Researcher. Writer. 32. 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 online news sites The Malaysian Insight and The Nut Graph, community weekly Selangor Times, English daily The Star, 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 fortunate 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 on plastic pollution won the Penang’s Green Journalism Award (Special Prize) in 2011.
When The Nut Graph ceased full-time operations in August 2010, she joined 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 a one-year MA in Environment and Development at King’s College London.
A year after her return from the UK, 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. After a two-year break from journalism, she decided it was time to return to the profession. She took a 25% pay cut to join The Star in January 2017, quit the same year due to political interference in her news reporting. She took another 20% pay cut to join The Malaysian Insight, where she covered the watershed 2018 elections and its aftermath without fear and favour.
She was privileged to be given the opportunity to join Asia’s homegrown financial wire service, Nikkei Markets, in October 2018. However, national service beckoned in the new Malaysia and she decided to take the plunge to join the civil service in April 2019. She now works as a research officer in the chairperson’s office at the National Water Services Commission.
Pei Ling has also taken on writing, editing, translation, and rapporteuring assignments with non-profit organisations previously, including Greenpeace Southeast Asia, ARROW, AWAM, Sisters in Islam, Centre for Independent Journalism Malaysia, British Council 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 。