Vanitha Nadaraj


Vanitha Nadaraj has over 35 years of working experience in the field of communications - as print journalist in a leading English daily newspaper in Malaysia, radio journalist for the Jakarta-based radio station KBR68H, and as a lecturer, communications manager and trainer. She completed her MA in journalism at Ateneo de Manila University as a fellow of the German-based Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Articles Written by Vanitha Nadaraj

T.H.E Dance Company performing

T.H.E. Mission to Change Asia: One Contemporary Dance at a Time by Kuik Swee Boon

01 Mar 2014

It was during a dance practice for a school event that Kuik Swee Boon, then 16, felt something. The desire to spend the rest of his life in dance. So

Malaysia Tan Sri Syed Hamid

Malaysia Singapore High Speed Rail Plan to Drive Malaysia to a High Income Nation

26 Feb 2014

About a year ago, the prime ministers of Malaysia and Singapore announced that a high speed train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore will be built. The reactions were varied. Many

Leaders of TPP member states and prospective member states at a TPP summit in 2010.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Has A Long Way To Go

24 Feb 2014

Last December, trade minister and negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement talks were optimistic when they met up in Singapore. They thought that the deal would be sealed. Instead,

Navigating federal and state: a man crosses the road which divides Selangor from Federal Territories in Malaysia

The Layer Cake of Government: Federal and State Powers in Malaysia

20 Feb 2014

Let us say you are at KLCC in downtown Kuala Lumpur and you take a cab down to neighbouring city Petaling Jaya, to one of its famous outdoor food stalls.

The Frog That Used to Live Under the Coconut Shell Discovers the TEP Twitter Feed

Boys To Men: Malaysians, Media and Free Speech

17 Feb 2014

The motorist in front of you cuts into your lane and almost causes an accident. The first thing you would do is reach for your cell phone, take photos of

Malaysia Chap Goh Meh

Cupids of Chap Goh Mei

15 Feb 2014

A 24-year old foreman who goes by the name Sam New and his three friends are playing Cupid on Chap Goh Mei, the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day. Instead of

Malaysia Dengue 2

Fighting a Losing Battle Against Dengue in Malaysia

14 Feb 2014

The tiniest of creatures is posing the biggest of problems for the battle against dengue in Malaysia. For the last 40 years or so, the country has been fighting dengue

Malaysia Foreign worker

Tunnel Vision: Malaysia Trying to Get Indonesia Interested in Johor Riau Link

11 Feb 2014

In a space of six months, there have been two proposals to build a mega connection between Indonesia and Malaysia by the Malaysian side. The response from Indonesia for both

Kuala Lumpur International Airport Low Cost Carrier Terminal

Calling All Passengers, Malaysia KLIA2 May Be Delayed Again

10 Feb 2014

The grand opening of KLIA2 is scheduled for May 2 this year but two-thirds of the main terminal building does not yet meet safety standards. There is every chance that

Anwar Ibrahim speaking at a rally in Kuala Terengganu January 2009

Anwar Ibrahim Has Not Left the Building

05 Feb 2014

They do not call him the man with nine lives for nothing. Just when it seemed certain that the opposition bloc’s defeat in 2013 general elections sealed the fate of

Malaysia Car National Automotive Policy

Malaysia National Automotive Policy Needs Clearer Direction

03 Feb 2014

There were great expectations that car prices would instantly drop when the revised National Automotive Policy was unveiled on January 20. Or at least that the tax exemption period for

Map of James Shoal off the coast of East Malaysia

James Shoal and the Choppy South China Sea

01 Feb 2014

Sunday, January 26. James Shoal, about 80km off Sarawak. Three Chinese navy vessels patrolled the shoal, according to Xinhua news agency and the People’s Liberation Army daily. The vessels were

Malaysia Chinese New Year 2014

Year of the Horse 2014: Mixed Expectations for Malaysia

29 Jan 2014

On Dec 30, the government laid out a list of measures to cut public expenditure. Some claim these measures, which included reducing ministers’ and deputy ministers’ entertainment allowance by 10

Finger on the Pulse - resized for iPad

News of Nurul Izzah and an Alleged Divorce Causes a Stir

24 Jan 2014

She is young, pretty, smart, charismatic and prime minister material. So when news of Nurul Izzah Anwar seeking divorce from her husband was published yesterday, the public was shocked. Within

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Book Reviews | Malaysia

Ghost Bride by Choo Yangsze

Book Review: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Anyone who has ever spent a period of time in Southeast Asia will have noticed around August there seems to be a lot of food lying around, literally.  Under trees


The Motherland and the MDA Guidelines Strike Again?

The cries of the press being curbed sounded with predictable sound and fury when the Media Development Authority (MDA) new rules were rolled out in June last year. The “light

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