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I am a highly qualified and experienced writer, editor, translator, and researcher with a special focus on literature, art, culture, music, history and politics. I have experience with a range of subjects including economic affairs, development, and the social sciences. My English grammar and spelling are impeccable, and my language is sophisticated, intellectual and artistic. I have a nuanced understanding of literary genres and am equally at ease with non-fiction and fiction. I am punctual with deadlines and meticulous with detail. My articles, essays, translations and edited materials have appeared in various newspapers, magazines, journals, anthologies, and books. I hold a Masters degree in Modern German Literature from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Arts (History, Literature, Philosophy) from New York University. I was born in Cambridge, United Kingdom. My mother tongue is English, and I am fluent in Malay and German. I have translated several books and numerous articles from English to Malay, Malay to English, and German to Malay. I work closely with Malay communities throughout the country, and am familiar with both formal and colloquial language.
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May 2019

The George Town Literary Festival (GTLF) is the largest international literary festival in Malaysia. Held annually in the World UNESCO Heritage site of George Town, GTLF is one of the most prominent platforms for free speech in Malaysia with a specific focus on world literature. GTLF believes in the power of free speech and expression and is committed to being one of the most urgent, vital and provocative literary festivals in the region.

Deputy Editor

Jan 2019

Mekong Review is literary magazine from Southeast Asia. Every quarter, it publishes book reviews, essays, interviews, profiles, poetry and fiction from Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, the Philippines and beyond. Website: [login to view URL]


Jul 2018 - Jan 2019 (6 months)

Long excerpt published in the novel 'Delayed Rays of a Star' by Amanda Lee Koe, Penguin Random House, 2019. [login to view URL]


Nov 2017

Co-editing a book of memoirs by my mother, Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General (2007-2015).


Jul 2017 - Oct 2017 (3 months)

Invited to write essay for the exhibition publication for the exhibition "Gerak Rupa Ubur Penyataan 1957-1973" at ILHAM Gallery, one of the most distinguished art galleries in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Jul 2017 - Jan 2018 (6 months)

Co-editor of the travel diaries in Europe and Southeast Asia of the legendary Malaysian painter, Latiff Mohidin.

Industry Advisory Panel

Jun 2017 - Jul 2018 (1 year)

Advisor on Culture for CENDANA, Cultural Economy Development Agency, Malaysia


Mar 2017 - Nov 2017 (8 months)

Literary columnist for Esquire Malaysia, monthly column for a period of 8 months.


Jan 2017 - Dec 2017 (11 months)

Co-curator of the George Town Literary Festival 2017, which won the London Book Fair's 2018 Excellence Award for Best International Literary Festival.


Jan 2017

Co-Director, Kala Publishers, a small press in Malaysia dedicated to publishing literature in translation from the world's languages.


Jul 2016 - Oct 2016 (3 months)

Invited to write an essay for the exhibition publication for "Crossings: Pushing Boundaries" at GALERI PETRONAS, one of the most prestigious art galleries in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Jan 2016 - Dec 2016 (11 months)

Co-edited the English and Malay literary journal, Naratif | Kisah, which reimagined old and new narratives of Southeast Asia.


Jun 2015 - Aug 2015 (2 months)

Invited to write essay for the exhibition publication for the exhibition "Picturing the Nation", the inaugural exhibition at ILHAM Gallery, one of the most distinguished art galleries in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Jan 2015 - Dec 2015 (11 months)

Translator of Liberalismus, the classic text of economic philosophy by Ludwig von Mises, from the original German to Malay. Published by Institute for Policy Research with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.


Jan 2014 - Dec 2014 (11 months)

Columnist for Malaysiakini (BM) on topics of world literature.


Jan 2014 - Dec 2014 (11 months)

Columnist with the Malay Mail, wrote articles about culture, art and politics.

Contributing Writer

Jan 2014 - Dec 2017 (3 years)

Contributing writer on cultural heritage for the New Straits Times, one of Malaysia's leading English newspapers.


May 2013 - Jul 2013 (2 months)

Book editor for Dark Spring: Essays on the Ideological Roots of Malaysia's GE-13 by Dr. Azly Rahman, published by Gerak Budaya.


May 2013 - May 2013 (1 month)

Editor of Election Observer Report for Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Malaysia.


Feb 2013 - Apr 2013 (2 months)

Book editor for The 'Allah' Controversy and other essays on Malaysian Hypermodernity by Dr. Azly Rahman, published by Gerak Budaya.

Creative Director

Jan 2013

Creative Director of Malaysian cultural heritage organisation, PUSAKA.


Oct 2012 - Nov 2012 (1 month)

Book editor for The Monarchy and the Constitution by Dr. Aziz Bari, published by Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs.


Masters of Studies in German

2010 - 2011 (1 year)

Bachelor of Arts - East Asian Studies: Literature, History, Philosophy

1996 - 2000 (4 years)


Zertifikat C1 - German Language (2009)


Advanced Level German


Liberalisme by Ludwig von Mises (translator)

Malay translator of Liberalismus, Ludwig von Mises' classic 1927 text on economic liberalism. Published in 2015.

Nathan Yang Bijak by G.E. Lessing (translator)

Malay translator of G.E. Lessing's classic play, Nathan der Weise. Published in 2007.

Apa itu Pencerahan by Immanuel Kant (translator)

Malay translator of Immanuel Kant's seminal essay, Was ist Aufklärung. Published in 2006.

Dendang Cinta (Bertolt Brecht)

Malay translator of Liebesgedichte, love poems by the German poet and playwright, Bertolt Brecht. Published in 2006.


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