Marina Mahathir entered public life as the prime minister’s daughter but today she is regarded as Malaysia’s poster girl for the fight against HIV/AIDS. She is the country’s most famous activist and she has played a major role in bringing the fight against this deadly disease to the forefront.
She is also a newspaper columnist who speaks out against Islamic practises that victimise women, and in the process she has riled up the Muslim clergy.
Now, after realising that the government was coming down hard on bloggers, she has taken on a new crusade – fighting for freedom in cyberspace.
Vanitha Nadaraj finds out who Marina Mahathir really is.