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BMI - 'Bicara Minggu Ini', or in English, 'The Talk of the Week' is a weekly podcast by Norman Goh, a freelance journalist discussing top issues in Malaysian politics, what’s trending and interviews with people you should know in politics, activists and experts.

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BMI - 'Bicara Minggu Ini', or in English, 'The Talk of the Week' is a weekly podcast by Norman Goh, a freelance journalist discussing top issues in Malaysian politics, what’s trending and interviews with people you should know in politics, activists and experts.

    Episode 30 - Education, Disconnected?

    Episode 30 - Education, Disconnected?

    In this episode, I speak to Kelvin Tan, CEO and co-founder of Project ID, a school-based education initiative to help students and teachers. In 2020, Project ID conducted the Student Voice Matters survey to understand how students are coping with the sudden switch to online learning. This year in 2021, Project ID recently published the first part of the study to see the changes in the Malaysian students’ online learning experience and how they look to move forward.


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    • 36 min
    IFJ Asia Pacific 2021: Malaysia's Trust in Media

    IFJ Asia Pacific 2021: Malaysia's Trust in Media

    International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Asia-Pacific launched the report on The Trust in Media study in Malaysia, in collaboration with the Merdeka Centre on 10 May 2021.

    The research is a key activity in the foundation phase of strengthening Malaysia’s Media for Change Project. The project was commissioned to Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research to assess current reporting standards and public perceptions of media outlets, media coverage and journalists. The research concluded in January 2021 and this webinar will discuss the key findings and to launch the Trust in Media report.

    The webinar featured the following panelists and moderated by Norman Goh, independent journalist and producer of Bicara Minggu Ini:

    1. Cynthia Gabriel, Executive Director of Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4)

    2. Ibrahim Suffian, Programs Director of Merdeka Center for Opinion Research

    3. Charles F. Moiera, Freelance Journalist, Associate Member of National Union of Journalists Malaysia (NUJ)

    4. Jahabar Sadiq, Founder of The Malaysian Insight


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    Episode 29 - Conversations with Dr. Oh Ei Sun

    Episode 29 - Conversations with Dr. Oh Ei Sun

    In this episode, I am speaking to Dr Oh Ei Sun, a senior fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs to discuss about the prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin's political longevity amidst the political crisis.
    Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin still enjoys a high approval rating at 67% in the recent poll by Merdeka Center, suggesting a growing optimism for the leader of Perikatan Nasional coalition. However, the survey showed a clear split on the administration as a whole as the nation struggles to find the footing in securing a clear stability in the government, in the midst of the emergency.
    As we try to decipher the peculiarity of the polls by Merdeka Center, despite the kerfuffle by several ministers in Muhyiddin’s cabinet, he is set to continue to be comfortable amidst the noise in the Malaysian political landscape. In another matter, Abdul Hamid Bador bid farewell as the inspector-general of police on May 4th and the new IGP is Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, taking over the helm of the police force. Hamid, however, made an explosive allegation about the interference of the executives, accusing the politicians for meddling in the works of the police. Although these allegations are not new, this confirms the long ongoing rumours that the political masters have had hands in the law enforcement. 
    How do we read in between the lines of the polls on Malaysian politics and what future holds for the law enforcement in the country?


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    • 28 min
    Episode 28: Understanding Malay Politics in Sarawak

    Episode 28: Understanding Malay Politics in Sarawak

    In the last Sarawak state election held in 2016, the then Sarawak Barisan Nasional led by the late Adenan Satem, won with a landslide victory, winning 72 out of 82 seats contested, while the opposition only managed to secure 10 seats. Although we are still in the midst of the emergency, it is expected that the state will call for an election by the end of the year once the emergency is lifted.
    In this episode, a collaboration with Dr James Chin, professor in Asia Studies at Asia Institute, University of Tasmania, as well as Sarawak’s ROSE or Rise of Efforts in discussing the polemics and dynamics of Malay politics, its influence and power. We were joined by Parti Bumiputera Pesaka Bersatu PBB deputy youth chief, Fazruddin Abdul Rahman, who is also assemblyman for Tupong constituency in Kuching. This discussion is also joined by Abang Halil Abang Nalil, chairman of Sarawak Amanah and Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh, deputy chairman of Sarawak’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat.


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    Episode 27 - Conversations with Senator Liew Chin Tong

    Episode 27 - Conversations with Senator Liew Chin Tong

    In this episode, I speak to DAP’s national political education director and former deputy defence minister Senator Liew Chin Tong, discussing the changing political landscape in the country after Umno’s ultimatum to Bersatu and Perikatan Nasional. 

    We will be diving deeper into the economic issues we face in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and moving forward as we attempt to pull it through these tough times.


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    • 46 min
    Episode 26: This Week in Malaysia - A New Star is Born

    Episode 26: This Week in Malaysia - A New Star is Born

    What are my top stories of the week? Check out my take of last week's top stories and what you should look out this week as we prepare for Umno's AGM over the weekend. 


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    • 16 min

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