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:
And this is about what Aliran is doing to stay relevant in the digital era: