It’s tough being a Malay Muslim in Malaysia


Athena playing with Aunty Leng's dog Angel.

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It’s tough being a Malay Muslim in Malaysia
By Zan Azlee

My three year old daughter Athena Azlee has a very active imagination (as most kids do, I assume). She has imaginary friends that she talks to on the phone and she likes to dance to an imaginary audience at times too.

Sometimes, she thinks she’s Spiderman and pretends to climb the walls at home. Other times, she would think that she is Lola from the cartoon Charlie and Lola. Most times, she’s a dinosaur that likes to eat our noses.

I like the fact that she has an active imagination. I used to be like that too when I was little. In fact, I still like to believe that I have a wild imagination even at 36 years of age. It’s the only way to have fun in life.

But recently, that overactive imagination of Athena’s turned into a nightmare for me and my wife. We were on a short weekend holiday to Singapore when Athena pretended to be something she had never pretended to be before.

She pretended to be a puppy!

My wife and I were horrified when she put her two hands in front of her face like a puppy begging for attention. Not only that. She also stuck her tongue out and started panting and yelping. [Click to read the full article at English.AstroAwani.Com]

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