I am digital media and journalism specialist based in Malaysia currently splitting my time between writing, lecturing at KDU University College and running my cross-media consultancy NICHE creative. I have recently returned from London where I graduated with distinction with a MA Digital Culture and Society, funded by the British Chevening Scholarship programme. My researched focussed on information flow and trust on social network sites.
Prior to my move to London in 2011, I spent the better part of the decade in print journalism, education and digital media. I have also been invited as a speaker and panelist at several events and conferences on journalism, blogging and social media.
In early 2011, I spent three months as a fellow at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University under the Asia Journalism Fellowship programme. My research paper was titled New(s) Alternative: Social media in Malaysia’s political landscape.
Until September 2011, I was editor of R.AGE, the youth platform for Malaysia’s largest English daily, The Star. I joined the newspaper in 2005 to start R.AGE and the team has won several awards since – the Malaysian AIDS Council Red Ribbon Award in 2008 and 2011 for Best in Print Journalism and the Asian Digital Media Awards in 2011 for Best in Social Media.
At The Star, I facilitated the BRATs young journalist programme and penned two columns, most notably the fortnightly The Bangsar Boy which ran for over five years. I still write my monthly column social media and digital culture called What The Tweet and my musings from London in Tale of Two Cities. In the lead up to the Olympic Games, I created the Olympic City column for The Star’s iPad edition, which ran weekly for three months.
In my spare time, I contribute to a various charitable causes, specifically HIV/AIDS and cancer awareness. I was also the part of the team that brought Twestival, a global fundraising movement, to Malaysia back in 2009 and have, since 2010, served the Twestival Global team as the Regional Coordinator for Asia.
I have a BA Media and Information, the final year of which was completed thanks to a scholarship from Curtin University of Technology in Australia. I spent an extra year there writing my thesis titled Malaysiakini.com: New(s) Media and Democracy in Malaysia for a BA (Hons) Internet Studies.
In 2009, I was named one of August Man magazine’s Men of the Year and the Martell VSOP Media Personality of the Year. A year later, I took first prize in the media category for the BLOG4FT competition organised by the Ministry of Federal Territories. I was also namedM2 Magazine’s Leading Men of 2010.
Previously, I was a regular on the weekly Malaysian podcast on social media and all things on the web called the Life On Line Show.
Besides my personal blog, you can find me active on Twitter and Facebook. Please contact me for an extended profile or CV.