The Sarawak Report was one of the news portals infamously banned under the previous administration over its whistle-blowing reports. We catch up with its editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown on developments post GE14 and the portal's place in the media landscape.
As the new Pakatan Harapan-led government gets cracking on running and reforming the country, we remember that one of the main thrusts of the Pakatan manifesto was to take care of the welfare, health and rights of women. One person who has long been working in those areas of advancing gender equality is Mary Shanthi Dairiam, the Founding Director of the International Women's Rights Action Watch - Asia Pacific, and a former committee member of the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She joins us to discuss what she's hoping to see materialise in the areas of gender equality and the advancement of women's rights, with the new government in place.
Beginning with Tun Dr Mahathir’s statement to reform political party financing and GLCs, the author of 'Minister of Finance Incorporated: Ownership and Control of Corporate Malaysia' published last August, takes us through the many challenges the country faces in this transition from authoritarian to democratic rule. Starting with an analysis of GE14 - including the alleged secret pact between UMNO and PAS - we look at the shape of things to come.
Amid calls to investigate former Prime Minister Najib Razak, there are also demands that other cases of flagrant corruption be pursued. One figure mired in allegations of corruption is the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. He was Chief Minister of Sarawak from 1981 to 2014, seen to still be a power-broker. Today we explore if the newly minted Pakatan Rakyat government has the political will to pursue individuals like Taib.
Host Lee Chwi Lynn brings us on an exciting journey in a new series that celebrates and examines pop music in its earnest and sometimes, cheesy glory. In this first episode, Lynn takes a look at how pop relates to other genres of music, as well as the culture and the world of pop as a whole.
Having moved from civil society into the state both our guests have a unique insight into the transformation of Malaysia. Today we explore how the electoral reform process might look like as we move towards the first Parliamentary session and the challenges of institutional reform and finally the debate around the role of civil society in a post-Barisan Nasional era.