It was some time back when I was messing around with my Friendster account that I stumbled upon an old classmate from secondary school.
We decided to catch up for old times sake.
And I discovered that in spite of our typical Malaysian education, both of us had developed an intense desire to make this country a better place.
Today she is a video journalist with malaysiakini.tv - the only independent news channel we have.
About a year back, a mutual friend of ours invited me to the KOMAS FreedomFilmFest, incidentally, the same one Fahmi Reza won for his 10 Tahun Sebelum Merdeka.
Fahmi's piece was timely and very succinct, especially with our rather turbulent political undercurrents. He thoroughly deserved his win.
Indra's documentary “She’s My Son”, is still very controversial for our society to accept. She came in second place after Fahmi.
Back then, Indra gave me a copy of this documentary on a CD which I still have today. I found it disturbing then for various reasons, and still do now.
But as with a lot of her work in malaysiakini.tv, she digs up some very nasty but pertinent stories which need to be told.
She was recently nominated for The Asian Youth Ambassadors (AYA) Dream Malaysia ‘Most Outstanding Youth’ Award.
AYA seeks to give recognition and to reward young individuals (aged 18 – 33) who have overcome and may still be overcoming obstacles in their lives to be where they are today.
I think Indra deserves to win this time. If you can spare RM0.80, please vote for her.