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 email@example.com.
Regulating Social Media: A Delicate Task
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.
Circling In On The Elders
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.
Canada’s Blurred Lines of Justice
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.
The Tide Turns in Semenyih
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.
Semenyih Bellwether for PH
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.
Pakatan's Communication Game
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.