Feet taking me to a slightly cheerful part of Kuala Lumpur


Kuala Lumpur. There’s a rising phenomenon for tourists and locals alike to visit the commercial centre of the city, mainly to submerge in the shopping mania. I don’t fully understand why people would want to shop in this part of town, with the high prices and irritating traffic clogging the roads. Unless of course one is looking at an opportunity to rub shoulders with the ultra elite of Malaysian society.

You can find small pockets of traditional homes and privacy around KL, one of which is located in Taman Maluri and another one in Pandan Jaya. Despite the abrupt modernisation of society, I found these parts to be relaxing. Affordable local spicy food, sunshine and people who seem friendlier than those living in the heart of the city. Here you don’t have to sink into delusions, the folks are simple, offering warm-hearted smiles.


An avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social work, helping marginalised communities since 1989. Nowadays he travels from the plantations of Malaysia to the slums of Thailand. He can be found at zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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