Memories of Misi Bangkok

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Came across an old post by Nurul Izzah, a member of the Malaysian Parliament. We have met only a couple of times, the last bit was after the “Misi Bangkok” – she treated me to a great brunch in Kuala Lumpur, I was still in hunger-mode then as it was difficult to find food during the great flood of Thailand.

Nurul has a good heart, she offered support to me when I needed it, the funds she raised was crucial in the relief work in 2012. RM4,000 was the budget for almost a month in a flooded Bangkok, my work took me to the wet streets and residential locations through the metropolis. Nowadays many relief workers (many I know in Malaysia) expect exorbitant budgets to do community work, for coordination and what-ever-nots. I did it with a small budget, and I am thankful to Nurul, who I treat like my sister, and her humility and concerns for people made vulnerable due to poverty and natural disaster, regardless of their nationality.

Even as I travel Thailand, almost year later, I still remember my little sister with great fondness.


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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 and @bedlamfury

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