Malaysia has seen many tumultuous episodes in recent years due to religious disagreements and many have put their foot down saying enough was enough. But these ideals are not new in Malaysia; Tunku Abdul Rahman had said before ‘Let us all be reminded that all Malaysians would live together as one big family.’ Enter Malaysians for Malaysia - a group of people that walked peacefully from one house of worship to another, in a show of rejection of the racial and religious extremism sweeping the country. We spoke to the guys behind the movement to find out the whos, the whys and the whats.
From the familiar honk of the roti man who brought the promise of fresh bread and new toy treats, to the heady aroma of soap and spices from a visit to the local sundry shop.. our childhoods were made more colourful and uniquely Malaysian because of these iconic entrepreneurs. The Enterprise team took to the streets and neighbourhoods around town to meet some of the nation's most cherished business icons and to rediscover the spirit of the classic Malaysian entrepreneur.
The growth of Malaysia's economy has been described as one of the world's greatest success stories where in a short span of time, we have seen the creation of industries and standards of living increase significantly. From our early days of the economy when it comprised of rubber and agriculture exports, we speak with Dr. Shankaran Nambiar to track how the economy has evolved through the years of pre and post-independence and the lessons we can learn from the many financial crises the nation has endured . We also speak with Datuk Wira Dr. Hj. Ameer Ali Mydin on the founding of the brand from its humble beginnings in Kota Bharu and how it survived the trying times of WWII to create a business empire in modern day Malaysia.
Brain drain is a perennial issue that Malaysia faces, but one thing common across the Malaysian diaspora living abroad is how strongly they identify with their "Malaysian-ness." Journalist Chen May Yee who returned to Malaysia three years ago after spending almost half her life studying, working and raising a family abroad. Dr. Koh Sin Yee, a postdoctoral fellow at the City University of Hong Kong who studied Malaysian migration trends for her PhD at the London School of Economics. On this special Merdeka Day episode, we are going to explore what makes us Malaysians.
Stadium Merdeka have played host to many events, including selling-out to full capacity when Michael Jackson made his way to our shores in 1996. But of course, the site would always be remembered for that day in August 1957, where the new Malaya was born. We take a look-back at arguably our nation’s most significant national monument by exploring its birth, developments to the stadium, as well as the restoration to it’s former glory throughout the years.
Every end of August, imagery from that fateful day back in 1957 would fill our TV screens, print and social media platforms. And after all this time, we’re all too familiar with the jubilant proclamation of “Merdeka” 7 times by Tunku. But have you ever listened to his Merdeka speech in full? The Evening Edition went on a hunt for that speech and turned up surprised at the many dead ends we ended up in. Listen to our journey in search of Tunku's Merdeka speech.