Podcasts

WHAT SHOULD UMNO DO NEXT?
July 29, 2020

Yesterday’s landmark verdict found former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak guilty of all charges relating to SRC International. Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate, University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute discusses UMNO’s dilemma, and if Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should rejoin the party and call for a snap election.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon

Presented by: Roshan Kanesan, Lyn Mak, Noelle Limf

IS REFORMASI DEAD?
July 29, 2020

We live in politically turbulent times. And over the past few months, there has been plenty of talk on the “death of reformasi.” But what exactly is the reformasi movement? We speak to Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate, University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute, on what reformasi actually means, if the survival of the movement is tied to political parties or is it something else entirely?

 

Produced by: Dashran Yohan
Presented by: Dashran Yohan

ROOM FOR NEGOTIATION IN GOVT'S SLIM MAJORITY
July 24, 2020

Political analyst Wong Chin Huat was quoted by The Malaysian Insight, stating that Perikatan Nasional’s slim majority in Parliament could be harnessed by the Opposition to negotiate for reforms. We speak with Dr Bridget Welsh for her thoughts on the feasibility of such negotiations.

 
Produced by: Kelvin Yee
Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

ANALYST REFLECTS ON THE EVENTS ON THE FIRST DAY OF PARLIAMENT
July 16, 2020

The first day of the Dewan Rakyat sitting on Monday saw an uproar on both sides of the bench. Political Analyst Dr Bridget Welsh reflects on the events that took place on Monday.

PARLIAMENT - A HARDENING OF POLITICAL LINES
July 13, 2020

The first full Parliamentary sitting of the Perikatan Nasional government is set to see several landmark motions tabled- including a motion to replace the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and one of the Deputy Speakers. We speak to Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute for some insight into the political dynamics informing the sitting, as well as Dhanya Nair, reporter with the BFM News team, for an on the ground perspective of what’s happening in Parliament house.

 

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar, Lyn Mak

Presented by: Lyn Mak, Roshan Kanesan, Noelle Lim

MALAYSIA'S MESSY POLITICS - WITH BRIDGET WELSH
July 10, 2020

For more than 60 years, Malaysian politics was extremely predictable – the same dominant party, UMNO, had remained in power since independence. All that changed in 2018, and with the latest change of government this March, all bets are off. In this podcast, leading Malaysia expert Bridget Welsh of the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia campus discusses these fascinating developments with Duncan McCargo.

 

Taken from The Nordic Asia Podcast

ART HARUN AS NEW SPEAKER?
June 30, 2020

After his resignation just ahead of the Chini by-election, Art Harun is now reportedly being nominated as the new Dewan Rakyat Speaker. We discuss the potential political outcomes of this with Dr Bridget Welsh.

 

Produced by: Hezril Asyraaf, Tasha Fusil

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn

PH AT STALEMATE AGAIN?
June 17, 2020

 

Despite a self-imposed deadline of yesterday evening, the Pakatan Harapan coalition still has not decided on its Prime Minister candidate. We reached out to Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute and frequent commentator on Malaysian politics, for her thoughts on this never-ending story.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon
Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Lyn Mak

EP #12 The Politics of Pandemic in Southeast Asia

FOREIGN POLICY TALKS, JUNE 5 2020

As we know, the COVID-19 pandemic is not only affecting the health and economic situation specifically to the Southeast Asian region, but it has also tested the political leadership of ASEAN leaders. Some of them have been criticized for not taking swift action in combatting the COVID-19, many also criticized of doing some authoritarian measures in their efforts to battle the pandemic. The political aspect of the COVID-19 crisis is a very interesting topic to discuss. How will the COVID-19 impact politics in Southeast Asia? And in terms of the political communication strategy of ASEAN leaders, which one is the best? Have there been any correlations between the effectiveness of the political system with the successful result in dealing with the pandemic? I explore those questions with Prof. Zachary Abuza and Prof. Bridget Welsh. Please enjoy!

WHO'S FIRED FROM BERSATU?

May 29, 2020

 

We help you keep up with the events as separate factions within the party attempt to sack each other, and explore the impact that the latest politicking might have on the government.

 

Produced by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Kelvin Yee
Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

POLITICAL COALITIONS ON SHAKY GROUND

May 19, 2020 

Yesterday’s historic one-day Parliamentary sitting opened with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong warning lawmakers against throwing the country into political turmoil once again, particularly as the people are still faced with the Covid-19 pandemic. In the wake of the sitting, we speak to Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute and longtime commentator on Malaysian politics, for her take on the sitting and what it says about the state of coalition politics in Malaysia.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon
Presented by: Lyn Mak, Wong Shou Ning

KEDAH FALLS TO PERIKATAN NASIONAL

May 12, 2020 

This comes as a result of two PKR assemblymen quitting the party today, pledging their support to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. We discuss the political implications of this development.


Produced by: Tasha Fusil
Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

LIKE CHESS, POLITICS IS A LONG GAME

May 5, 2020 

As tensions between Umno and Bersatu rise, will we see any resolution or will we see more drastic developments? Suggestions have been made that Bersatu members should just join with Umno while others have called for Bersatu to rejoin the Pakatan Harapan coalition. Helping us to unpack this is Dr Bridget Welsh from the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute.


Produced by: Sim Wie Boon
Presented by: Lyn Mak, Wong Shou Ning

ANWAR TO POSSIBLY LEAD OPPOSITION AGAIN

April 28, 2020 


Sources have told The Malaysian Insight that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be the opposition leader when the Dewan Rakyat reconvenes. We speak with Bridget Welsh about the political developments to look out for in the coming days.


Produced by: Juosie Loo
Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

GOVT BACKBENCHERS TO BE MADE GLC HEADS?

April 14, 2020 

PAS Secretary-General Dato Takiyuddin Hassan was quoted by Malaysiakini saying that all MPs who do not currently hold positions in government will be appointed to GLC positions. We look at the relationship between GLC appointments and politics.

Produced by: Loo Juosie
Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

MCO IS TOUGH ON EVERYONE BUT SOME MORE THAN OTHERS

April 2, 2020 


The Movement Control Order has affected Malaysians from all walks of life but for some, this has had an even more negative impact. Dr. Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute tells who these vulnerable groups are and how should we be responding to them in these times whilst also looking at things more holistically to solve the issues in the long run.

Produced by: Roshan Kanesan
Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Lyn Mak

GAINING POLITICAL MILEAGE FROM CRISIS IN COVID-19

April 2, 2020 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/evening-edition/evening-edition/gaining-political-mileage-from-crisis-in-covid-19

 

While some politicians both local and abroad have been criticised for their handling of the Covid-19 crisis, others have risen to the occasion, benefiting their political standing. We speak with Bridget Welsh for her thoughts.

 

Produced by: Tasha Fusil

Presented by: Kelvin Yee, Hezril Asyraaf

THE MAHATHIR-MUHYIDDIN TUSSLE

March 1, 2020 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/special-feature/malaysia-terbaru/sp-the-mahathir-muhyiddin-tussle

 

With less than an hour before Bersatu President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is sworn in as the eighth Prime Minister, interim PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has publicly taken an opposing stand, declaring that the Perikatan Nasional coalition does not have the numbers. Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate with the University of Nottingham’s Asia Research Institute, gives us a rundown of the relationship between Tun Mahathir and Tan Sri Muhyiddin, and what that foretells for the new government.

 

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Lyn Mak, Sharmilla Ganesan

MUHYIDDIN AS PM – A NUMBERS GAME?

February 29, 2020 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/special-feature/malaysia-terbaru/sp-muhyiddin-as-pm-bridget

 

After almost a week of political upheaval, the Istana Negara confirmed today that Bersatu President, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, will be sworn in as the eighth Prime Minister of Malaysia on 1st March 2020. Dr Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate with Malaysia’s Asia Research Institute, at the University of Nottingham, breaks down the numbers and the political alliances for us.

 

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Wong Shou Ning

DO APPEASEMENT POLITICS WORK?

February 4, 2020 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/evening-edition/evening-edition/do-appeasement-politics-work

 

The Health Minister recently said in a drug policy forum that it is “easier to sell ice cream”, if politicians were to please everyone. We discuss how politicians can consider stakeholders’ views while pushing policies forward in a constructive manner.

 

Produced by: Kelvin Yee
Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Kelvin Yee

WRANGLING OVER SUCCESSION

February 10, 2020 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/morning-run/morning-brief/wrangling-over-succession

 

PAS suggested a vote of confidence to keep prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir for his full term, contradicting his promise to hand over the post to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. This further fuel rumours of a backdoor government forming between PAS, UMNO and Bersatu. We talk to Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute on what this means for the future power transition.

 

Produced by: Sim Wie Boon, Maryam Maznorzuhairi

Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Lyn Mak, Noelle Lim

TUN MAHATHIR IS ACTING EDUCATION MINISTER

January 10, 2020  https://www.bfm.my/podcast/evening-edition/evening-edition/tun-mahathir-is-acting-education-minister


We look at the jurisdiction of an acting minister, and what needs to be done to ensure a smooth succession.

 


Produced by: Loo Juosie, Kelvin Yee

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Kelvin Yee, Aiman Rashad

KIMANIS - A BELLWETHER FOR WARISAN?

January 7, 2020 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/morning-run/morning-brief/kimanis-a-bellwether-for-warisan

As we move closer to the Kimanis by-election set for January 18th, we continue our discussion with the issues that could influence the election outcome. To do that, we speak to Bridget Welsh, Honorary Research Associate at the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute, about the what each of the election candidates brings to the table, and how these polls will reflect on the ruling government.

 

Presented by: Noelle Lim, Shou Ning Wong, Lyn Mak

2019 IN REVIEW: POLITICS

December 19, 2019 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/evening-edition/evening-edition/2019-in-review-politics

 

Politics has dominated much of the conversations we’ve had this year: from numerous by-elections, to political infighting, and the ongoing question of who should be the next PM. We talk about what all of this has meant, and the impact it’s had on the government, the opposition and of course, the rakyat.

2019 IN REVIEW: POLITICS

December 19, 2019 https://www.bfm.my/podcast/evening-edition/evening-edition/2019-in-review-politics

 

Politics has dominated much of the conversations we’ve had this year: from numerous by-elections, to political infighting, and the ongoing question of who should be the next PM. We talk about what all of this has meant, and the impact it’s had on the government, the opposition and of course, the rakyat.