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MH17: It’s not easier the second time around


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MH17: It’s not easier the second time around
By Zan Azlee

Being at the departure floor at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in the early morning of the 18th of July last week brought a whole lot of memories flooding back.

The memories weren’t from very long ago – only about five months, to be exact. Maybe that’s why they were so clear. Or maybe because it was just so intense.

As the whole world already knows, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down and crashed in Donetsk, Ukraine.

And the memories I had from five months ago was of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

I had covered both incidents for the news station that I work for quite intensively. And it was definitely a déjà vu moment if there ever was one so clear.

My brother, Aizyl Azlee, who is a writer, and I produce a weekly podcast where we talk about issues regarding the media but in a tongue in cheek and satirical way.

In our latest episode, he had asked me if things seemed smoother this time around as compared to five months ago. I thought it was a strange question, but I answered it.

What was depressing was the fact that everyone from the media already knew how things were going to be handled and knew where to go.

It was like we knew where the press conference was going to be and where MAS was going to gather and brief the families.

So in a way, experience made things go smoother. But unfortunately, it was only a smoother process. Emotions and feelings was a separate thing altogether. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

 

 

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


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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]

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.

Check out the accompanying podcast:

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 11) – 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… 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.

*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!

For more episodes of The Fat Bidin Vox Pop: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1d-NZ0GhtntbufmCVanQ17tj7MT9y0e9

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Produced by FATBIDIN.COM and hosted by Zan Azlee and Aizyl Azlee.

This podcast is made available with the support of Intel Malaysia.

Mob mentality is worse online


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Mob mentality is worse online
By Zan Azlee

What happens when a snatch thief gets caught by the public? We’ve seen it happen many times where the public turns into a mob and beats them up.

Hey, I understand the anger. My wife has been a victim of a snatch thief before and if I was there with her, I would probably turn into the Incredible Hulk.

If you were a victim, then by all means claim self-defence. But if you were part of a mob that just wanted to lynch the bloody guy? What would that make you?

And so this leads to the big case regarding the viral video of the aggressive tudung-clad woman driver who took a steering wheel to an old uncle who had slightly hit her car.

She screamed for money, she called out racial slurs, she was rude, and don’t forget that steering lock! She was swinging it against the uncle’s car (thank God not at the uncle).

If I was the old uncle, I would probably fight back. If it was my father and I was with him, I would probably fight back too (but knowing my father, he would fight harder than me!).

But I was not in that situation and I was not a victim. I am just an ordinary member of the public who happened to watch the video online.

The online reaction to the video was massive. There was anger and condemnation, which was rightfully so. But it suddenly took an ugly turn towards something well… ugly. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]