BFM is a 24 hr independent radio station based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia focused on business news and current affairs. Core programs include business news, market reports from Malaysia and other regions and interviews with various business personalities.
Join Daryl Ong & Othniel Ting as they delve into an album of our chosen artist of the week, running you through the stories & history of the album track by track. Pop icon Mariah Carey recently surprised many when she teased the surprise release of her elusive 1995 secret alternative rock album that the singer worked on in secret. In conjunction with that news, we take a look at one of her best selling and chart topping albums.
Our culture vulture Kam Raslan is accompanied by Julian Yap and Dhanya Nair in this episode of A Bit of Culture that takes a deep dive into what it means to be an obsessive fan. Kam draws from his personal experience of obsessing over The Beatles, while Julian and Dhanya are both into BTS. But prior to that, they speak about true crime podcasts and why they're so fascinating, as well as ponder whether older audiences like to watch older actors specifically, and vice versa. Tune in to join in on the fun!
Harimau Malaya continued their good form with a win against Thailand in the King's Cup, and booked their place in the final against Tajikistan. We dissect their victory, and look ahead to some international matches happening this weekend ahead of the World Cup in November. We also review the performances of some of the top clubs in the Premier League and look at what's working or not working so far for them. All these and more, on another exciting episode of Just For Kicks.Image Source: Football Association of Malaysia's Facebook Page.
Following discussions about the timing of GE15, we ask: what do Malaysians actually want from an elected government? First, we get into the final version of Manifesto Rakyat, a collaborative project between Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia and CSO Platform that aims to collect diverse voices in society and reflect what the people want and demand in various policy areas. Then, a look at what we know so far about each of the parties' promises and focus in GE15. Image source: Manifesto Rakyat, Facebook
A tweet has gone viral, about the curious case of a police report being lodged over a bad review of nasi goreng Pattaya, that started going viral first, on Tiktok. We get into it.Image source: Tero Vesalainen, Shutterstock
Kirsten Han is a Singaporean activist and independent journalist, who runs a newsletter called We, The Citizens. As an activist and journalist in a country with very little civic space or room for dissent, Kirsten has found herself tangled up with the Singaporean authorities a number of times, in her fight for social justice. She joins us on the show to share her story. Image credit: Kirsten Han
From humble beginnings of school grounds rehearsal spaces and rented instruments, the HANDS Percussion group grew to be critically acclaimed performers, and also a crowd favourite at both local and international stages. Founded 25 years ago by Bernard Goh, the team have weathered some storms these past couple of years, but are back with a literal bang, and are building back even better than before. They are set to present Kaleidoscope VI - Hands International Drumming Festival "Thunder" this October, and we find out all about it from Bernard, who is also the artistic director of HANDS Percussion. Image credit: Facebook / HANDS Percussion
"Jazz Meets the Island" is the theme of the very first Pangkor Island Jazz Festival, set to be held from the 7th to the 9th of October. Promising music, culture and life under the island moonlight, the festival boasts of headliners like WVC Jazz Trio, Junji Delfino, The Shang Sisters and more. We speak to pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Tay Cher Siang, who is also the curator and music director of the Pangkor Jazz festival, to find out more. Image credit: Facebook / Pangkor Island Jazz Festival
The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has recently issued a guideline to provide clarity on the tax status of digital currencies and digital tokens. With Malaysian crypto ownership estimated to be 20 percent above the global average of 15 percent, this could be a sizable tax revenue if done correctly. Keegan Ong, Tax Executive Director from PwC joins us to dissect the contents of this guideline and what it could mean for digital asset ownership in Malaysia. Image Credit: Shutterstock | mentalmind
Are you quiet quitting or quietly doing your job? Do you need a WhatsApp group to tell you? Or is this simply the impact of a new generation on the workplace?Episode Sources: https://www.wired.com/story/janet-jackson-rhythm-nation-crash-hard-drives/Image Credit: Unsplash | benjamin lehman
The Selangor Smart City and Digital Economy Convention (SDEC) is hosted by the Selangor state government and organised by Selangor Information Technology and Digital Economy Corporation (Sidec) in conjunction with Selangor International Business Summit (SIBS) 2022. SDEC is a 4-day event happening from the 6th - 9th October 2022. Leaders from cities around the world will be sharing their knowledge, experiences, and approaches to resolve city liveability challenges through smart technologies. Find out more as we speak to Mr.Yong Kai Ping, Chief Executive Officer from Selangor Information Technology and Digital Economy Corporation (Sidec) about what the Selangor Smart City and Digital Economy Convention (SDEC) event is all about. For more info, visit www.sidec.com.my
The Malaysian Automotive Association's latest vehicle sales data showed that there were 36% more vehicles sold in August this year from the previous month. This was mainly because of backlogged orders with dealers trying to beat the June 30th deadline for the Sales & Service Tax exemption. Jim Lim, an analyst at RHB Research, takes us through what we might expect for the sector amidst supply chain constraints along with Putrajaya's push to encourage EV adoption with its various incentives.
While there is widespread acceptance that environment, social and governance or ESG principles are crucial for business continuity, what this looks like in practice is an ongoing debate. What are the trends driving ESG action in the economy today and how should businesses position themselves for resilience? Dr. Andrea Bonime-Blanc, author of "Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk to Resilience," discusses the megatrends she sees impacting business decision-making and why the ESG space should also include technology issues.
With the inevitable global economic slowdown, what options does the Malaysian economy has to sustain growth? With a RM1 trillion debt and an election pending, are our options limited? Dr. Nungsari A. Radhi, Economist gives us some ideas.
A hike in interest rates is positive for banks but less so for neo banks. What then is the path to profitability and how innovative do digital banks have to be to achieve market share? Tamma Febrian, Director of Financial Institutions at Fitch Ratings tells us.Image credit: Shutterstock.com
A group of residents has issued a Letter of Demand to KL City Hall and the Federal Territories Ministry for information on flood mitigation measures being taken. Because let's not forget how last year's monsoon season led to the worst incidents of flooding in the Klang Valley. The latest Attorney General's Report published last month, also revealed that DBKL has only implemented 7.7% of flood mitigation measures detailed in the 2017 flood management master plan. Lim Wei Jiet is representing the residents.Image Credit: RustyR / Shutterstock.com
How are markets digesting the latest US Fed rate hike and pace of monetary policy tightening? We look ahead to the third quarter earnings season as well as employment trend projections with Tim Mulholland of TJM Limited, who also discusses options-based strategies to consider in volatile conditions.
We get you out of bed, to your first cup of coffee or to your first destination of your day with thought-provoking discussions on ideas, people and events shaping all our lives. 02:28: How do we get people to care about animal welfare?08:22: What are the pros and cons of a four day work week?14:12: International headlines18:08: Local headlines Image credit: Shutterstock
Recently, pop icon Mariah Carey teased the original version of her elusive 1995 grunge album - written three decades ago under the moniker Chick. The 53-year-old hinted that she's collaborating with an undisclosed person for the new release, which would almost definitely be an intriguing listen. In anticipation of that, this week we go Back-To-Back into her greatest hits that made her the pop superstar that she is. ---Heartbreaker (ft. Jay-Z) (Rainbow)I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time (E=MC2)Honey (Butterfly) Shake It Off (The Emancipation of Mimi) We Belong Together (Mimi's Late Night Valentine Mix) Someday (Mariah Carey) Didn't Mean to Turn You On (Glitter OST) Through The Rain (Charmbracelet) It's Like That (The Emancipation of Mimi) Emotions (Emotions)
According to the World Bank, Malaysia can now be considered an ageing nation, with more than 7 percent of our population belonging in the age group of 65 years old and above. This number is expected to double by 2044, making our society an “aged society” by then. How can we accommodate this segment of the population in the design of our cities? Alice Sabrina Ismail, Director of Architecture at the Faculty of Built Environment & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia joins us on the show to discuss the topic.Image Source: 123rf.com/profile_bee32
Whether we're talking about anthropomorphised animals like Donald Duck, pets like Marley, or the kind we'd rather avoid (ahem, Bruce) - animals on film or TV are almost a foolproof formula. So we're dedicating this week's Supercut to discussing everything from the cute n' cuddly to the frankly terrifying, and share some of our favourites.
There is a lot of speculation as to when GE15 is going to be. It looks like everyone is in the dark and there's reportedly some disagreement about it in the cabinet too. So first, we talk about where everyone stands on election timing and how prepared they are. And then, what are the broader repercussions of not knowing when elections will be?Djohan Shahrin, Shutterstock
Child sexual abuse and exploitation has made the headlines again, with recent news reports that child pornography is rife on Malaysian-registered IP addresses, as well as allegations of sexual harassment by a school motivational speaker. Both instances show that sexual violence against children can happen under our very noses, and that we need to do more to protect children. We speak to consultant developmental paediatrician Dr Rajini Sarvananthan, and Thulasi Munisamy, Advocacy and Partnerships Director from Protect and Save the Children, about the risk of abuse and exploitation that children face, both online and offline, as well as how to have conversations with parents, teachers, caregivers and children themselves, to break the silence around sexual violence.Image credit: Shutterstock
Chico Mendes, Brazilian, rubber tapper, environmentalist, trade union leader, once famously said, “ecology without class struggle is just gardening.” On this episode of ThinkLeft, we discuss capitalism as the root cause of the climate crisis, why poor countries suffer due to rich country's greed and why class struggle and solidarity among the masses is the best way to overcome this problem. Image credit: Shutterstock / Michal Urbanek
The pandemic has really brought an increased awareness for fitness and health. As a result, we're seeing more and more people looking for ways to better their personal fitness but in a more convenient way. We explore how digital health can be harnessed to improve personal health and community well-being.
International Day of Peace is observed annually on the 21st of September, and this year's theme was “End racism. Build peace.” The day was dedicated to promoting a new world free of racism and racial discrimination. Refugees living in Malaysia have long faced discrimination, been denied many fundamental human rights, and have had to contend with vicious amounts of xenophobia, simply for fleeing unsafe situations in their own countries and seeking refuge here. What should be done to fix this ongoing issue, and what are the right strategies for more inclusive policies focusing on the right to obtain decent work, healthcare services and formal education? This is the focus of an upcoming public dialogue by Bait Al Amanah in collaboration with Beyond Borders, and we find out more from Mahi Ramakrishnan, the founder of Beyond Borders and Simraatraj Kaur Dhillon, a Research & Advocacy Analyst at Bait Al Amanah. We also discuss recent news including the suggestion to shut down the United Nations High Commission for Refugees' (UNHCR) office in Malaysia, the fact that as a member of the United Nations and a current member of the Human Rights Council from 2022 to 2024, Malaysia is expected to uphold human rights for all, and what is fuelling many Malaysians dislike and discontent with refugee communities in Malaysia.Image credit: Shutterstock
Business insurance is often overlooked or low on the company's priority list as it involves expenditure without direct tangible returns. The various myths and misconceptions surrounding business insurance also does not help with its uptake numbers. Ng Kok Kheng, CEO of Great Eastern General Insurance (Malaysia) and deputy chairman of the Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia (PIAM) joins us to answer the various questions surrounding business insurance and why it's important for businesses to be covered.Image Credit: Shutterstock | VectorMine
Established in 2010, Internet Alliance is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing a communal space for entrepreneurs in the tech, digital and Internet industries. The association advocates for a brighter digital economy and a space that fosters meaningful connections among tech leaders and entrepreneurs. TK Tan & Sunny Ooi discuss talent retention and IA's efforts in pushing for better digital and Internet literacy.Image Credit: Shutterstock | Unitone Vector
WORQEX, a Malaysian work-based online learning programme, provides real-world working experience to its learners. Doing away with theory-based and academia-driven syllabi, WORQEX onboards their trainees into a simulated company and coaches them through modules of popular work tasks to build a work portfolio for their job-seeking journey — all from the convenience of their homes and at their own pace. Image Credit: Jobtiviti Facebook Page
Continuing a special series on money and relationships, Dr Selina Dang of Coreplus Advisory comes on the show to discuss the kind of financial issues that might crop up in a marriage. Dr Selina shares some thoughts on how to talk to your spouse about money and what steps to take to ensure that you and your partner are on the same page.Image credit: Shutterstock
They say prevention is better than cure and information is what helps us win battles. So knowing your genetic history can provide you a snapshot of who you are and how to be on the lookout for any hereditary concerns. The ACE Market-listed Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre has been providing these services and is now diversifying into cancer immunotherapy. CEO Sasha Nordin talks to us about how MGRC can provide these services at a fraction of the price while ensuring the company remains profitable.
Despite claiming to champion Malay-Muslim Unity and ostensibly being in the same government, Umno, Bersatu and PAS are constantly at odds with one another. The latest manifestation of this dysfunctional relationship is the war of words between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri and his predecessor, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of Bersatu. What does all this finger-pointing signal about the timing of GE15? We speak to political analyst Dr. Azmi Hassan for insights.