sucked into it without any warning. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

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Set yourself apart online
By Zan Azlee

I spend a lot of time online. I don’t just consume, but I produce content as well. I have a blog, a Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, Soundcloud page, and YouTube page.

People always ask me if I actually make any decent income from my activities online and if there is actually a worthwhile reason for it (especially my father!).

There seems to be a perception amongst many people that whatever you do online needs to directly bring in the money or else there won’t be any honey (sorry!).

I think everyone has been influenced just a little bit too much by Jason Tan, Sunny Tan, Gobala Krishnan, Fione Tan and Azizan Osman.

As much as the people above have found a successful way to make the Internet make direct income from the Internet, there are other ways too.

I’m a journalist, writer, documentary filmmaker and academic. And if you look at the content on my blog (and everything on my other social media channels), it’s that relatable content.

I write and produce blog entries that relate to journalism, the media, documentary filmmaking, and even social and current affairs commentary.

And through my social media channels, like Twitter and Instagram, I post observations relating to work and also retweet content that would be relevant to my profession.

Aside from a little bit of endorsement deals that I get and a small amount of WordPress and Google Ads traffic, my online work makes no significant financial income whatsoever.

But the indirect financial benefits definitely exist. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]


Pakchic Says: Former Debate Team Captain No Match for Three-Year-Old



Pakchic Says: Former Debate Team Captain No Match for Three-Year-Old
By Zan Azlee

I love a good argument. How can you not? There isn’t a much better feeling than having a stand, proving it, and then see the submission of the other party whom you arguing with!

A good argument (when you win!) will improve your self-esteem, re-affirm your beliefs and put you just one step ahead of the person who lost the argument.

And, being the captain of my secondary school debate team, I can never resist a good argument. I’ve debated and argued with a lot of people.

I’ve argued with bosses, parents, teachers, professors, journalists, politicians and government employees. Heck, I’ve even argued with the hated Ridhuan Tee Abdullah.

I’ve lost a few arguments, but won many. So I’m quite proud of my good track record. Kind of like a boxer with the number of knock outs he’s had.

But in the past one to two years, I’ve had to re-evaluate my persuasion skills. I think I might have just met my match when it comes to a sparring partner.

“Athena, let’s go. You have to bathe now.”

“No! I don’t want to!”

“You have to. You’re all sweating and smelly!”

“No! I don’t want to bathe!”

“But you have to. You all dirty and that’s very unhygienic!”

“No! I don’t want to bathe!”

“If you don’t bathe, your hair will get matted and your skin will be all flaky. It’s not healthy.”

“No! I don’t want to bathe!”

“But you have to!!”

“No! I don’t want to bathe!”



This is just one of many examples of an argument I would have with my three-year-old daughter Athena Azlee. I would always bring my A-game to the table from my experience debating. [Click to read the full article at MakChic.Com]

The Fat Bidin Vox Pop (Ep 4) – So how is the media covering the MH17 tragedy?

The issue this week ain’t no laughing matter. Zan and Aizyl Azlee talk about the MH17 tragedy and they meet people in the mean streets of Kuala Lumpur to see what they think… how the media has been covering it, if the victims’ families are given respect and privacy, and the differences and similarities between this tragedy and the one five months ago… MH370.

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From Nothing to Something: How to Make Passion Work for You



From Nothing to Something: How to Make Passion Work for You
By Zan Azlee

Many years ago, I wanted to make documentary films. Unfortunately, I had totally no clue of how to begin such a career and I didn’t know any way to go about it.

I wondered if there was a job I could look for in the newspaper’s classified ads that stated ‘documentary filmmaker’? No, I couldn’t. Believe me, I tried looking!

So what I decided to do was to just shamelessly declare myself a documentary filmmaker. Luckily for me, digital technology and the Internet were just about to boom during that time.

If I couldn’t apply for a job as a ‘documentary filmmaker’, I could just buy a cheap camera and make my own short (and long!) documentary films.

So, I turned my films into DVDs and just started handing it out to as many people as I could and also submitting to different film festivals and competitions.

Of course, I also started a YouTube page as well as a website and posted many of the films I made for people around to watch online.

It was definitely not my intention at that time, but I had inadvertently turned myself into an independent documentary filmmaker.

Slowly, my work began to obtain recognition. I had my own style too (or that’s what I like to believe!), which was being a one-man-crew.

I wrote, shot, edited and distributed my own films. And somehow, that allowed me to turn documentary filmmaking into a career.

Here’s how it worked. Once I had completed a film, I would approach broadcasters with a proposal to see if they’re interested in my story.

If they were, we would negotiate a deal and I would sell my programme to them for a fee. And here is where it got interesting for me. [Click to read the full article at KopitiamEkonomi.Com]