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Current Affairs goes behind the headlines in Malaysia to what is moving the news and why, with top academics, politicians, businesspeople and activists in the know. These socio-economic issues run the gamut, including press freedom, affirmative action policies, Islamisation, corruption, election reform, and political unrests. Past guests of Current Affairs include Khairy Jamaluddin, Shad Saleem Faruqi, Farish Noor, Uma Sambanthan and PG Lim. Any enquiries should be directed to
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The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission may be given more power to monitor social media activity and take actions against parties who are deemed to be “jeopardising national harmony.” We speak to Gayathry about MCMC’s authority and whether concerns over national security threats make up a sufficient justification for regulating social media use.
According to Deputy Minister for Women, Family and Community development, Hannah Yeoh, there is a growing trend of children abusing their elders. Her ministry is working on a legislation to address this issue. We speak to Professor Dr Tan Maw Pin, Consultant Geriatrician at Universiti Malaya on whether legislation is actually the most helpful measure and what holistic approach can the government introduce to address this issue. Listen in
00:23 - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in the spotlight for judicial interference on the bribery case involving engineering firm, SNC Lavalin, who paid 48 million Canadian dollars in bribes to Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya between 2001 to 2011 06:27 - Canada has approved U.S extradition proceedings against the CFO of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou and will now face trial in the US. Meng has denied wrongdoing and has been fighting extradition. 08:06 - The CEO of Vale, Fabio Schvartsman, has resigned after the dam in Brazil owned by the company collapsed in January causing nearly 200 deaths.
Barisan Nasional's win in the Semenyih by-elections was a stunning blow to incumbents Bersatu. Following the record-high voter turnout, we ask Amir Fareed, the Director of Strategy at KRA Group for his thoughts on the elections, the play of racial politics, and if Pakatan Harapan's complacency led to their downfall in the seat.
Ahead of the Semenyih by-election this weekend, we glean insights from Ben Suffian of the Merdeka Center on voter sentiment and what’s at stake for all parties involved.
Ross Tapsell, an expert in Southeast Asia and lecturer at the Australian National University talks to us about the perceived communication problem that Pakatan Harapan has and discusses how the coalition can communicate better as a government.
With expectations of a joint agreement signing between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi running on high, we speak to David Heidelberger from the Foreign Policy Association who is on the ground covering the story to discuss the possible outcomes of this summit.
Pakistan and India are facing their worst conflict in almost half a century. On Wednesday, an Indian military jet was shot down over disputed Kashmir territory and an Indian fighter pilot was captured by Pakistani forces. This follows India’s “pre-emptive strike” on a terrorist training camp in Pakistan on Tuesday, in response to a suicide attack on Indian police earlier this month. Both sides are escalating tensions, where will this go? We speak to geopolitical analyst Ankit Panda for some insight.
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, took to Instagram yesterday to announce that he is stepping down, which was then rejected by the President. We ask James about the background here and how it got here.
US President Donald Trump and Korean leader Kim Jong Un are poised to meet for a second time in Hanoi, Vietnam this week, 8 months on from their first summit in Singapore. We discuss expectations for the summit with David Heidelberger of the Foreign Policy Association, who is covering the story on the ground.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed that she will quit as leader before the next election in 2022. But it appears she may have changed her mind. On a recent trip to Egypt, May said “There is still a domestic agenda I want to get on and deliver,” hinting at a bid to stay on in government. We speak to Patrick Diamond, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Queen Mary University of London for thoughts on her prospects, and more broadly on the looming Brexit deadline.
The anti-vaccination movement is gaining momentum and to combat it, the government is considering making immunisation vaccination mandatory. Over the weekend, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad said the Health Ministry will consider a proposal to make immunisation vaccination compulsory. We speak to Azrul Khalid from the Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy for his thoughts.
We ask Jahabar for his thoughts on the Malaysian Media Council proposal, specifically whether there’s a need for it, what he’d like to see and the challenges the council faces
Danielle Wood, discusses Australia's policy headaches with her young increasingly sidelined by the wealth, home ownership and wage gap.
Sirul Azhar refugee application in Australia was declined and the extradition request from Malaysia will depend on the decision from the parliament to abolish the death penalty sentence in Malaysia. Sirul Azhar who was convicted of Altantuya murder fled to Australia since since 2015. Latheefa Koya gave her insights as to the current situation on the abolishment of the death penalty in Malaysia.
After a period of speculation about the fate of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has now come out to say that talks are “in the last mile.” He adds that he is optimistic about an outcome that is favourable to Malaysia, most notably in terms of negotiating a less hefty price tag. We speak to former diplomat and commentator on Malaysia-China relations, Datuk Dennis Ignatius, about how the talks might pan out as well as about the state of Malaysia’s current relationship with China.
Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok says the French embassy in Malaysia is coordinating a programme involving the Institute of Higher Studies for Science and Technology in France on understanding the palm oil industry, the results of which will be tabled in the French National Assembly. We discuss with Yu Leng the dialogues that Malaysia will be having with France on palm oil to address misconceptions. Listen in.
Rebuilding Bridges

Rebuilding Bridges


Dr Mustafa clarifies the mood, tone and possible resolution, of the freshly begin talks Malaysia and Singapore are conducting, where territorial disputes, air rights and water purchase are concerned.
Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran launched Malaysia’s first National Wage Index (NWI) yesterday. However, the implementation of the index is not compulsory and functions more as a guide. We ask the opinions of Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan, President of the Malaysia Employers Federation, MEF and Abdul Halim Mansor, the President of the Malaysia Trade Union Congress, MTUC about how the national wage index would impact businesses and workers.
Given current local employment opportunities and wage levels, many more Malaysians may soon choose to migrate for a chance at better wages and an improved quality of life. We spoke to Oh Ei Sun for more insights on the issue.
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