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I am a multimedia journalist currently based in Malaysia.

I produce both hard news and feature stories across Asia for TV, print, online, and radio. I can shoot and edit video (both short form and documentary) and am passionate about politics, history, travel and the great outdoors.

I have live anchoring and reporting experience and can handle creepy crawlies as well as business news.

You can find some of my work on the BBC, CNN, Forbes.com, ABC News, The South China Morning Post, The Telegraph, and The Jakarta Globe.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
08 May 2013

Umbrellas and flags in the rain at opposition rally.

Protests in Malaysia against alleged “fraudulent” election
Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results
By Phillippa Stewart, Kuala Lumpur
Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally to protest against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.

Local election watchdogs have also questioned the results of the election.

A joint report released Wednesday by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) said that the election was “only partially free and not fair.” http://ideas.org.my/?p=6799

The report said the election was carried out “on a very uneven field” citing: a pro-government media bias in mainstream media, lack of transparency in campaign spending, questions over the lack of trust in the integrity of the electoral roll, the impartiality of the Election Commission, exploitation of racial issues, and unreliable indelible ink.

The United States and European Union also acknowledged concerns over electoral “irregularities,” according to AFP.

The government has denied any wrongdoing.

Dressed in black protestors packed into Kelana Jaya stadium on the outskirts of the capital; cars left abandoned on the motorway.

Waving flags, blowing vuvuzelas and rocking out to upbeat tunes the mood was more festive than fearful. Opposition leaders roused the crowds with statements like: “we will win the war”, “today we start the fight back” and “reformasi” (reform).

Aman Shah Ahmad, 47, a construction work was helping his brother sell black t-shirts at the entrance to the stadium.

“We have problems with authoritarian rule. Everything looks democratic but there’s lots of hanky-panky going on behind the scenes. I want the election result to be reviewed. We want a re-election. Please tell the world,” he said.

Asked if he was afraid of being arrested, he said: “how are the police going to arrest all of us? There’s not enough space in the police stations to luck us all up!”

Mukhzani Alia, 18, a student, said: “we want change in the government. They’ve spent the last 55 years cheating on us, it’s time for change.”
Sharon Balon, 22, and her family were outside the stadium holding yellow flowers and anti government placards.
“We’ve had to leave the stadium,” she said. “It’s too hot in there – so many people. We are all so angry, that’s why we’re here tonight.” Malaysia’s state news agency, Bernama, reported that the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar, had warned that rally participants would be arrested. http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v7/newsindex.php?id=948221

Evoking the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, the police said the rally was illegal because organisers did not apply for a police permit for the event. Organisers must also inform the police 10 days before an event.

According to AFP, the opposition acknowledged the rally was “not within the letter of the law.”

However, there was no visible police presence at the rally.

Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, was returned to power Sunday, although with a reduced majority. The Barisan Nasional coalition has been in power since 1957.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
09 May 2013

Umbrellas and flags in the rain at opposition rally

Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results
Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally to protest against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
09 May 2013

Umbrellas in the rain at opposition rally

Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results
Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally to protest against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
09 May 2013

Umbrellas and flags in the rain at opposition rally

Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results
Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally to protest against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
09 May 2013

Supporter at rally in Kelana Jaya Stadium

Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results
Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally to protest against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
09 May 2013

Supporters at rally in Kelana Jaya Stadium

Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results
Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally to protest against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
09 May 2013

A festive mood at the opposition rally

Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results
Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally to protest against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
08 May 2013

Holding signs at opposition rally in Kelana Jaya Stadium

Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results
Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally to protest against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
09 May 2013

Young people holding signs at opposition rally in Kelana Jaya Stadium

Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results
Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally to protest against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
09 May 2013

Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results

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Malaysia General Elections (1 of 16)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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05 May 2013

Opposition supporters of candidate Nurul Izzah Anwar smile after his victory in Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur.

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Malaysia General Elections (2 of 16)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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05 May 2013

Opposition supporters waving flags after the polls in Malaysia's general elections closed.

May 5th, 2013.

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Malaysia General Elections (4 of 16)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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05 May 2013

A local TV station broadcasts the election results throughout the evening in a restaurant.

May 5th, 2013.

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Malaysia General Elections (6 of 16)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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05 May 2013

Opposition supporter near a polling station in Lembah Pantai district in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Malaysia General Elections (8 of 16)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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05 May 2013

Voters line up to vote in a polling station located in the Lembah Pantai district in Kuala, Lumpur.

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Malaysia General Elections (10 of 16)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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05 May 2013

Barisan Nasional supporters outside a polling station located in the Lembah Pantai district in Kuala Lumpur.

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Malaysia General Elections (11 of 16)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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05 May 2013

Voters outside a polling station located in Lembah Pantai district in Kuala Lumpur.

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Malaysia General Elections (12 of 16)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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05 May 2013

Polling station located in the Lembah Pantai district in Kuala Lumpur.

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Malaysia General Elections (16 of 16)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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24 Apr 2013

Barisan Nasional's logo lights up the night sky in Kuala Lumpur

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Thailand's Songkran festival (1 of 19)
Bangkok, Thailand
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14 Apr 2013

Crowds at Thailand's Songkran festival. The new year festival lasts for several days (13th-15th in Bangkok).
Songkran crowds surrounding an elephant statue in Bangkok's Silom district

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Thailand's Songkran festival (2 of 19)
Bangkok, Thailand
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14 Apr 2013

Water guns and white powder to rub on people's faces on sale at Bangkok's Songkran festival. The new year festival lasts for several days (13th-15th in Bangkok).
Water pistols and white powder on sale at Thailand's Songkran Festival, Bagkok

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Thailand's Songkran festival (3 of 19)
Bangkok, Thailand
By FirstName LastName
14 Apr 2013

Crowds at Thailand's Songkran festival. The new year festival lasts for several days (13th-15th in Bangkok).

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Thailand's Songkran festival (4 of 19)
Bangkok, Thailand
By FirstName LastName
14 Apr 2013

Crowds at Thailand's Songkran festival. The new year festival lasts for several days (13th-15th in Bangkok).

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Thailand's Songkran festival (5 of 19)
Bangkok, Thailand
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14 Apr 2013

Crowds at Thailand's Songkran festival. The new year festival lasts for several days (13th-15th in Bangkok).

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Thailand's Songkran festival (6 of 19)
Bangkok, Thailand
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14 Apr 2013

Crowds at Thailand's Songkran festival. The new year festival lasts for several days (13th-15th in Bangkok).

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Thailand's Songkran festival (7 of 19)
Bangkok, Thailand
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14 Apr 2013

Crowds at Thailand's Songkran festival. The new year festival lasts for several days (13th-15th in Bangkok).
Huge crowds gather for Thailand's Songkran festival in Bangkok

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Thailand's Songkran festival (8 of 19)
Bangkok, Thailand
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14 Apr 2013

Crowds at Thailand's Songkran festival are sprayed with water by firetrucks. The festival lasts for several days.
Firemen spray crowds at Bangkok's Songkran festival

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Thailand's Songkran festival (9 of 19)
Bangkok, Thailand
By FirstName LastName
14 Apr 2013

Crowds at Thailand's Songkran festival. The festival lasts for several days.