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Consider This: Public Transport (Part 3) - Gender-Segregated Coaches, Safer Commutes?

Recently Rapid KL introduced a pilot programme of women-only carriages on its MRT Kajang Line, which was met with a spectrum of responses from the public, including praise and support, but also scepticism and criticism. How do we think through the purpose and effectiveness of creating women-only spaces on public transport? And more generally, how do we constructively address the concerns and objections that were raised, while building consensus in the pursuit of safer, more inclusive public transportation systems? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Dr Vilashini Somiah, anthropologist and Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at Universiti Malaya.

Thu Oct 05 2023

Consider This: Public Transport (Part 3) - Gender-Segregated Coaches, Safer Commutes?

Recently Rapid KL introduced a pilot programme of women-only carriages on its MRT Kajang Line, which was met with a spectrum of responses from the public, including praise and support, but also scepticism and criticism. How do we think through the purpose and effectiveness of creating women-only spaces on public transport? And more generally, how do we constructively address the concerns and objections that were raised, while building consensus in the pursuit of safer, more inclusive public transportation systems? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Dr Vilashini Somiah, anthropologist and Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at Universiti Malaya.
Consider This: Palestine — The Struggle for Self-Determination & Statehood

Consider This: Palestine — The Struggle for Self-Determination & Statehood

Friday 23rd February 2024 marks 140 days of Israel’s latest war on Gaza. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, the latest death toll now stands at 29,410. At least 69,465 people have been wounded. Also happening this week are the hearings at the International Court of Justice, in which 52 countries, including Malaysia, are jointly presenting evidence about the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to His Excellency Walid Abu Ali, Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Malaysia, Maldives, Brunei, and Thailand.
Consider This: Journalism Ethics (Part 2) - Up to Speed With Today's Media Landscape?

Consider This: Journalism Ethics (Part 2) - Up to Speed With Today's Media Landscape?

The Communications Ministry recently launched an updated version of the Malaysian Code of Ethics for Journalists, 35 years after it was first developed by the Malaysian Press Institute. Given how much the media landscape has changed in the decades since, is the Code well-suited for the way media is produced and consumed today? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Kamarul Bahrin Haron, Adjunct Professor at Universiti Malaya and Senior Associate at MIGHT, is a think tank focused on government-industry partnership in high tech.

Consider This: Journalism Ethics (Part 1) - State-Initiated Code Basis for Accreditation

Consider This: Journalism Ethics (Part 1) - State-Initiated Code Basis for Accreditation

The Communications Ministry recently launched an updated version of the Malaysian Code of Ethics for Journalists, 35 years after it was first developed by the Malaysian Press Institute. Given how much the media landscape has changed in the decades since, is the Code well-suited for the way media is produced and consumed today? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Wathshlah Naidu, Executive Director of the Center for Independent Journalism and Member of the Pro-tem Committee of the Malaysian Media Council.
The Gig Economy (Part 1) — Regulation, New Challenge For Policymakers

The Gig Economy (Part 1) — Regulation, New Challenge For Policymakers

Malaysia's gig economy is in the spotlight once again as the debate over the necessity of a dedicated regulatory authority persists. Calls for the establishment of a Gig Economy Commission, largely led by Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi, have been met with government promises of Cabinet consideration, or assertions that existing structures are already sufficient. Does Malaysia need a Gig Economy Commission to address the challenges of the gig economy? What are the potential obstacles that might arise in its implementation? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Niaz Asadullah, Professor of Economics at Monash University Malaysia. He’s also the Southeast Asia Lead for the Global Labor Organization.
Pemilu 2024 (Part 2) — Indonesia Votes In ‘Continuity’ Candidates

Pemilu 2024 (Part 2) — Indonesia Votes In ‘Continuity’ Candidates

Prabowo Subianto has claimed victory in Indonesia’s presidential election, after sample count results indicate he's clinched the necessary majority for a decisive win in the first round. Were there lessons for Malaysia from Indonesia’s experience? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Dr Azmil Mohd Tayeb, Associate Professor at USM’s School of Social Sciences.
Pemilu 2024 (Part 3) — Charting Indonesia's Economic Path Forward

Pemilu 2024 (Part 3) — Charting Indonesia's Economic Path Forward

Prabowo Subianto has claimed victory in Indonesia’s presidential election, after sample count results indicate he's clinched the necessary majority for a decisive win in the first round. What are the key economic challenges that the new leadership will likely face? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Rania Teguh, Research Scholar with the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research at the Australian National University.
Pemilu 2024 (Part 1) — Prabowo Set to Be Indonesia’s Next President

Pemilu 2024 (Part 1) — Prabowo Set to Be Indonesia’s Next President

Prabowo Subianto has claimed victory in Indonesia’s presidential election, after sample count results indicate he's clinched the necessary majority for a decisive win in the first round. What might we expect to see from Indonesia under his presidency? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Andreas Harsono, Researcher at Human Rights Watch based in Jakarta.
Forgotten Baby Syndrome (Part 3) — It Can Happen To Anyone

Forgotten Baby Syndrome (Part 3) — It Can Happen To Anyone

Forgotten Baby Syndrome refers to a phenomenon in which young children are mistakenly left in vehicles. Research has found that over 25% of parents with children under 3 have lost awareness of the child being present in the car at some point during the drive. In light of recent deaths involving young children left in cars, is this an issue for policymakers to address? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Professor Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail, Consultant Paediatrician & Chairperson of Positive Parenting.
Forgotten Baby Syndrome (Part 1) — Can A Campaign Help to Prevent Tragedies?

Forgotten Baby Syndrome (Part 1) — Can A Campaign Help to Prevent Tragedies?

Forgotten Baby Syndrome refers to a phenomenon in which young children are mistakenly left in vehicles. Research has found that over 25% of parents with children under 3 have lost awareness of the child being present in the car at some point during the drive. In light of recent deaths involving young children left in cars, is this an issue for policymakers to address? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Anfaal Saari, Selangor State Executive Council Member for Women & Family Empowerment, Welfare, and the Care Economy.
Forgotten Baby Syndrome (Part 3) — It Can Happen To Anyone

Forgotten Baby Syndrome (Part 3) — It Can Happen To Anyone

Forgotten Baby Syndrome refers to a phenomenon in which young children are mistakenly left in vehicles. Research has found that over 25% of parents with children under 3 have lost awareness of the child being present in the car at some point during the drive. In light of recent deaths involving young children left in cars, is this an issue for policymakers to address? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Professor Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail, Consultant Paediatrician & Chairperson of Positive Parenting.
Consider This: FINAS — Lights, Camera, Action Plan

Consider This: FINAS — Lights, Camera, Action Plan

2023 was a strong year for Malaysian cinema, with local films having gained attention and accolades on the international circuit. But what will 2024 hold for industry, the ecosystem, and Malaysian audiences? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Datuk Kamil Othman, Chairman of the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS). He was appointed to the role in 2023, having served previously as Director-General of FINAS from 2014 to 2016.
Consider This: Nuclear Energy - Watts Next?

Consider This: Nuclear Energy - Watts Next?

The Government says it has not ruled out the use of nuclear power to achieve Malaysia’s decarbonisation targets. What role, if any, should nuclear power have in Malaysia's energy transition plans? On this episode of #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Raja Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Raja Adnan, Principal Advisor to The eCEOs Sdn Bhd, a project management company with an interest in nuclear energy.

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Consider This: Universal Periodic Review — Reflections & Realities

Consider This: Universal Periodic Review — Reflections & Realities

Malaysia recently presented its national report of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. This is the Malaysian Government’s fourth self-review of its human rights record—previous reviews were in 2009, 2013 and 2018. How much progress has Malaysia made in its human rights record, and what areas demand increased attention to bridge the gap? On #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Jerald Joseph, Director of Pusat Komas, and Jernell Tan, Documentation & Monitoring Coordinator at Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM). Pusat Komas and Suaram co-leads the secretariat for Comango, which stands for The Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process.

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Consider This: Najib Razak’s Pardon (Part 3) — Could Najib Have a Political Renaissance?

Consider This: Najib Razak’s Pardon (Part 3) — Could Najib Have a Political Renaissance?

The Pardons Board has reduced the jail time of former prime minister Najib Razak’s from 12 years to six and his fine from RM210 million to RM50 million. What implications might this decision have? On #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to Arinah Najwa Ahmad Said, Director at the political risk consultancy, Bower Group Asia.
Consider This: Najib Razak’s Pardon (Part 2) — Jail Time Halved, Out Early On Good Behaviour?

Consider This: Najib Razak’s Pardon (Part 2) — Jail Time Halved, Out Early On Good Behaviour?

The Pardons Board has reduced the jail time of former prime minister Najib Razak’s from 12 years to six and his fine from RM210 million to RM50 million. What implications might this decision have? On #ConsiderThis Melisa Idris speaks to lawyer New Sin Yew.