About me

In my “previous life”, I trained and worked as a chartered accountant and external auditor in England before returning to Malaysia to be immersed in corporate life.

But soon I found that corporate life and its values were not for me. There had to be more to life than making money and being obsessed with the bottom-line.

Before long, I found myself drawn to journalism and writing about human rights and socio-economic justice issues. I have always believed that we can build a more just and compassionate world. For several years, apart from being involved in civil society, I was senior writer for Asia Times Online, and Malaysia correspondent for Inter Press Service, an international news agency focusing on developing countries.

These days I am involved in Aliran and Penang Forum, which discusses sustainable development issues. Oh, and I also write a weekly column for The Herald.

The rest of the time, I spend on this blog. I am grateful for the contributions of a team of volunteer ‘citizen journalists’ in the comments section of this blog, a few of which I publish as guest contributions.

Inspiration isn’t always at hand, though – so grab yourself a cup of coffee and come share your thoughts with me.

An interview with BFM radio about citizen journalism:


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  1. Anil
    i don’t know if you remember me, but I’m Gan Kong Hwee’s daughter. I met you when you were with Aliran. I need your help. You did an article for IPS about the tourism (haze) and quoted Sally Koh, travel agent director. She used to book all my travels when i went to college about 30 years ago.
    I live in Honolulu now and flights from Penang are getting harder to come by. I’m trying to book for my mom and dad so she can celebrate her 75th birthday as well as my daughter’s 16th birthday.
    I need to contact Sally Koh to help me book their flight because otherwise, they will need to get Taiwan visa, stay overnight in taipei and its hard because my dad has dementia.
    Please help. Just let me know what is the name of the travel agency Sally Koh is with.
    thanks so much
    Lena Gan

    • Hi Lena

      Its Airborne Sdn Bhd.
      Tel: 04 2632141

      Hope she is able to help with your parents’ travel arrangements.

      Kind regards

  2. “I Need A Mountain Spring”

    I need to find a mountain spring
    That man has never seen or touch,
    That only deer come to drink
    And birds and squirrels can vouch.

    To have it bordered by plants
    And small pools for peacock fish
    To swim and play stunts
    Reflecting its scaly rainbow flash.

    And by its side monkey cups abound
    Collecting dewy drops of rain
    The agile monkeys life line bond
    That is part of the mountain terrain.

    I need a mountain spring
    Unspoiled by human hands,
    Its pure water, unwashed, unringed,
    Left to wash only its bottom sands.

    I need a mountain refreshed
    By the sweet songs of birds calling
    For their mates to build their nest
    Amidst butterflies fleeting.

    I do not need artificial springs
    That sound un-operatic
    Infiltrate our private space, bring
    To our ear, music chaotic.

    I do not need a concrete jungle
    Where hills and mountains vanished.
    No trees and branches jangle,
    But cement, plastic and steel finish.

    Give me a mountain spring
    Pure and unsullied to dream
    Before the rising of the sun
    And lay down before the moon beam.

    That is my last wish for myself,
    And for others who love this earth,
    That come what may, the shelf
    Of life will continue to have hope and rebirth.

    By Khoo Soo Hay

    Dear Anil,
    Sorry a bit late in replying, as I am not that familiar with the procedure, compute-wise.
    Hope you can use it.


    Khoo Soo Hay

  3. Dear Anil,
    I have been receiving and reading your website for sometime and also gave comments.
    Now I want to contribute a new poem which I wrote yesterday morning. Can you give me your other email address that I can write and attach the poem, entitled “I Need A Mountain Spring”.? It is about environment and if you see fit, you can add it to your website for your readers to enjoy.


    Khoo Soo Hay

  4. Hi Anil, when you have a little spare time please visit my blog on ‘Sewerage scam’ in Kota Kinabalu.
    Wish you all the best in your endeavours.
    Luqman Michel

  5. Hi Anil,
    Since the time I discovered your website just before GE13, I’ve been folowing the issues you’ve been highlighting almost on a daily basis. Your insights on citizen journalism over BFM89.9 was most interesting indeed. I think it would not be far off the mark to say that it’s caring and responsible people like you that give us a balanced perspective on important issues that matter to us all. Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Many thanks, Tim, for the kind words, encouragement and support for citizen journalism initiatives.

    • Thanks Hanim, it was inspiring just being there and witnessing events unfold in mysterious and unpredictable ways.

  6. Hi Anil, I have only recently learnt about you and your work inspires me. Tell me something, with so many Malaysians choosing to run away via immigration or even pressured to stay overseas after their education, work stint, etc – you choose to return after setting yourself overseas. Please do tell your story.

    • Thanks Vijay. Not much of a story, really. Malaysia was always home to me. I am fond of the place and believe in its people, even if some of the politicians can sometimes be frustrating. It has so much potential. So I came back to do my little bit.

  7. Hi Anil,
    I have a friend who is a Malaysian citizen and have never voted before because of his
    frustration with the Government and have migrated to Singapore as a Permanent Resident
    just like me. IN our discussion I told him that the first time I went for voting was in 2008 where
    I voted for DAP in Bukit Bendara and am now proud to say that I have voted for change for
    the right party and ask him to look at how Penang is being managed now.
    He agreed to have his name registered with the Election Commission and as such wonder
    you can do utmost to have him registered by e-registering with the Commission as I am not
    familiar with Bahasa Malaysia. Am giving his name and info as follows and hope you can do
    the neccessary arrangement for registering or recommend me some one from DAP Penang
    to do the arrangements:
    (personal details removed)

  8. Dear Sir,

    Need to get in touch with Mr. Malik Imtiaz Sarwar for urgent legal advise for my brother.
    Please give contact ASAP.
    Thank you & Best Regards


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