This site is a selection of my published work in the Malaysian and international press from 2009 to 2019.
I have served as a staff writer with independent news sites The Malaysian Insight, The Nut Graph, English daily The Star, community weekly Selangor Times, business weekly Focus Malaysia, and Asia’s homegrown financial wire Nikkei Markets. In between, I have also served as a communication expert with the European Forest Institute (EFI), and a researcher with Malaysia’s National Water Services Commission (SPAN).
I wrote a monthly environmental column for The Nut Graph from 2010 to 2013. One of my columns on plastic pollution won Penang’s Green Journalism Award (Special Prize) in the English media category in 2011. I have contributed interviews and analyses to The Nut Graph‘s book publications: Found in Malaysia Vol. 1, Found in Malaysia Vol. 2, and Understanding the Dewan Rakyat. My articles have also been published on National Geographic‘s website in 2013 and their Great Energy Challenge blog in 2012.
On the academic side, I graduated with a first class journalism degree from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR). I scored 5As in STPM (Physics, Chemistry, Maths T, General Studies, Chinese) and 11As in SPM (Science stream + Chinese). I won the Chevening Scholarship and earned a Master of Arts in Environment and Development at King’s College London in 2014. In 2020, I was awarded the Tunku Abdul Rahman Scholarship to pursue a Master of Philosophy in Anthropocene Studies at the University of Cambridge.
As a freelancer, I have completed writing, editing, translation, and rapporteuring assignments with international and Malaysian outfits. They include All Women’s Action Society (AWAM), the Asian-Pacific Research & Resource Centre for Women (ARROW), British Council Malaysia, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia, Greenpeace Kuala Lumpur, Protect and Save The Children (PS The Children), and Sisters In Islam (SIS).
I speak fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay. I can be reached at peilinggan[a]gmail.com.