Welcome to GOSSIP!

KRYSS Network’s very own podcast where alternative perspectives make sense. Join our monthly conversations as we unpack our local state of affairs with a gender lens, and of course, a dose of fun!

Latest Episode

Episode 7: Gender-Responsive Budgeting


“Growing up, alternative perspectives never make sense to me.”

– One of KRYSS’s Members during an Internal Meeting

Oftentimes when we hear dissenting viewpoints, our immediate response is to become dismissive as we are entrapped in our own biases. We created GOSSIP with an aim to build spaces where we can engage in a dialogue, shining a light on perspectives that are not normally found or frequently talked about in the mainstream scope, especially when it comes to analysing issues from a gender lens.

We believe by generating dynamic democratic discussions we can collectively broaden our understanding, knowledge, and attitudes about the workings of the world and the social issues plaguing our country.

So join us and feel free to leave a comment/ message or two to unpack with us on our monthly conversations as we work together to foster a healthy political conversation climate in our community.

(PS. We chose the name ‘GOSSIP’ because it has always been negatively associated with women dishing other people’s personal and private affairs behind their backs when back in the days, gossiping was simply a manner for close friends or siblings to communicate in order to form bonds and express affection. It was also discovered to be therapeutic for women who were asked to stay at home all day.

You can read more about the word’s interesting history here.)

More Episodes

Episode 1: Gender and Media

Host: Angela M. Kuga Thas Featuring Guest Speakers: Wathshlah Naidu, Executive Director of Centre for Independent Journalism & Zurairi, Assistant News Editor for The Malay Mail Malaysia’s media has a lengthy history of being silenced, most notably through the employment of repressive laws, printing license control, and media ownership restrictions. While digitalization has allowed for…

Episode 2: Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value

Host: Angela M. Kuga Thas Featuring Guest Speakers: Nur Thuraya Sazali and Siti Aiysyah Tumin, Researchers with Khazanah Research Institute & Chong Yee Shan, a member of the central committee of Parti Sosialis Malaysia and works with the National Union of Workers in Hospital Support and Allied Services (NUWHSAS) for better labor rights Most people…

Episode 3: Online Gender-Based Violence

Host: Angela M. Kuga Thas Featuring Guest Speakers: Jamaliah Jamaluddin, State Assemblyperson for Bandar Utama Selangor Vice Chief for DAP Youth Socialist (DAPSY) & Alia Affendy, Activist, Feminist, Legal Practitioner Often wrongly argued as part and parcel of “freedom of expression”, online gender-based violence is the systemic tool used in denying the lived realities, identities,…

Episode 4: Women and Girls’ Bodily Autonomy

Host: Angela M. Kuga Thas Featuring Guest Speakers: Student and TikTok Creator, Mei & GoodKids Malaysia’s Communication and Media Officer as well as emerging Spoken Word Artist, Kasthury Paramiswaran Despite the many forms of successes in advancing women’s rights and gender equality that has been achieved by the women’s rights movement, bodily autonomy still remains…

Episode 5: Future of Work (Part One)

Host: Angela M. Kuga Thas Featuring Guest Speakers: Mastura M. Rashid, Strategist from IMPACT Malaysia & Joseph Boo, Treasurer from Persatuan Kebajikan Pekerja Industri Ehailing Malaysia (PKEH) Digitalization and globalization have resulted in significant changes in our way of life and work. For some, this has meant significant improvements in productivity and efficiency. For others,…

Episode 6: Future of Work (Part Two)

Host: Angela M. Kuga Thas Featuring Guest Speakers: Rachel Gong and Siti Aiysyah Tumin, Researchers from Khazanah Research Institute Year by year, we have seen an increased need to jump onto the digital economy bandwagon in order for businesses to survive and for people to continue their bread and butter lives. This is shown beyond…

Episode 7: Gender-Responsive Budgeting

Host: Angela M. Kuga Thas Featuring Guest Speakers: Omna Sreeni-Ong, Founder & Principal Consultant from ENGENDER Consultancy, and Sri Murniati Yusuf, Deputy Research Director from IDEAS Malaysia The national budget, every year, is a contentious topic for some citizens, primarily the discriminatory allocation of funds in certain departments. But beyond that, it is alarming that…

Episode 8: Internet Access From a Gender Lens

Host: Angela M. Kuga Thas Featuring Guest Speakers: Freeda Jane Madius, Research Manager from WISDOM Foundation, and Mastura M. Rashid, Strategist from Impact Malaysia There’s no denying that access to the internet has become essential in our daily lives. Thanks to technology, we are now able to work, shop, communicate and acquire important services remotely…

Episode 9: Riding Social Media Algorithms

Host: Angela M. Kuga Thas Featuring Guest Speakers: Ratna, Fat Liberationist and Syar S. Alia, Activist and Writer As a virtual public space, social media has been harnessed by activists to call out patriarchal norms, share rights-based gender content, and build movements for change. It has been regarded as an empowering space for feminist activism.…