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See me in the flesh as I read from my book at Readings@Seksan this Saturday!

I’ll be reading from my book ‘Operation Nasi Kerabu – Finding Patani in an Islamic Insurgency‘ at October Readings@Seksan. Be there to see me in the flesh (and to buy signed copies of my book from my car boot!)!

Date: Saturday 29 October, 2011
Time: 3.30pm
Place: Seksan Gallery, 67, Jalan Tempinis Satu, Lucky Garden, Bangsar
Lineup :
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad
Zan Azlee
Rumaizah Abu bakar
Adib Zaini
Julian CH Lee
And with music from Reza Salleh
Admission free and everyone very welcome. Please pass on the invitation to anyone else you think might be interested.
(For enquiries contact Sharon 017-2644956, sharonbakar@yahoo.com)
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Looks like my book is going to pay for my new yacht!

It's there... you just have to look really hard!!

Looks like ‘Operation Nasi Kerabu…‘ made it to the bestseller shelf at Kinokuniya KLCC! I’m going to be able to buy that yacht I’ve always dreamed of after all!



So I googled my name last night when no one was watching…

Okay! I google my name in the middle of the night when nobody is watching. So sue me! But look what I found… a couple of online reviews of my book and DVD ‘Operation Nasi Kerabu:Finding Patani in an Islamic Insurgency‘! Click on the images to read the reviews. Thanks Khairul and Susan for the kind words. Your money will be deposited in to your accounts soon! Muahahaha!

The Malaysian Reader.

Susan Loone.



Don’t beat yourself up if you missed my interview on BFM yesterday… I forgive you!

I forgive those of you who missed me live on BFM 89.9 Evening Edition talking about my book and film ‘Operation Nasi Kerabu: Finding Patani in an Islamic Insurgency‘ yesterday evening. I know you all tried your best. But fret not! The show is available for streaming or download so you can take it with you everywhere! Go listen now!

And just as a reminder to everyone, the book is available at all major bookstores for RM25… and you get a free DVD too! Or you can also purchase it online at the FATBIDIN E-STORE! Proceeds will go to buying my daughter milk and diapers.



Pick and choose journalism

Pick and choose journalism. That’s what I wrote about today in my column at The Malaysian Insider.

Pick and choose journalism
By Zan Azlee

MAY 20 — Last week, a Los Angeles-based radio show picked up a video news package I did for the Dutch news agency VJ Movement. The story was about being gay and Muslim in Malaysia and it was apt that This Way Out ran the story since they serve the gay community. I was obviously excited since it meant that I am now a celebrity in LA and can expect to be signing autographs in Hollywood soon. But the excitement fizzled when I actually listened to the show. My entire story was intact except for the interview with JAKIM director-general, Datuk Wan Mohamed.

I had interviewed different people with liberal and conservative view points and Datuk Wan Mohamed, of course, was of the latter. His voice may have been more conservative than the rest, but it was equally as important since I wanted to show both sides of the story for better context. This Way Out’s producers must have taken it out because it didn’t support their agenda and this brings me to my issue of the day – pick and choose journalism. (Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider)



Does constraints in journalism mean we have to editorialise?

Recently, a gay-oriented radio programme out of Los Angeles, California, called This Way Out, picked up on my video news package ‘Being Gay and Muslim in Malaysia‘, which I did for the news agency VJ Movement. Since it was a radio show, they only took the audio from my story. Of course I was delighted that I was now a celebrity in LA!

However, When I listened to the show (click here to listen to the radio show), I noticed that they had edited out the interview with JAKIM Director-General, Datuk Wan Mohamed. His voice may have been more conservative than the rest of my interviewees, but it was equally as important since I wanted to show both sides of the story and his interview definitely contextualised things better (Click here or on the image below to view my video in it’s entirety).

So I wrote an e-mail to the producers. I received a prompt reply from her, “… I actually did try recording the subtitles to mix into the piece. Unfortunately, especially since I was working alone with no male voice to use, I just couldn’t get it to sound right … it was just more confusing. I was also facing the problem that I needed to shrink the piece a bit to make it fit into our program. The time constraints made the parts with my sadly ineffective attempt to add the translation the most likely (although ultimately not the only) things to be cut — despite the fact that I realized that the government point of view provided important context. You’ve probably faced similar situations, when you have to reluctantly lose material that’s important to a story. I appreciate your understanding…”

It could have been due to constraints or it could have just been plain editorialising.

Click to view my original video in it's entirety.



Put down that knife! Suicide is not the answer even if you did miss my interview on BFM!

For those of you who are contemplating suicide because you missed my interview on the BFM show ‘In Conversation’… UNTIE THAT NOOSE!! Life is still worth living because you can stream or download it right HERE!!



I’ll be on ‘IN CONVERSATION’ on BFM (89.9FM) today at 7pm

I’ll be appearing on BFM (89.9FM) on the show ‘In Conversation’ today (Thursday, 25 Nov 2010) at 7pm. Listen to me talk about my life, inspirations, writing and filmmaking career! After listening, you can all start trying to be like me! Muahahaha!!




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