Tag Archives: The Life & Times of an Islamic Insurgency

Should we be worried about Malaysian militants?

Zan with his new buddy (ANP) at the bombed-riddled Darul Aman Palace next to the National Museum of Afghanistan.


Should we be worried about Malaysian militants?
By Zan Azlee

What motivates a healthy, young man who has everything going for him in life, to leave everything behind and offer himself for a violent cause in a land far away?

It’s a big mystery to me as to why Malaysian men have been flocking to the Middle East to fight in a war that, to me, doesn’t really concern them.

Sure, Muslims are involved in the fighting there and these Malaysianswho are going are also Muslims. But just because Muslims are involved doesn’t mean that it is a holy war.

When I was in Afghanistan, I had a fixer and translator who was a young man in his mid twenties, an intelligent Afghan who was studying law and working as a journalist part time.

Although he was very interested in the current affairs of his country, he was not one to condone violence and war. He thought the pen (and camera) is more powerful.

Shortly after coming back to Malaysia, my fixer friend contacted me via Facebook and told me that his father, a government official, was assassinated. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

I was on BERNAMA TV’s The Breakfast Club looking all sexy and seductive!

The Breakfast Club video clip is courtesy of BERNAMA TV.

I was on BERNAMA TV’s The Breakfast Club a few weeks ago (18th October 2011) to promote my book and DVD ‘OPERATION NASI KERABU: FINDING PATANI IN AN ISLAMIC INSURGENCY‘. Holy crap I’m so sexy! It’s no wonder I have a legion of fans! (Please like my Facebook Page… PLEASE!!!)

Of course… the book can be found at any major bookstore at RM25 (a free DVD of my documentary comes with every purchase). And if you’re interested to purchase it online, head on to the FATBIDIN e-STORE! There are other FAT BIDIN documentaries for sale too!

Athena dressed up in a spaghetti strap dress to help her pops sell his book at Readings @Seksan!

My sexy self serenading the pork!

I was recently invited to participate in Readings @Seksan by Sharon Bakar and of course, it was to read from my book ‘Operation Nasi Kerabu – Finding Patani in an Islamic Insurgency‘. The line-up was fantastic! It was Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Coming of Age), Rumaizah Abu Bakar (The Female Cell), Adib Zaini (Zombijaya), Julian CH Lee (Policing Sexuality) and, obviously, to cap everything off and to add to the prestige… ME! There was also music by Reza Salleh.

I even managed to sell quite a number of copies of my book. A bit of advice… the best marketing strategy is to carry your baby daughter around and announce that all proceeds of the sales of the book will go to buying milk and diapers for the week. Fail-proof plan!!

For those of you who did not attend the reading (I shall unfriend you on Facebook!)… fret not! You can listen to a recording of my reading by clicking on the audio player above. And if you want a copy of the book (with a free DVD!)… you can still buy it at any major bookstore or order directly at the FAT BIDIN e-STORE for a signed copy!

Sharon Bakar, organiser of Readings @Seksan
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Coming of Age)
Adib Zaini (Zombijaya)
Julian CH Lee (Policing Sexuality) is the one on the far right. I was busy snapping pictures of him with his camera during his reading so I don't have any pictures of him in front of the crowd in my camera!
Rumaizah Abu Bakar (The Female Cell)
Athena all dressed up in a spaghetti strap ready to seduce the crowd into buying her pop's book!
Athena being lullabied by Reza Salleh.

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)

Athena Azlee’s first interview and photoshoot with the press!

It’s Hari Raya and Merdeka!! And Athena handles her first interview and photoshoot with The Star very well indeed! (Click on the image below to read the article)

Happy Hari Raya and Merdeka everyone!