Writer. Journalist. 30. Malaysian.
An inquisitive person, Pei Ling is interested in a wide variety of topics as a writer and journalist. Her writings have been published in the Malaysian press including English daily The Star, online news portals The Malaysian Insight and The Nut Graph, community weekly Selangor Times, business weekly Focus Malaysia, and the international press such as National Geographic News.
She started her humble career in journalism with the now defunct The Nut Graph after graduating with a First Class journalism degree from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in 2010. As a young journalist, she was privileged to be given the opportunity to write a monthly environmental column As If Earth Matters for The Nut Graph from 2010 to 2013. One of her opinion pieces won the Penang’s Green Journalism Award (Special Prize) in 2011.
When The Nut Graph ceased full-time operations in August 2010, she joined the newly set up community newspaper Selangor Times as a budding writer, covering state government, local councils and community affairs between late 2010 and mid-2013. In late 2013, Pei Ling was awarded the British Chevening Scholarship to read an MA in Environment and Development at King’s College London.
Upon her return from the UK, she joined Focus Malaysia for three months before deciding that while she fully supported her former editors’ bid to do independent journalism, full-time business reporting was probably not her cup of tea.
She subsequently embarked on an ambitious (on hindsight, overly ambitious) six-month book project to document the history of student activism in Malaysia in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Pusat Sejarah Rakyat (People’s History Centre). The book never materialised and the publisher is still figuring out what to do with the oral histories she collected from more than two dozens former student activists. (She still feels sorry for these late-20s hiatuses.)
While she was still trying to figure out how to write the book that was never written, she landed the best paying job in her life as a communication consultant with the European Forest Institute’s Asia Regional Office in Kuala Lumpur. She did a steady nine-to-six job for more than a year that she believes she will probably never find herself in again. (What? Did I really do that?)
After a two-year break from journalism, she decided it was time to return to the profession, if she is indeed serious in making it her profession. She was probably not thinking when she agreed to join The Star in January 2017, a move that everyone who knows her well said (a little too late) that was totally out of her character. Of course, she left in less than nine months and is now on probation with The Malaysian Insight. God knows how long she will last there.
She has also taken on writing, editing, translation, and rapporteuring assignments with non-profit organisations previously, including the British Council Malaysia, Sisters in Islam, Centre for Independent Journalism Malaysia, among others.
Pei Ling speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Malay and Cantonese. She can be reached at peilinggan[a]gmail.com or via Twitter @plgan.
颜珮玲于2013年获得英国政府的奖学金前往伦敦大学国王学院就读硕士，专攻环境与发展课题。未获得奖学金前，她在马来西亚的报界工作了三年。从2010年末至2013年中，她在现已停刊的雪州时报《Selangor Times》担任全职记者，报道州、地方政府和社区新闻。此外，她于2011年凭她在独立新闻网站《The Nut Graph》的环境专栏获得槟州政府颁发的环境新闻特别奖 (Green Journalism Award – Special Prize)。毕业于拉曼大学新闻系，珮玲的文章也曾刊登于任国家地理新闻《National Geographic News》 。她擅长中、英、马来文和粤语 。