Title: OPERATION NASI KERABU – Finding Patani in an Islamic Insurgency
Author: Zan Azlee
Publisher: ZI Publications
Synopsis: The news from Patani is like a movie: smoke, bombs, a near civil war. Yet just over our northern border, the people are Muslim, Bahasa-speaking, baju-wearing Malays, just like us. With this in mind, documentary-maker Zan Azlee set off to find the real Patani, trying to seperate the kedai kopi from the Humvees, the gunfights from the nasi kerabu. It’s hard to make new friends and man a camera while looking over your shoulder for suicide bombers. But he was determined to ask the question: how do people live their lives in a warzone? With his resulting film banned for political reasons, this is Azlee’s first chance to share what he found.
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Read it and love it, A correction though, “tuak” there is not like tuak in Borneo, it is not a ‘sinful drink’ as you write in your book. It is not even a rice wine, it is just an innocent “air nira kelapa or nipah”. Slight language difference could lead to a negative perception my friend 🙂
🙂 Thanks so much for your support! Re the tuak… actually it is alcohol. The air nira kelapa has been fermented. It’s the same with tapai lah. But biasa lah… culture is strong so the people there see nothing wrong with it. Which is fine by me! Heheh! 🙂
zan , after read your book , now i understand more the conflict in southern thai , our family enjoy watching the dvd … my sympathy to our muslim brotherhood and who are also malay …good job zan
🙂 Thank you very much sir/madam!