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Kuala Lumpur: Homelessness, Revisited

Homelessness is not a new societal dilemma in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, homelessness affect even beyond the urban and rural poor. Often communities struggle with high cost of living, poor mental health, societal stigmatization and unemployment.

Malaysia, with its 30-odd million people, is blessed with natural resources, surrounded by non-threatening neighbours, a wealth of knowledge left behind by her colonial masters. Malaysia, my country, has moved largely away from an agricultural nation, into the sophisticated, modern country that it is now, with Kuala Lumpur as its pulsing, growing heart of bourgeoisie appetite.

However with rapid urbanization, poor public administration, clueless NGOs and a money-hungry society which seems to enjoy feeding upon itself, the marginalization of communities has grown. Homeless folks, visibly more Malaysians than foreigners, some from the distant shores of Malaysia’s Borneo, of Sabah and Sarawak. They, and some with their families, flock the roads, back lanes, the commercial centres and the capitalistic monuments of modern development. Yet despite their visibility, they find that the middle-class urbanites and elites are more often uninterested in helping the poor, those in need. Class-based prejudice, sometimes infused with racism, and even xenophobia, is the dominating component that makes Kuala Lumpur what it is now.

A city, filled with loss.

Elder, homeless and begging in the heart of capitalistic Kuala Lumpur.
Elder, homeless and begging in the heart of capitalistic Kuala Lumpur.
A temporary home, in plain sight of corporate offices. Yet urban society ignores the homeless, maybe hoping they would simply disappear.
A temporary home, in plain sight of corporate offices. Yet urban society ignores the homeless, maybe hoping they would simply disappear.
Urbanites usually ignore the plights of Malaysians and foreigners who are homeless in the city.
Urbanites usually ignore the plights of Malaysians and foreigners who are homeless in the city.
Modernisation of Kuala Lumpur. Only the elites enjoy true luxury and comfort.
Modernisation of Kuala Lumpur. Only the elites enjoy true luxury and comfort.
This couple does not appear to be hungry or homeless, but they were begging near KL Sentral.
This couple does not appear to be hungry or homeless, but they were begging near KL Sentral.
Under the scorching sun, surrounded by Malaysian monuments of development, this man begs for coins.
Under the scorching sun, surrounded by Malaysian monuments of development, this man begs for coins.

 

 

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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 zashnain.com and @bedlamfury

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เรื่องประทับใจจากคลิป How Does A Homeless Man Spend $100? ไปสู่การช่วยคนไร้บ้านได้เริ่มต้นชีวิตใหม่

ชายเร่ร่อนในคลิปชื่อ Thomas จากคลิปที่แอบติดตามเขาว่าเขาจะทำอะไรเมื่อได้รับเงิน $100 ไปแล้วนั้น ปรากฏว่าจับใจทีมงานและผู้ชมคลิปมาก ปรากฏว่ามีคนเข้าดูคลิปที่ว่ามากกว่า 18 ล้านครั้ง ทั้งๆ ที่คลิปเพิ่งเผยแพร่วันที่ Dec 22, 2014 (สามวันที่ผ่านมานี่เอง)

ธอมัสไม่ได้เร่ร่อนเพราะใช้ชีวิตล้มเหลว เขาลาออกจากงานมาเพื่อดูแลพ่อแม่ที่กำลังป่วย พ่อแม่จากไปเร็วกว่าที่เขาคิด และค่าพยาบาลสูงมาก เขาต้องขายคอนโดพ่อแม่ที่เขาก็อาศัยอยู่ เขาตกงาน และกลายเป็นคนเร่ร่อน เพราะรู้สึกสิ้นหวังในชีวิต

หลังเหตุการณ์แอบถ่ายที่พบว่าเขาเอาเงินที่ได้ $100 ไปซื้ออาหารแจกจ่ายคนอื่น ไม่ได้เอาไปซื้อเหล้า (แบบที่คนทั่วไปคิดว่าคนเร่ร่อนมักทำ) Josh คนทำรายการ คนที่บริจาคเงิน $100 แรก ออกมาแสดงตัว บริจาคเงินมากขึ้น และผลักดันโครงการเพื่อช่วยเหลือ Thomas ขึ้น  เป็น campaign ที่ชื่อ Help Thomas To Get A Fresh Start! [ เพียง 3 วัน มีคนร่วมบริจาคถึง $88,273USD (ยอดเงิน ณ 11:15pm)

วัตถุประสงค์ในการระดมทุนเพื่อ Thomas ครั้งนี้เพื่อ

  1. ซื้อมือถือให้ติดต่อกับ Josh ได้
  2. ซื้อคอนโดคืน หรือมีที่อยู่ใหม่ที่ Thomas เรียกมันว่า “บ้าน” ได้
  3. ให้ Thomas ได้งานทำ เพื่อชีวิตใหม่

ดูคลิปนี้ และดูการรณรงค์เพื่อช่วยคนเร่ร่อนคนหนึ่งให้กลับสู่สังคมเพื่อใช้ชีวิตปกติ ได้ มันวิเศษมาก เป็นคลิปที่ดีสำหรับคริสต์มาส 2014 จริงๆ จึงขอบันทึกมาแบ่งกับเพื่อนๆ ณ ทีนี้ค่ะ

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As if people cared about the urban poor

The homeless and urban poor in Kuala Lumpur are an invisible community. They roam about the city, hidden by the shadows, or trying to earn the daily wage in the filthy back lanes from some odd job that most working class Malaysians won’t want to get their hands dirty. Whether the poor are locals or foreigners, it matters not to Malaysian society, the Institution does not seem to see nor positively react to the presence of the untouchables.

They are rendered invisible from societal prejudice, and when it suits the high society, the rich, the marginalized suddenly become visible once or twice a year during festive holy days when charity becomes a norm in front of photographers and ass-kissing reporters who have received a generous gift to write a story about some corporate social responsibility of a company or the “generosity” of a politician.

Stigmatization of the urban poor happens simply because people stopped caring for those without money and due to their lowered station in life. Society depends on NGOs to “clean the streets” of the undesirables, or what do they call them, “remove them for their own good” as someone said to me.

As if society cares for the struggles and lives of the poor. As if NGOs know what to do.

homeless in Kuala Lumpur

 

Zashnain

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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Slums that became cities

While the builders in Bangkok were raising mountain-like buildings and marvel monstrosity, a different type of architecture was evolving, clustered and confined in the midst of a bustling city. Its massive labyrinthine walls sprawled over many acres and embraced whole communities of slum residents. I bowed to it’s majestic twist of hardship and poverty.

 

 

Zashnain

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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Child Poverty: What Are You Going To Do About It?

        Rural migrants are attracted to the possibilities that a city can offer. Let’s take Bangkok as an example. The migration from rural to urban happens on a daily basis, whether its merely to work in Bangkok, traveling to and  from the distant towns, or to permanently settle down.

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Zashnain

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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Poverty Without a Home

The beautiful night sky provides no comfort for those living without a home. The cold, brutal rain wrecks havoc to those without shelter, pounding against their broken bodies. The pollution, the heavy dark smog, suffocates those with no means to protect themselves. The constant hunger churning the shrunk stomach. The constant thirst plagues the dry throats. The madness of the abundance of food in restaurants drives those with no means to buy nourishment beyond misery.

Desperation.

They possess no means, to embrace their rights to food, clean drinking water, homes, healthcare and safety. Many do not have stable wages, earning far below than what bourgeois would waste in an hour. They worry, constantly, how to defend themselves against society’s relentless stigma, prejudice and discrimination.

Welcome to the realm of the homeless. Welcome to their agony, their helpless desperation to defend themselves against hunger.

Welcome to their Hell, their ‘home’; your casual apathy.

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Zashnain

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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