Earlier this week, the Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia, Bai Tian, met with Council of Eminent Persons member Robert Kuok on the future of China-Malaysia cooperation. During the one-and-a-half hour meeting, Bai Tian spoke highly of Kuok’s contribution to the development of Malaysia and also on the progress of China-Malaysia relations. Robert has been widely praised as the best man to renegotiate China projects by analysts and observers. Today we explore the stakes in our special relationship with China.
A BFM89.9 EXCLUSIVE: The Evening Edition speaks to Pulitzer-finalist and Wall Street Journal reporter Tom Wright about his epic search for the truth behind the biggest kleptocracy scandal in recorded history: 1MDB.
When the new Pakatan Harapan government announced 13 new Ministries on the 19th of May, a ministry dedicated to Malaysian culture, arts, and heritage wasn’t amongst them. This spurred a group of arts and culture practitioners to issue a statement calling for the government to reinstate a dedicated Ministry of Culture, Arts, and Heritage in the new cabinet - and within 36 hours, over 3,400 members of the local arts and culture communities had endorsed the statement. Three of the people behind the statement talk to us about why a Ministry of Culture, Arts, and Heritage is necessary for Malaysia.
Earlier this week, UMNO acting president, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that his party’s supreme council has agreed to allow all positions in the party to be contested including that of the president, deputy and vice-presidents. The nomination for the party's branch, division and wings will take place from May 19 to June 10 while the nomination process for the UMNO supreme council will take place from June 1 to 13. Today we explore the internal dynamic of Malaysia's grand old party following its stunning losses at recently concluded the 14th General Elections.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That can also be said about the digital divide we’re seeing across the Southeast Asian countries. Despite a high mobile penetration and digital population, the hyper connectivity in the region is not spread out evenly, causing a wider digital divide. We speak to Rajnesh Singh at the Internet Society, on why is this happening and where can entrepreneurs help to keep the connect the disconnected.
The Iron Lady talks about the outcome of GE14 and her hopes for the future of Malaysia. She also delves into the Supermax and Stanley Thai dilemma, the controversy around Air Asia and Tony Fernandes and her views on the Pakatan Harapan government, the cabinet and politics in general.