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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 26) – Petrol prices… subsidised and confused!


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 26) – Petrol prices… subsidised and confused!

Zan and Aizyl started out so well discussing petrol prices and the effects of subsidies on the nation and it’s people. Then things started to get out of hand when they thought they know things… key word here ‘thought’. They are joined by special guest, TV news producer, Jasmine Abu Bakar.

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 25) – Doping ain’t dope!


The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 25) – Doping ain’t dope!

Neither jocks nor docs, Zan and Aizyl try to figure out what’s going on with the Lee Chong Wei doping scandal. Find out what non-experts about the issue know about the issue.

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The Fat Bidin Podcast (Ep 24) – Student activism: Sacrificing education for the sake of education


How come student life wasn’t like this when we were in university? This week Zan and Aizyl talk student activism. Featuring an interview with the guy in the midst of it all, Fahmi Zainol, the president of the Universiti Malaya Students’ Council (PMUM).

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Smoke gets in your eyes


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Smoke gets in your eyes
By Zan Azlee

Way back in the late 1990s, I enjoyed watching the movie ‘Wag the Dog’ starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Anything featuring these two actors is bound to be a killer.

It tells the story of how a Hollywood producer was hired by the White House to create and orchestrate a fictitious war in the media to distract public attention away from a presidential sex scandal.

The idea was so conceivable that even President Bill Clinton had been accused of attacking Afghanistan and Sudan in 1998 to divert attention from his infamous case with Monica Lewinsky.

Sometimes I wonder if I, as a journalist, have ever been manipulated or clouded by petty and insignificant, but intentional, smoke screens and distractions.

I wonder if all the brouhaha about fatwas being issued about liberalism and pluralism being ‘haram’ is just a diversion for the social inequalities that are happening in Malaysia.

I also wonder if ISMA, PERKASA and Ridhuan Tee, who created so much anger through their racist statements and religious intolerance, are just smoke screens to cover up corruption from the public.

I wonder if getting the people of Malaysia all riled up about how unIslamic it is to touch a dog is really just to move attention away from more oppressive acts such as political prosecution. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]