Malaysian radio station BFM89.9 has addressed the recent allegations of sexual harassment with a statement on its Facebook and Twitter account. Founder Malek Ali said that currently the station is "unable to confirm any of the situations described" in the anonymous email which recently surfaced. He added that the company is committed to providing a safe environment in which all members of our community can work without fear and threat of sexual harassment.
"We take all allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct seriously. Internal investigations are initiated whenever an allegation is made. Our practice has been to offer employees discretion and fairness, and we take action when we learn of unacceptable behaviour," he said in the statement.
Malek said that as an added precaution, BFM is also reviewing its reporting mechanisms to ensure "continued access to safe channels" for such serious matters to be escalated and dealt with. The station will continue to seek out ways to improve its workplace to support and protect individuals who come forward with information or allegations about misconduct.
The statement was released after an anonymous email emerged in the media which alleged that no action was taken by the management despite them learning of the sexual harassment occurring at the station.
BFM is an independent radio station which is focused on business news and current affairs. The past year saw the station marketing its 10th anniversary by moving to brand new studios in Kuala Lumpur, from its previous base in Selangor. Currently, programmes on BFM span across marketing, finance, technology and business productivity.
It was also the leader in A+M's radio broadcaster of the year rankings. The past 12 months saw the station continuing to receive the support of various brands. This includes U Mobile which sponsored the station’s flagship business show, The Breakfast Grille, Sunway Medical; which collaborated with the station on content co-creation. It also brought on board Maxis as a co-sponsor for ROCKS and Enterprise Breakaway. Meanwhile, Mercedes Benz came on board BFM’s EQ Electric Intelligence event for the BFM Community.