Business radio station BFM 89.9 happily plays on the acronym of its radio brand. Each day BFM would be heard as Brilliant Financial Moves, Bribe Free Malaysian or Busy Finding Money. Or even seen on the back of car windscreens, Brake Faster Machai. There are countless. And their creativity even extends into Bahasa Malaysia when they claim Boleh Fikir Mendalam.
But For Me (that’s BlogTakes take), this doesn’t look like it had been subscribed to when five of its talk show announcers were reported to have stepped out of line on air. Riding on the then controversy on the ban of the use of Allah by non-Muslims, they went on air to deliberate the merits.
Muslim groups Malaysia Islamic Consumers Association (PPIM) and Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) were not amused. They lodged reports with the police regarding the BFM programmes that touched on Islam. The groups asked that the broadcasters be investigated for sedition.
The five announcers are Caroline Oh, Ezra Zaid, Patrick Teoh, Sharaad Kuttan, and Umapagan Ampikaipakan.
What depth and breath did they have on the topic to enlighten radio audiences? What line of thought was on their agenda? What was their point? Just exactly what did these five do to have agitated? Did they not realise that matters of Islam in Malaysia are the perogative of the Sultans?
In the police report, the groups said that the five presenters had separately asked questions and made statements that were sensitive to Muslims. The groups took issue with the range of topics discussed that included the ban on the use of Allah by non-Muslims, the wearing of headscarfs by Muslim women and the consumption of “halal” meat.
Deputy Kuala Lumpur CID Chief Assistant Commissioner Khairi Ahrasa in a Malaysian Insider post, confirmed the police reports and said investigations were now underway under Section 505(c) of the Penal Code for inciting or stirring up prejudicial feelings.