Avila Geraldine Samuel is a journalist based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. She writes for the New Straits Times - an English newspaper published in Malaysia - on a daily basis, covering a wide range of topics from politics, environment, tourism, culture, to crime, among others. She also does freelance jobs - doing serious and laid-back writing based on client needs. When she is not working, she goes places one stamp at a time or just watches the world go by =)
A news article focuses on views of local political analysts on the possibility of making Sabah-based Parti Warisan Sabah a national party following party permanent chairman's statement, inviting ex Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to join.
A news article about the people of remote Matanggal village in the rural district of Paitan, Sabah (Malaysia). The story focuses on a young villager, who donates his land for the construction of a health clinic in Matanggal, and his life experience.
A news article about residents of Mabul island off Semporna, Malaysia, and their view on the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the compulsory use of face mask.
An exclusive report on shark catching and its population as well as effort to protect shark species from dwindling in Sabah waters, Malaysia.
A feature article about Mantanani islanders and scuba diving tourism potential at Mantanani island off Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia
A story about Inggai Suging, who travelled to India to learn about solar power in hope of bringing electricity to her rural village in highland district of Ranau, Sabah in Malaysia.
Feature stories on Malaysia's mobile court to provide legal services to people living in far-flung villages. The stories also tell the experience of seven delegates from the United States, who joined a mobile court programme to rural Matanggal, Sabah.
An interview with former Malaysian policeman Shanmugam Munusamy about his most memorable experience during service, where he recalls an engagement with Moro National Liberation Front members on Bakungan Island off Sandakan, Malaysia in 1976.
An exclusive news report focusing on the view of Universiti Malaysia Sabah academician Dr Ayesah Uy Abubakar, who is Mindanao-born, on the armed conflicts in Mindanao, southern Philippines - Marawi clash - in 2017.