Radio Free Malaysia is being operated by the same people behind anti-Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud radio station Radio Free Sarawak.

RFM broadcasts from 9pm to 11pm nightly in Malay.

  • Tune in on 1359 kHz
  • Daily 21.00-23.00

Radio Free Malaysia / On 1359 kHz and online



It is also happening to The Malaysian Insider and Free Malaysia Today.

Kuching: 11 April 2013 18:17 London: 11 April 2013 11:17


Kill The Messenger!

10 Apr 2013

BN are persisting in their childish attempts to shut up criticism by attacking this website and also the websites of Radio Free Sarawak and Radio Free Malaysia.

They are also jamming the broadcasts of the two radio stations, but with patchy success.

Although the three websites have been hit hard and repeatedly by so-called DDOS (Distributed Denial Of Service) attacks, these attacks are being successfully countered by our systems.

Red line indicates malignant traffic.

Our web managers have identified attacks being distributed through the United States and elsewhere. Which indicates that a great deal of money and preparation has been put into trying to shut up our voice during what is supposed to be a free and fair, democratic election.

What are they so frightened you will read and hear?

Other independent news providers in Malaysia are also being attacked. The Malaysian Insider and Free Malaysia Today appear to be among the targets, as they are taking similar evasive action.

The attacks were entirely expected, because BN has a long record of trying to silence and disable independent media in this fashion, particularly during elections.

Under DDOS attack!

Malaysia’s ruling party appears to have no confidence in its ability to withstand any sort of independent scrutiny or criticism, preferring rather to shut it up by illegal and clumsy means, such as this much trumpeted “cyber-warfare”.

We wonder which stories they fear most getting out to electors? Is it the evidence of massive corruption on the part of ministers and their flunkeys, who are seeking re-election?

Is it unflattering analysis of their policies and questions over how such an oil rich country still manages to be largely under-developed and be home to so many poor people, while UMNO party members are buying up half London at the same time?

Or is that they need to silence information channels which might be able to report the conduct of massive election bribes and ballot rigging over the coming period?

We suspect that all of these motivations are at play and we suggest that these motives are as transparent to the people of Malaysia as they are to us.

Our broadcasts have been reaching the rural population of Sarawak and BN are clearly frightened.

BN are clearly so bewildered and stuck that they will keep on desperately trying to shut up the independent voices of Malaysia, like a feeble old man swatting at a cloud of flies, because they don’t know what else to do.

If they had wits and a clear conscience they would settle down to the debate and answer back the criticisms. They would bring forward their policies and defeat their opponents in a fair discussion, like adult democrats.

But the truth is that BN are without this confidence that they can win the debate. And they don’t have a clear conscience or the ability to deny the overwhelming evidence of corruption by their party for the past 50 years.

Their attacks on their critics are the clearest signal possible that they don’t have the answers and they don’t have the confidence to fight by fair means.



Critical radio stations hit on all fronts ahead of GE13

London-based Radio Free Sarawak and Radio Free Malaysia have been jammed and their online portals inaccessible after being heavily hit by distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks.

“There have also been attempts at broadcast interference on both radio stations by jamming from different parts of the world over the past few days.

“These have had limited success so far and we have been working on tracing the perpetrators,” the founder of the stations, Clare Rewcastle-Brown, said when contacted.

This, she said, was on top of coordinated DDOS attacks on their respective online portals the whole of yesterday.

“We got them up, but they kept up the attacks, which came from all over, it appears, but mainly from the US and Malaysia, and our servers had to close down,” she said.

Furthermore, the stations’ affiliated whistleblower porta, Sarawak Report, has similarly come under attack but it is still holding for now, Rewcastle-Brown said.

Critical radio stations hit on all fronts ahead of GE13



Singer Yasin called in by MCMC over RFM broadcasts

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has called in award-winning singer and composer Yasin Sulaiman yesterday as a witnesss in their investigation of pirate radio station Radio Free Malaysia (RFM), which allegedly breached Malaysia’s broadcasting rules by not applying for a licence prior to its broadcasts.

Yasin’s lawyer Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said that his client had appeared as a guest on the clandestine radio station which operates from London, on his pro-opposition song ‘Reformasi’.

NONEShamsul Iskandar, who is also PKR Youth leader, said that he is still in the dark over why Yasin (right) was called in.

“He (Yasin) was called in by MCMC (yesterday) to assist investigations into a report against RFM.

“Because of the interview, he was called in as a witness. I think there is a possibility that MCMC will take action against the radio station as it is operating without a broadcast licence,” he told Malaysiakini yesterday.

Singer Yasin called in by MCMC over RFM broadcasts


April 1, 2013

Neutrality is NOT an option!

Radio Free Malaysia is now into its second week and tonight we bring you more stories from activists, politicians and the rakyat.
Hear cartoonist Zunar’s progression from hobbyist to satirical artist – he describes how a childhood talent turned into his job, and eventually, his political responsibility. His inspiring story at this critical juncture of history reminds
us all that we must not remain neutral – and that the hottest circle of hell is reserved for those who do not speak out against injustice.
Another sterling figure against injustice is PAS MP Khalid Samad, calls on voters to exercise their right on polling day as a way to defeat phantom voters. He also reviews Pakatan Rakyat’s charge into Johor.
What too of BN’s sudden un-freezing of taxi permit applications? After three years? And why now? RFM discusses the BN’s conditional offers and compares them with Pakatan’s holistic offer.
Also not to be missed is Part Two of our interview with author Asree Sulug on the saga of the Sulu Sultanate, which illuminates how the present power-grab for the throne came about. Tune in for answers to why the Sulus have never been colonised when almost all of the present Southeast Asian countries have been colonised at some point in history. Understanding how they have fought in the past sheds light on how they will continue to fight today and in the future.
We talk to PKR MP Johari Abdul about the establishment of an Advisory Security Council for Citizens, with membership consisting of politicians and experts in their fields, especially from the Armed Forces.

March 31, 2013

Best of the week

Our Sunday show compiles the highlights of the week that deserve another airing. So if you’ve missed our interviews with the top three Pakatan Rakyat leaders, here’s another chance to hear what they spoke to us about.

Also unmissable – economic insights by PKR’s Strategy Director Rafizi Ramli, and little-known facts about FELDA by Mazlan Aliman, president of the National Association of FELDA Settlers’ Children.

And with the highly anticipated general election coming up (yes, it will – eventually!), Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh of MAFREL (Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections) calls out for volunteers to join Bersih’s monitoring project as something concerned citizens can do protect the sanctity of their vote.

March 31, 2013

Pakatan rule of Selangor – how has it fared?

Sure, the Selangor government under Pakatan Rakyat governance has performed well in democratic progress and economic performance as can be seen in the revival of local government elections in new villages at least, a historic first in a Freedom of Information Enactment, and the highest ever revenue in 28 years; but how have ordinary Selangorians benefited from their five-year governance? We ask former insider, Tricia Yeoh, who was research officer to the Selangor Menteri Besar’s office and is now research director with Institut Rakyat, a PKR-affiliated think tank.

Trafficking of persons is a serious problem in Malaysia, known to be a mostly destination country. Lawyer Latheefa Koya tells us the recourse for victims and how the authorities must step up to ensure successful prosecution that can help put a stop to this shameful practice.

Following the recent occupation of Lahad Datu by a small group of Sulus, questions abound among many Malaysians as to who they are and why do they think they have a claim to Sabah. Asree Sulug, author of Tausug dan Kesultanan Sulu (Tausug and the Sulu Sultanate), explains at length.

Today’s must-listen is our interview with another rarely-heard voice on the airwaves: veteran politician Lim Kit Siang broaches a whole range of issues from accusations of him being anti-development to the lack of Malay support for his party, DAP, and his risky move to contest in Gelang Patah, Johor, which will be his 11th election outing!

March 29, 2013

The wisdom of poster printers

While the Prime Minister continues dithering on election dates, we have learnt that even the poster printers are now preparing for a Barisan Nasional defeat! The printers, whose revenue skyrockets during election seasons, are now demanding BN to pay in full and in cash terms BEFORE carrying out the transactions…

Tony Pua, the Petaling Jaya Utara MP, was a successful entrepreneur before entering politics full time. Last year, he was ordered by the High Court to pay RM200,000 to SYABAS for defamation. However, two days ago, the decision was overruled unanimously by a three-judge panel at the Court of Appeal. We ask Pua how he views this victory.

Our Prime Minister took over from Shahrizat Abdul Jalil as the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development after her ungracious exit following the Cowgate scandal. Have Malaysian women fared better under his leadership? Lawyer Hajah Mumtaz Jaafar, a former two-term Senator and a PAS leader, shares her thoughts on how political change can bring progress to women’s development in this country.

He was detained. He was sued. He was chased away like a stray dog. All because he is trying to reach out to the rural FELDA settlers and spread the word for change. Tune in to find out why Mazlan Aliman, the President of ANAK, is undeterred in his fight for the betterment of rural Malays.

We also speak to Dr Halimah Ali on her portfolio as Selangor Exco of education, higher education and human capital development.

March 28, 2013

Keep calm and carry on!

Political violence is increasingly common and PAS Deputy President Mohamad Sabu says it is being encouraged by no less than the Home Minister himself. But the Federal Opposition parties will not react in kind to the thugs hired by UMNO, he says, because that would be exactly what UMNO wanted. He urges people to keep calm and carry on until polling day in the face of provocation from UMNO and PERKASA. He also talks about the severe lack of information on the Lahad Datu incident.

Our presenters discuss more highlights of the Pakatan Rakyat Manifesto: The People’s Government; the reforming of Islamic and religious institutions; media freedom; and, crucially, free and fair elections!

In our Pakatan State Segment, we ask the Special Assistant to the chief Minister of Kedah, Uztaz Musoddaq Ahmad, on the achievements and progress of the state.

Hear what the president of Persatuan Anak Peneroka (ANAK) Mazlan Aliman has to say about fighting for the rights of our future generations of FELDA settlers in our Fokus 13 segment. Ustaz Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi, the youth leader of PAS, adds that the future of our country is in the hands of the youth and the need for anti-monopoly policies.

Want to get a glimpse of what it’s like to fight BN for 40 years? Check out today’s Personality: DAP Parliament Leader Lim Kit Siang.

We managed to get a recording of PAS MP Khalid Samad’s press conference on the upcoming Save Malaysia Special Prayers Session and Lahad Datu forum. Former high-ranking officers from the Armed Forces will be speaking at the Sunday event!

March 27, 2013

At long last – a legislative dissolution!

The Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly dissolves automatically at midnight today – a first in the history of our parliamentary democracy! The state’s Opposition Leader Anthony Loke gives his take on this, but is not hopeful that the BN state government will assume the role of a caretaker from today onwards.

March 26, 2013

Will Pakatan Rakyat’s Manifesto drag us into bankruptcy?

After a very successful first broadcast – so successful that we were attacked by efforts to bring down our site – RFM is pleased to bring you its second broadcast.

Is the Pakatan Rakyat Manifesto too good to be true? Rafizi Ramli, who needs little introduction, actually played a major role in preparing the Manifesto.  He tells RFM the ringgit and cents behind the Manifesto and how it is just not a figure plucked from the sky, and why Najib’s giving direct license to taxi drivers was at best, a copycat gesture.

March 26, 2013

Some advice for Radio Listeners

A bit of advice for radio listeners – we have been alerted to some problems with the reception and quality of the sound with MW radio, so hopefully these tips will help you get the most out of RFM’s shows.

Static on Medium Wave does exist in cities and sometimes comes from household equipment such as lighting (some types of light bulb). Try turning off some lights in the room and see if the noise disappears.

The main thing about MW reception is that the aerial is usually inside the set and is very directional – so if you turn the set you can maximise the signal.

Some types of glass in windows that contain metal reduce the strength of medium wave signals so try putting the radio right up to a window, or opening the window a little.

Operate MW radios well away from computers, TV sets, phones and Internet cables as these can create unwanted background noise.

Happy listening!

March 25, 2013

New Malay radio station debuts today!

Radio Free Malaysia, an offshoot of the famous Radio Free Sarawak, makes our debut today with an exclusive interview with the most censored and maligned politician in the mainstream media (no prizes for guessing who!).

As you can tell from there, we aim to feature issues and people of public interest who don’t get the airtime they deserve.

Hence, we will be dissecting the Pakatan Rakyat Manifesto every day – because there’s so much in it that the people should know about but is not extensively discussed in the public arena.

To kick it off, we have PAS’ Dr Dzulkefli Ahmad, who was part of the drafting team for the Manifesto, to explain that it is not a Santa Claus! Tune in to find out what it is, instead.



Press release: Sunday 24th March 2013.. remember 9pm-11pm [AB]

Radio Free Malaysia to start broadcasting on Monday with the Anwar Ibrahim interview the authorities tried to ban

Malaysia’s newest independent radio station begins broadcasting on Monday night. Radio Free Malaysia will be available on Medium Wave at 1359kHz each night between 9pm and 11pm local Malaysia time.

The highlight of the first show will be a full-length exclusive interview with the PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim, who, like other opposition figures, has been largely excluded from Malaysia’s mainstream media so far.

“A separate team has come together to run this show and their remit is to provide two hours a day of the sort of programming that people have been unable to find on any other mainstream radio or TV in Malaysia”, says Rewcastle Brown. “Just a few days ago one independent station was forced to withdraw an interview with Anwar Ibrahim from broadcast owing to political pressures [ We do not intend to be bullied in this way and now we can bring people the interview that the authorities have tried to ban”.

Radio Free Malaysia (RFM)
AM/MW 1359 kHz, 2100-2300 nightly
Toll free number: 1-800-815-309



Radio Free Malaysia website under attack
  11:04PM Mar 25, 2013

Radio Free Malaysia launched was tonight on MW1359 kHz. However its online site, which was already under enormous pressure owing to widespread interest, came under immediate cyber-attack.

The Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks began around the time the programme went on air and were presumably aiming at preventing people from downloading the online podcasts of the show, the radio station said in a statement tonight.

The DDOS attacks slow down the operation of a site for users.

Radio Free Malaysia said its investigations show that the attacks originated from Kuala Lumpur and “bore a striking resemblance to similar attacks on the website Sarawak Report last week”.

Radio Free Malaysia website under attack



New station to break radio silence on Anwar
  12:59PM Mar 25, 2013  

A new independent free to air radio station will kick off its maiden broadcast with a full-length interview with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim tonight.

Radio Free Malaysia (RFM), a sister station of the London-based underground shortwave Radio Free Sarawak, starts broadcasting at 9pm tonight on medium wave (MW) 1,359kHz.

anwar ceramah in johor bharu live streaming 230313The station plans to broadcast from 9pm to 11pm daily in Bahasa Malaysia.

PKR said the interview was “groundbreaking” as “most Malaysians have not heard Anwar on radio since his removal from government in 1998″.

“While Malaysians wait for Parliament to dissolve and a general election to occur, they can listen to the views and thoughts of Pakatan leaders, and decide for themselves what ideas are best for Malaysia for the coming years,” said PKR in a statement from Anwar’s office.

Earlier this month, Anwar’s interview with business station BFM was not aired due to the Klang Valley station’s concerns that the authorities would not permit it.

It was instead only distributed as a podcast via its website.


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