R. Nadeswaran

Nadeswaran is a journalist by training, a lawyer by qualification and a crusader for good governance by choice. In a career spanning almost 48 years, he covered almost every aspect of news – from sports to business and from conflicts to scandal.

He has won numerous awards both Malaysian and International over the years. Nadeswaran has broken some of Malaysia’s biggest stories and pioneered investigative reporting in the 80s when a new wave changed the facet of Malaysian journalism.

His work includes several exposes of corruption and the abuse of power in government and enforcement agencies, failings in the system and exploitation of migrant workers. 

Working in an environment where Press freedom only exists in name, Nadeswaran has been able to tread the thin line amidst the growing resentment against the Fourth Estate by the establishment.

Advertisements and promotions by the publisher labelled him as “Malaysia’s Scariest Man”. 

However, his biggest contribution to Malaysian society is his no-holds- barred column – Citizen-Nades – which addresses bread and butter issues. In sometimes acidic language, his twice-weekly column questioned government spending, often demanding transparency and accountability.

Besides awards for journalism, Nadeswaran has been cited for his softer side – community work. He was a recipient of the Prisons Director General Award for his involvement in pre-release programmes; He is a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club in recognition of his efforts in empowering single mothers. 

He is a regular speaker at local and international conferences and has talks on many corruption, governance and journalism. He retired from active journalism in December 2016.