BFM's Best of 2018

Dan Lain-lain
By BFM Editor

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The end of the year is upon us, and to give it a proper send off, we’ve asked our producers to compile a list of their best shows! Here are 10 of them, in no particular order.

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The Breakfast Grille: Keeping It Real - Rafidah Aziz

Weeks after the tremendous result on May 9th, the fiercest critic of former Prime Minister Najib Razak joined us on the Breakfast Grille. Needless to say, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz didn’t hold back. When former Morning Run presenter Sharaad Kuttan asked if Tun Abdul Razak’s legacy had been tarnished by Najib, Malaysia’s Iron Lady stingingly replied: “I wouldn’t say he tarnished his father’s good reputation at all. His legacy is separate ... it’s not fair [to bring] the name of Razak in the same breath as Najib.”

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Evening Edition: The Road To Radicalisation

In this Evening Edition special, journalists Ezra Zaid and Zan Azlee are asking the unspoken question: are Malaysians getting radicalised, and if they are, why? Furthermore, are Malaysians really sympathising with extremists and picking up arms to fight in the Middle-East? The two spoke to the usual suspects of researchers, psychologists and activists, but really get to the heart of the matter via an elusive individual who sheds light on the road radicalisation.

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Live and Learn: Defending Najib

Before it was known that former Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Razak would be charged for his involvement in the 1MDB scandal, considerable attention was being paid to his legal team. Who were these lawyers, and what were their motivations for accepting a high profile client? Fahri Azzat joins host Chua Ern Teck in explaining the predicaments of lawyers who defend unpopular clients and why it’s a necessary (and important) component of any criminal system.

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The Breakfast Grille: Justo - I Believe I Did The Right Thing

Amid the ongoing investigation into 1MDB, its whistleblower and former PetroSaudi International executive, Xavier Justo, spoke on the Breakfast Grille about the struggles he faced in consequence of his whistleblowing. What he revealed had painted a carefully constructed conspiracy organized by Petrosaudi in order to keep damaging information away from public eye. His infamous written confession, he revealed, was merely a gateway to a shortened sentence in a Thai prison he described as “illegal, inhumane, immoral and “something you’d see 200-300 years ago”.

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• Read the B-Side article here

Health & Living: Have You Thought About Killing Yourself?

The tragic deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and handbag designer Kate Spade has resurfaced an all too familiar and difficult topic of suicide. One of the questions many have asked is why they killed themselves when they seemed to have it all: success, fame and wealth. Providing insights into recognising signs of depression and suicide are consultant clinical psychologist Paul Jambunathan and Victor Tan of Befrienders KL.  

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• Read this related article, written by Dr. Helmy Haja Mydin, a Consultant Respiratory Specialist.

The Breakfast Grille: Malaysia's Path to Parity - Lim Guan Eng

In this hour-long Breakfast Grille special, Finance Minister YB Lim Guan Eng answered questions from the public about the Budget 2019, oil revenues and the truth about the nation’s financial position. When Morning Run presenter Khoo Hsu Chuang asked about the 1MDB scandal, the Finance Minister replied in visible frustration: “the damage done to the country is tremendous … How would you feel if you had to pay [RM50 billion] for the 1MDB scandal? I don’t think we are elected to be indifferent and calm to these scandals, I think we’re elected by the people to put things right; to show that we care about our country and our children’s future”

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Video: Bola Impian: Becoming Malaysia’s Footballing Future

Amidst the changing roles and objectives of the National Football Development Program (NFDP), Haikal, a young footballer playing for one of Malaysia’s top youth academies, has an unfettered dream to play in the world’s top leagues. The BFM Video team followed Haikal’s story in Penang - speaking to his parents, his family, his coaches and his many friends about his ardent dream.

Bar None - The Scandal Rocking Badminton

Earlier this year, the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) had been rocked with numerous allegations of match-fixing. Two Malaysian shuttlers could face lifetime bans if found guilty of the six charges of match-fixing during six different championships. Still, many questions linger in the minds of observers, namely, how the BWF (Badminton World Federation) knew about it, while our Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) appeared to be clueless. In this episode, Kenny Goh, COO of Badminton Asia and Malaysian badminton legend Wong Choong Hann joins host Daryl Ong and journalist Haresh Deol in unpacking the scandal.

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Enterprise: Home Is Where the Flavour Is

If there’s one thing that truly unites Malaysians, it’s our appreciation of the local cuisine. In honour of Malaysia Day 2018, we look at three businesses celebrating local flavours in totally different ways. Producer Christine Wong goes on a culinary adventure with Edmund Tan of Inside Scoop, Christopher De Mello of Mum’s Place, and a few more street food vendors to find out what makes Malaysian food so beloved by our nation.

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Video: 7 Questions with Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco isn’t just a Grammy winner with 11 other Grammy nominations. He’s also an entrepreneur, a devoted martial artist, and a man of humility. We don’t get admirable people like him in the office very often, so we made sure to pick his brain over a variety of shows. The video team took him to task with 7 Questions, and the result was… quite revealing. On the Muddy Confluence Musical Companion, hosts Ali Johan and Daryl Ong spoke to Lupe about his musical influences, while Ezra Zaid hosted him on the Evening Edition, asking questions such as how to balance the business and the art in the music industry.


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