Melisa Idris

Melisa Idris is the host of ‘The Morning Run’, the morning drive-time show for BFM89.9, Malaysia’s only independent radio station. As a host, she facilitates discussion and debate about issues in finance, the economy, and governance. Her fascination with news media began when she was attached to the Media & Foreign Newswires Division in the Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA). She later joined a leading Islamic finance publication as publishing manager and editorial coordinator. Her passion for socio-economic affairs eventually brought her to BFM’s doorstep, and in 2011 she joined the station, sharing a common goal of building a better Malaysia by championing rational, evidence-based discourse as a key element of good policy decisions.

My Sessions

The Minority Report

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While Malaysia grants equal civic and constitutional rights to its minorities, the implementation of these rights still remains an uphill challenge. Those in indigenous communities, religious minorities, and the LGBT have become so vulnerable to social, economic, and political discrimination that it is now untenable for them to safeguard even their basic human and civic […]


Kasi Viral: The Spread of Racial Disinformation in Malaysia

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Journalism Campus Panels

According to the Digital News Report 2017, Malaysia tops the world rankings for WhatsApp usage. How many WhatsApp groups are you in? How many times have you read a message that made you feel outraged or smug? How many times have you forwarded that message? The spread of fake news and disinformation in Malaysia are […]