Niki Cheong

I write, I teach, I tweet. Keywords: Journalism, social media and digital culture. Connect: www.tinyletter.com/nikicheong | web: www.nikicheong.com


Rape is Rape is Rape

Why are we not more angry at the recent rape allegations?


It has been a few days since Malaysians were shocked by the allegation that a chaperon at the recently completed SUKMA Games was gang raped by athletes in the Games village.

I use the word “shocked” loosely because it really feels like there is not enough outrage at…


Believe in the goodness of humanity


The world would be a better place if we truly embrace diversity.

WHEN I was in my mid-teens, I got caught in a “saga” of what can only be retrospectively described as child’s politics. In vying for a mentor’s attention, a friend and I started squabbling and finding ways of “getting” at one another.


A tradition of togetherness


It is time to reflect on our family lives as the Year of the Goat approaches

Originally published in the Bangsar Boy column at www.thestar.com.my on February 18, 2015.

WE FOUND the goat. It has remained elusive for weeks, and dad kept bringing it up.


Break out of the ‘bubble’


This The Bangsar Boy article was originally published at www.thestar.com.my on February 4, 2015.

TWENTY years ago, I wrote an article about the perception of Bangsar’s moniker as the “rich person’s area”, specifically noting the many working class people who live and work in the neighbourhood.


Be open to opinions


Silencing people with weapons and legislation is not the answer

An unedited version of this article was published in the first edition of The Niki Cheong Fortnightly, an email project featuring new writings and commentary. You can sign up here.

IT IS only a few weeks into the new year, and already, we have had enough sadness to last us…


The Bangsar Boy on 2014: Live and let live

M’sians have emerged stronger from tragedies


From The Bangsar Boy column. Originally published at www.thestar.com.my on December 31, 2014.

JUST a few days ago, I had posted on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nikicheong.my) reflecting on how it has been a tough year for Malaysia. It was in writing…


The public cannot always be trusted to take matters in their own hands


This The Bangsar Boy article was Originally published at www.thestar.com.my on December 17, 2014.

I WAS driving to a friend’s Christmas party a few days ago when I started worrying about the fate of the gassy drinks I had with me.


I’ve quit Uber: No going Black


My friend who is with MyTeksi often refers to me as a Uber fanboy. I love the service, yes.

However, I’ve not used it in quite a few weeks and won’t be using it in the near future because of a moral dilemma, which I shall explain below:

On the day many of my friends took part in Uber’s charity drive around Kuala Lumpur, I


Uber, Facebook et al can’t (always) be trusted

Raise the red flag on apps’ use of personal data


An edited version of this article was first published in Sunday Star.

Recently, reports of Buzzfeed journalist Johana Bhuiyan’s allegations that private car service Uber — which launched this year in Malaysia– had on two occasions tracked her…


Everyone can play a part


There are various ways to make a difference no matter how small the ideas are.

From The Bangsar Boy column. This story was originally published at www.thestar.com.my on December 3, 2014.

I WAS properly introduced to the HIV/AIDS awareness cause when I participated in the International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific…


Why your Facebook status declaration of content ownership won’t work

Over the past few days, with the announcement of some changes to Facebook’s T&C, I’ve seen “declarations” on my friends’ statuses to stake claim on the content they upload. Two years ago, I wrote this piece and thought now is apt a time for a reminder.