Look: Hyrul Anuar in Sinar Lebaran


Hyrul Anuar uploads a backstage shot of the taping of Sinar Lebaran, MediaCorp Suria’s annual Raya eve concert. Looks like Suria serves up their best this year with Anugerah and Singapore Idol alumni putting on a show. Wait a minute, who is that between Hyrul and Sezairi?


Read: How The MediaCorp Malay Division Merger Can Be Good News For Us


A few days ago, we shared an announcement made by the government-owned broadcasting corporation that the 3 Malay media units are joining to become one single force to be reckoned with. But before we get to see any positive changes to how our community is fed with news, information and entertainment, let’s imagine how this merger can be great both for the corporation and us, the consumers! Here’s our first ever #5Things post.

1. Radio On TV Part 1: Ria’s Long-Running Chart Show Will Finally Get its Own TV Show
Ria Chartz is unheard of to the age-group that it should be targeted to. That is because young Twitter-driven teenagers do not listen to radio. They do not even watch TV! But their favourite artistes and their favourite songs might help change this. Practised around the world, a partnership with local offices of Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Life Records and little, lesser known labels will ensure up-to-date hits get played on radio, and fans can get in on the action (tweeting, live voting, hashtagging) to make sure their favourite artistes stay on top of the charts at the end of the week when a Ria DJ announces it on, you guessed it, live TV. If Black Eyed Peas can stay more than a year on the weekly charts, and have up to 3 singles on the year’s Top 100 in the US, Hady Mirza, Sezairi and Hyrul Anuar can achieve the same, if given the chance. How about CD/MP3 giveaways? Concert tickets give-aways ai mai?

2. Radio on TV Part 2: More DJs on TV!
In the case Suria still can only broadcast in the late afternoon daily, now they can not only “show” the audio on TV, but they can broadcast it live. It is not uncommon that radio announcers such as Fiza O, Nity Baizura and Nona Kirana are seen on Malay television regularly so we don’t see the harm to putting a static camera on-site in the radio studios and literally, put on a show. Web crawlers with Malay headlines and even allow pay-per-SMS for dedications on a right hand column that are so popular with the Malay community during Suria’s live TV shows. Oh yes, we all know this too well, the love stories and emotional issues and that drives Fiza O’s “Girlfriend” and “The O Show” are the stuff that makes television. Give her a TV talk-show already! (And don’t kill it after 13 episodes like most Suria series do!)

3. Better Advertising:
The merger sets off a wake-up call for Malay-language or Malay-targeted advertising. Where we have heard “minyak kapak” ads on radio for a long time, and saw plentiful 80’s-styled property ads on TV propelling the real estate industry into campiness, the division sure came at a right time to bring about better advertising standards; reach out to better clientele, and can now reach out to a bigger audience simultaneously. How come only property agents advertise anyway? What about the real needs and wants of the Malay community? It holds such a big potential to reach out to our people who are always willing to try new things. MediaCorp has the power to make brands that don’t available here to become popular here! Forget about First Lady and Golden Chance already, bring the Malaysian Halal market here and the international health, beauty and leisure products. The possibilities are endless. “You never know when you need it!”

4. New Faces (And New Voices):
Before Dzar Ismail, can you name just one new radio announcer on Malay radio? Just one. Nope. It is because Ria and Warna have exchanged vocalists amongst each other for the longest time and not often take in fresh new blood, despite having a Radio Academy and Suria have had a string of reality programs that spawned at least 100 new names in the past decade. (Malaysia’s media giant, Astro, turns Akademi Fantasia (and Malaysian Idol) finalists into announcers for their radios since year 1; did you know Nana Mahazan, Adifashla, Reza Mohamad, Dina Nadzir were all singers before they became DJs?) Just saying, we could use a few new voices on radio, every now and then, just to spice things up. And with this division happening, better get them to look TV-friendly too.

5. A Partnership with Printed Press:
We don’t know how Manja comes in, in all of this, coming from MediaCorp Publishing. But just for the sake of it, bring Manja into the picture, the more the merrier. So that Ria Chartz doesn’t only get a TV show but also an updated listing on the magazine, current TV show stars are featured on the covers and no longer Siti Nurhaliza (again and again), and get the radio announcers on Warna who speak, literally all day, about health and lifestyle, to write! This is only natural. If only this merger can also extend a helping hand to Berita Harian (owned by Singapore Press Holdings), only then, can a true dynamism and synergy in Malay entertainment be achieved, with updated TV listings, different actors interviewed about their craft (and not their clothes) every other day, and definitely fresher news that appear on both on TV and in the papers on the same day. When Ria, Warna, and Suria read headlines from Berita Harian, it shouldn’t be called “keratan dari akhbar tempatan” anymore. It should be “keratan dari Berita Harian“. It is not a conflict of interest if the objective is the same. It is the 21st century after all. If TV3 and Astro can mention each other and mention unrelated print press on a daily basis, why not us, with the smaller Malay audience?

One can only wish!


Watch: Behind The Scenes: #LionsXII Hari Raya Greeting

The LionsXII have made the country proud and they are seen in this behind-the-scenes video uploaded by MediaCorp Suria’s Instagram account.  Tune in to Suria this Raya to catch the actual video.

The Raya song used in this video is “Bersama Di Hari Raya” by YouTube phenom, Ainan Tasnim.

News: Suria, Ria & Warna Merges To Form MediaCorp Malay Broadcasting Division

We were expecting trailers from the Rentak Komedi 2013 as the DVD release is ready for purchase as tweeted by radio announcer, Aura Shai, on her Twitter account earlier today. But little did we expect this piece of news. Suria, Ria and Warna merges to one division under MediaCorp, it says so on the snapshot of a press release hand in Aura Shai’s hands as she posted it later onto her Twitter account. Great news, yes? What does it mean? You be the judge of it. The letter reads:

“MediaCorp announces key management and structural changes to better align itself to changing business needs. As part of the changes, TV channel MediaCorp Suria as well as radio stations Warna 94.2FM and Ria 89.7FM will be merged to form the Malay Broadcast Division and will now come under Zakiah Halim, in her new role as Senior Vice President of Malay Broadcast Division. The new organizational structure respond to the diverse needs of our customers more effectively.

Zakiah Halim who has over 28 years of experience in broadcasting adds “With this new combined structures, it will definitely provide a compelling 360° content experiences that cater to the needs and lifestyles of our consumers in this digital age. We will build on our production and multi-platform capabilities to yield efficiencies and synergies that will ultimately benefit our audience and partners.”

Also with this change, Suhaimi Jais who has led Suria for more than 6 years will join MediaCorp Studios to drive government-to-government projects.

Issued by MediaCorp Suria, Warna & Ria.”

Are you ready for it? What about Manja Magazine?

TV: “Serunding” on MediaCorp Suria 8 August

Actor and host Khairudin Samsudin posts an Instagram the official poster for ‘Serunding’ a Raya morning special that stars him with his peers, Haryani Othman, Era Farida, Izad Yusof. We are hoping for a trailer! It airs 10am on MediaCorp Suria on the first day of Raya on the 8th August.

Terus Gemilang Starts 11 June on Suria

Episode 1 starts with the husky-voiced legend, Salamiah Hassan. Maybe some of you younger folks might know her as Atilia’s mom.  Set a date with her on the 11th June 2013 at 830pm on MediaCorp Channel Suria and use #TerusGemilang on Twitter. 


Meet Dee Kosh, The Other Final 1 Judge

Dee Kosh ‘judges’ and reviews Singapore’s newest singing competition ‘The Final One’ on this episode of Hot and Juicy. How does the debut episode of this reality TV show fare in the eyes of this 987 Radio DJ?

4 Malay/Muslims Out of The Final 1

TheFinal1 Melayu

You watched it? The tweets went crazy with two words; Taufik Batisah and Harris Baba. But our focus right here is that we’re sad a few ‘Abang Melayu’ are out! FOUR to be exact! Hakim, Khairul Asanullah, Ryan Sufiyan and Zulkarnain Kamy officially didn’t make it into Top 40 today. It’s OK, geng! Rezeki mana mana boleh di cari!

The Final 1 comes back on TV next Wednesday at 8pm, and Results out at 10pm.

MasterChef Selebriti Malaysia on SingTel Mio TV Starting 6 May


Guess what? SingTel Mio TV is going to show the 2nd season of MasterChef Selebriti Malaysia starting this 6th May. We thought it was quite the tragedy that MediaCorp Suria is showing the 1st season NOW that the 2nd season is on. What.. why?

That means now makcik-makcik who love both Dato’ Fazley Yaakob (Spoiler Alert: He’s the winner of the 1st season) and one of the participants of Season 2, Rozita Che Wan amongst many, got to catch it both the shows Saturday & Sunday on MediaCorp Suria, and Mondays on SingTel Mio TV’s Astro Ria) . We got more scoop here, wait up for updates!

For more information on SingTel Mio TV, please visit: http://mio.singtel.com/miotv

All The Malay/Muslim Folk in The Final 1 Singing Competition

Yes, you read that right. We are going to highlight ONLY the Malay minority in the Final 1; Channel 5’s latest talent-scouting program airing in 2 days. Last Malay folk standing will be OUR winner! Let’s get to know who’s up against each other, shall we?

21 year old Danial Razak whose cover videos have been shared by The Script and Hot Chelle Rae themselves.

21 year old Farah Erfina wants you to know if she’s smiling in the bus, she’s listening to TaeYang.

Victoria JC’s 18 year old Farisha Ishak is ready to win your heart.

Hakim, 20 years old, recently appeared on Fiza O’s Muzik Arena. So dah ada head-start sikit…

We were not sure dia Melayu ke tak, tapi dia Muslim lah geng! 21 year old Harris Baba.
Subang telinga tu kena buka k nanti kalau Suria panggil buat show Raya.

Hariz Maloy (Mohammad Hariz bin Imran Maloy), 19 year old, looks like Australian Idol, Guy Sebastian kan?

Fathin Amira from Singapore Idol 3 dons the turban and is ready to rock you!
Ni yang anak Zubir Abdullah ni. Bagus dia tau! 


18 year old adik cantik Hashy Yusof has big potential!

You ingat dia tak?
Hydir Idris from MediaCorp Suria’s Anugerah 2009 all grown up!

Kamsani Jumahat, also from Top 20 MediaCorp Suria’s Anugerah 2009, is 22 years old. 

Kassandra Dewi Sulastri macam familiar je!! Her profile says she’s a full time performer, she should know her goods.

26 year old Abg Berg Khairul Asan’ullah takda online profile eh?

18 year old Maggie Syazana with a name you can’t forget! 

20 year old Mohamed Amirul -your Twitter username kena senang sikit tau! Who knows you might go a long way in the show!

22 year old Sufie Rashid has made his rounds in the Malay singing contest circuit.


31 year old Ryan Sufiyan is officially the eldest Abang Melayu in the show! 

Show won’t be complete without Kakak Melayu 28 year old Zarinah Bahtiar with hoop earrings and all. 
Last but not least, cutie pie here, 18 year old Zulkarnain Kamy!

Not bad eh, ada 18 orang Melayu-Islam (termasuk Indian-Muslim k?) All the images were conveniently taken off The Final 1 microsite because to use their selfies on their Twitter profile just won’t do it. Sorry, kalau kita ter-miss any other orang kita from the lot. We wish you good luck! Belajar cakap Melayu yang betul tau, it will come in handy when you win!

Use #TheFinal1SG on Twitter when you watch the premiere tomorrow 24 April 2013 on MediaCorp Channel 5 at 8pm. Tweet to us your favourite!