• Niki

“Are we wrong in wanting a better Malaysia, even if it differs from what some of us think it should be?”

About Me

Niki Cheong writes on socio-cultural issues and lectures in the areas of media, power and politics. From Oct 2015, he will embark on his PhD studies at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. His research interest lies at the intersection of media, politics and digital culture. Niki also strongly advocates for freedom of speech and on digital rights issues.

Currently, Niki is working on the third edition of his storytelling project, riding on the success of 50x50 My Malaysia in 2013 and LimaPuluhTujuh in 2014, aimed at bringing Malaysians together. He is also passionate about the impact of digital culture on society, and has been featured on the BBC, Al Jazeera, Dutch-daily Trouw and MTV Asia, among others.

Click here for Niki’s full profile or check out some of his milestones below.


Lecturing (full semester and guest lectures) at undergraduate and Master’s level in media, politics, culture and digital media

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Scholarship alumni (2011)

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Temasek Foundations’ Asia Journalism Fellowship alumni (2013)

Social Projects

Projects with RandomAlphabets include Tali Tenang, UNICEF Get on Board and #SayaMahuPicnic

Youth development and life skill projects with refugee and underprivileged children as well as youths in prison

Country lead for Twestival KL, which has raised almost RM100,000 to date

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Appearing on the BBC, Astro Awani, NTV7 and BFM discussing digital culture and social media issues, including Internet rights concerns

Addressed social issues in Malaysia through columns such as The Star’s The Bangsar Boy and Esquire magazine’s One Thousand Words About Our Culture



Former editor of The Star’s youth platform R.AGE, which has won among others an Asian Digital Media Award and Wan-Ifra World Young Readers Prize – Editorial

Facilitated The Star’s young journalist programme BRATS, equipping 16- to 19-year-old teenagers with journalism skills

Published in numerous magazines including Esquire, August Man, NewMan and Going Places.



  • The Bangsar Boy

    The Bangsar Boy

    Fortnightly column in The Star, taking on topics of local interest and social issues. First article published in 2005.
  • ReWired


    ReWired was a column which ran from 2012 to 2013, tackling issues on digital culture's impact on society.
  • The Star

    The Star

    A collection of my past articles published in The Star, excluding those written for columns featured.
  • Esquire


    Some writings from the One Thousand Words About Our Culture section.
  • What The Tweet

    What The Tweet

    What The Tweet was a column focusing on social media for youth platform R.AGE which ran for several years.
  • Going Places

    Going Places

    A collection of my articles from Going Places, the in-flight magazine for Malaysia Airlines.
  • Olympic City

    Olympic City

    Capturing the vibe of London in the weeks heading into the Olympic Games period in 2012.
  • A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    In 2012/13, co-authored this column with others focussing on the different cities we were living in.

“My Malaysian story is all your stories put together.”

#My57 #50x50My


Get in touch – brickbats, bouquets and bookings – via the social network sites linked or fill in the form below.

All these amazing videos by Celine Dion. Each time, one word comes to mind: Freedom. Where was this Celine before? https://t.co/iFqe6wXxoz
Woke up to this. Heartbreaking :( #RIPChester https://t.co/HZRIMRbJDo
My baby girl is 19 (in 2 days). NINETEEN! Jeezzzzz ... @ Shah Alam, Malaysia https://t.co/Re8bOtzngm
Re: tweets yesterday about RTM’s ban on Despacito, very sad that Amanah playing these political games. Where is the opposition M'sia craves?

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