Independent professional journalist with 15 years experience
in various capacities as:
- co-founder/managing editor of a successful freelance writing enterprise;
- assistant editor for the leading English daily in Malaysia;
- public relations practitioner and organiser of conferences, computer
fairs and other events;
- advertising liaison between editorial and industry; and
- national correspondent for regional publications.
During early newsroom experience reported on various
beats including politics, disasters, crime, court, food, fashion and
lifestyle, before becoming the first woman reporter in Malaysia to specialize
Over the last 12 years have focused exclusively on development
and trends in the information technology, telecommunication and Internet
industries filing news, profiles, features, product reviews, country
reports, commentaries and analyses.
Consistently met tight deadline schedules with high regard
for accuracy and readership value. Effective as a team player in newsroom
in communicating with editorial, management, human resources, advertising
and marketing departments as well as editing, leading and motivating
Trinetizen Media & CES Management Services : Jan
2000 to present
Co-founder of two independent companies specializing
in freelance writing for regional markets, and organising events for
healthcare, medical and technology industries.
Contributed exclusive news, features and analyses to
top regional publications including New Zealand Herald, Unlimited (Auckland),
CNET Asia, ZDNET Asia, Newsbytes, Intelligent Enterprise Asia, Nikkei Electronics
and Reader's Digest Asia.
In events management, organised a successful regional
medical conference for over 350 doctors and launched products for clients
such as Alcatel (mobile phones) and Sophos (anti-virus software).
In.Tech, Star Publications (M) Bhd : Sept 1993 to
Position: Assistant Editor
Joined Malaysia's leading English newspaper (current
circulation: 280,000, readership 1,170,000) as a senior reporter and
advertising coordinator of technology section. In addition to writing
duties, was tasked with promoting publication to vendors and advertisers
for advertising and marketing programs. In my first year, I assisted
in raising almost one million ringgit (NZ$560,000) worth of advertising
for the weekly pull-out, In.Tech, and was promoted to Assistant Editor with additional
responsibilities editing and managing a team of 12 reporters. Pagination increased
from 16 pages to 64 pages, while advertising consistently
grew by 10-15 percent annually during the seven years there.
- Assisted the technology team with conception, development and launch
of Star Online at thestar.com.my, currently the most popular website
in Malaysia with an average of 18 million to 20 million pageviews
- Assisted with organizing MICROFEST in Kuala Lumpur and Penang,
the most popular and biggest PC trade show in the country with combined
160,000 visitors annually.
- Assisted in production of CD-ROMs, advertising and promotional
materials and liaising with vendors for products reviews, advertorials,
seminars, talks and workshops.
- Organised training and motivational workshops for staff as well
as reorganised work processes, planned editorial calendars and procured
and deployed new and effective network system for editorial team.
Asian Business Press : Dec 1989 to Apr 1993
Position: Correspondent, Malaysia
Worked as solo Malaysian correspondent for Asia Computer
Weekly, a leading regional technology publication now owned by CMP
Media. Job responsibilities included covering daily technology news,
features and profiles and organising roundtable sessions and media workshops
for the publication. During four years at ACW, also travelled to US,
Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore on various
news assignments and filed country reports on their IT growth trends,
policies and development.
Star Publications (M) Bhd : Aug 1988 to Oct 1989
Position: Cadet reporter
Covered day-to-day breaking news including fires, floods,
blackouts, bus strikes, bomb scares, plane crashes, collapsing buildings
and bridges as well as various human interest stories.
The News Straits Times & Berita Harian (local
Malay daily) : Aug to Oct 1988
Position: Freelance reporter (stringer)
Covered various political, social and economic events.
Knight Ridder Financial News : March to May 1988
Position: Freelance reporter
Filed timely commodity and market reports and liased
with Hong Kong and Tokyo correspondents on daily market movements.
Education: B.A. (Honours), Mass Com. Major, National
University of Malaysia (1988).
Computer Skills: Working experience on ATEX, Windows
and Mac platforms including QuarkXpress, ClarisWorks, Microsoft
Office suite, and all web communication, design and publishing software
including browsers, email, HTML, FTP, Instant Messaging and Adobe Photoshop.
Language: Fluent in written and spoken English
and Malay (national language of Malaysia), and conversational ability
in Chinese dialects Cantonese, Hakka and Mandarin.
Interests: Reading, travelling, scuba diving,
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Portfolio of work
Referees (email provided on request):
Chris Barton, IT Editor, NZ Herald
Cnr of Wyndham and Albert Str,
Auckland, New Zealand
Davin Arul, Vice President, iStar
Menara Star, 15 Jalan 16/11, Section 16, 46350 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: +603 7967-1388
Hellen Tan, Editor, ComputerTimes Singapore
Singapore Press Holdings, No 1000, Tao Payoh North,
Tel: +65 9431-8797
Fran Foo, Features Editor, ZDNet Australia
Level 4, 45 Murray St
Pyrmont, 2009, NSW, Australia
Tel: +61 2 8514-9999
Fax: +61 2 9660-2953
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