Aliran retooling to stay relevant

From left: Sharaad Kuttan, me, and Brian Fernades

I was invited to BFM Radio to talk about Aliran and how it has evolved over the years and the challenges we face.

I must say the folks at BFM Radio – Sharaad Kuttan, Brian Fernandes and Shazana Mokhtar – were professional, friendly and on the ball. I hope one day the station’s coverage will expand from the Klang Valley to cover the whole country.

In the interview, I provided some insights into the history of Aliran and the effectiveness (or otherwise) of its outreach. Also touched on the changing landscape of media engagement, the strategies taken by Aliran to adapt its communication approach, and how it determines its editorial priorities

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Heng needs vlog feature to stay relevant to young readers instead of retooling page presentations???


Podcast could be another new venture, but keep it short.


New breed of Malaysians don’t read. They watch and listen in this gaming era. Furthermore, only older generations can read and understand English, so a big challenge for Anil not to take things easy.


They read but do not read critically


Not yet broken so need upgrading as preventive measure?

Mah HS

Money, lies and manipulation — the dark forces behind fake news

Read about Mirko Ceselkoski, who became known for schooling Macedonian youth in the business of fake news and clickbait articles after the 2016 US presidential election.


The Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (KIMMA) is against limiting the operating hours of mamak restaurants and 24-hour eateries to midnight as it may lead to acts of khalwat.

KIMMA says mamak restaurants provide a safe environment where boys and girls can mingle, hold study groups and discussion. Otherwise Muslim students may go to friend’s house with boys and girls mingling around, unchaperoned, situations that could lead to acts of khalwat (close proximity) and arrests by religious officers.


Mamaks restaurant s are retooling as a place for group study to stay relevant for 24 hour operation. But I believe the authority should retool and build 24-hour air conditioned study centre if indeed our youth are so hard working and need study and discuss school work late into the night.