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Negaraku – to stand or not to stand


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Negaraku – to stand or not to stand
By Zan Azlee

So the debate rages on about whether someone who stands up or doesn’t when Negaraku, the national anthem, is played is a patriot or nationalists.

Here’s what I think – it doesn’t matter.

Just because someone decides not to stand when the national anthem is playing doesn’t mean he or she is any less patriotic to the country than someone who stands.

It really depends on the true intentions of the person who is standing up (or not). Is he standing up out of respect for people around him or because he really loves the country?

It’s just like the example of religion. Just because someone prays five times a day doesn’t mean he or she is an exceptionally good Muslim.

And it doesn’t mean someone who doesn’t pray five times a day is any less of a Muslim than someone who does pray that many times a day.

What do you say of a person who decides to stand up in the cinema when the national anthem plays but always tries to cheat and skirt around from paying income tax?

How about someone who might stand up during the national anthem but who also tries to bribe a policeman when he is stopped for speeding? [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

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There is no real journalists’ code of ethics


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There is no real journalists’ code of ethics
By Zan Azlee

Journalists’ code of ethics is something hot on many people’s lips these days because of the recent incident where a newspaper photographer was punched at a funeral service.

He was taking pictures at the funeral of a victim of the MH17 tragedy when he was assaulted by a family member. He suffered a cut nose and a damaged camera.

When news of the incident first surfaced, many people were on the photographer’s side, claiming that he was just doing his job and he became a victim of assault.

He made a police report and the media also reported it like it was. Even journalist associations started condemning the act, calling for action to be taken against the assailant.

Then the other side of the story started emerging, as it always does. Apparently, the photographer (and other journalists there) was not respecting the grieving family’s privacy.

Now, I don’t really know the exact details since I wasn’t there, neither have I spoken to the photographer, the family members or anyone at the scene.

But here’s my two cents’ worth of what I think about the journalists’ code of ethics. There is no fixed code of ethics practised by journalists. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

Is it God’s calamity?


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Is it God’s calamity?
By Zan Azlee

Many many years ago, when the huge tsunami struck Aceh, Penang, Kedah, Phuket, Sri Lanka and many other areas in the vicinity, something shocking came to light.

Many Muslims I knew started saying that the reason such a calamity happened was because God was angry at the sins of the people and so this was his punishment.

How can anybody think that God would commit such cruelty when all we ever learn in Islam is the fact that God is the all-merciful and that he will never forsake you?

I criticised it among my friends and family but then just decided to let it go since these Muslims weren’t really in any positions of authority and hence could be influential in society.

Then, two days ago, someone in a position of authority and could be influential in society said something that shocked me even more.

The deputy mufti of Perak, Zamri Hashim, stated that Malaysia Airlines had apparently angered God so much that all that has happened is God’s wrath.

According to the deputy mufti, the fact that the airlines serves alcohol in it’s flights and that the cabin crew dresses indecently, has exposed them to God’s wrath.

Firstly, I think it is nothing short of a miracle that the deputy mufti has such a clear telepathic link to God’s intentions. He must be an extremely enlightened person. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

 

 

The Fat Bidin Vox Pop (Ep 7) – How Do I Raise an Independent Daughter?


Gender equality was the theme at Art For Grabs, so we went around asking… “How DO you raise an independent daughter?”

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Who is the menteri besar of Selangor?


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Who is the menteri besar of Selangor?
By Zan Azlee

“So have you heard that the Selangor menteri besar was recently sacked from his party?” I asked.

“Of course,” replied the young man.

“So what do you think about it?”

“Well, we need to look at the pros and cons. There must have been some good things he has done as the menteri besar.”
“What are the good things?”

“The development in the state has been good. It wouldn’t be the way it is now if it weren’t for him.”

“Oh, I see. Do you happen to know who the menteri besar is?”

“Khir Toyo, of course.”

And that had to be one of the most interesting conversations I had while shooting a vox pop interview video regarding the Selangor menteri besar debacle recently.

As most people would know (and I am saying this in a very broad assumption kind of way!), the menteri besar was sacked by PKR and is currently governing the state as an independent.

Going to the streets to find out what the people think was something that my brother, Aizyl Azlee, and I wanted to do because we thought it would be interesting to hear them speak.

We did expect a little bit of a lack of detailed understanding by the people. But we definitely didn’t expect there to be people who didn’t even know who the menteri besar was.

Out of a handful of people whom we interviewed, only about one little pinky finger of them actually knew anything about the big state debacle.

A few of them admitted that they have no idea what is going on in the local political scene. That’s quite all right for us. At least they didn’t pretend to know.

What was amusing to us was the fact that more people would rather pretend to know something and just ramble on in the conversation talking nonsense.

As of today, no significant development has been made regarding the issue. The menteri besar has the backing of the Sultan of Selangor but no one else. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]