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…

ICT Future: Lets Start with Participation in Thailand

Often young people are the first to take advantage of information and communication technologies. I see this in developing countries within the region, a prevalent desire for continuous content consumption, be it via sharing on social media, engaging on the internet, advocacy with mass dissemination and, or simply for one’s private entertainment. Traditional sense of socializing, at least during the “old days” of my youth, have been aggressively challenged and even in this day and age of modernization, we still see the present socialization challenged…

Grand Delusion: A Road-Map To Nowhere

Thailand apparently has road-maps for everything under the sun. Road-maps for national harmony, road-maps for unity, road-maps for peace in conflict-torn south Thailand, road-maps for digital economy, and road-maps for solidifying power. This “road-map” is of course debatable, something that politicians and right-wing factions widely abuse when they speak to their audience, to the unconvinced rural crowds or the applauding teary-eyed urban middle class. Road-maps, aye, so often mentioned by uniformed powers that at times the general public forgets to ask what is this so-called strategy…

Behind the Wall lies Misery

Pol Pot’s secret prison, code-named “S-21” during his genocidal rule (1975-79). Between 1-2 million Cambodians – and many thousands of foreigners – were starved to death, tortured, or killed, during this reign of terror. When the Vietnamese Army invaded in 1979 the S-21 prison staff fled, leaving behind thousands of written and photographic records. Altogether more than 6,000 photographs were left; the majority, however, have been lost or destroyed.   ZashnainAn avid blogger, twitterer and photojournalist, Zashnain Zainal suffers from an incurable addiction to social…

Malaysia’s Najib Facing Turbulence

Shook my head, what a mega embarrassment for Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak. The general election is around the corner, Malaysians are eager for the official announcement by Najib, yet typical of politicians and government, you’ll never get a straight answer from the clowns. The government, political parties and politicians have been busy, giving out financial aid to Malaysians, making pledges that everyone knows would only cater to the elite few and talking rots from every corner of the country. As for Chinese New Year, the government…

Rohingya: A Dying Community

They are branded as one of the most persecuted communities in the world by the UN, yet nobody knows their name. They are the forgotten people. In recent weeks, the escalating violence has displaced more than 90,000 Rohingya people. Villages are being burnt, people are being abducted, concentration camps are being created, women are being raped and children mercilessly killed. The persecution against the Rohingya can be described in no other terms but that of ethnic cleansing and genocide. Check out: Burma’s Rohingya – The…

Life is Precious, Don’t Forget That

I have to say, I think that we are in some kind of crossroad as to whether civilization is civilized, or has it turned onto itself in its raw prejudicial and cannibalistic way, consuming others due to their bizarre desire or merely just because the individual is different from the rest of the common folk. Are we really qualified to take on the responsibility of nurturing life; or have we grown in complete redundancy and apathy as our religion? Life is not about society and its conformity to…

A Spider on the Perimeter of its Web

When society is dissatisfied with its own expectation and need for luxurious living, it sets more rules and bureaucracy designed to improve the quality of life for the few. They prefer slavery or something that resembles a uniformed standard of living and refined obedience. Accordingly, they will hesitate to reduce anyone to a state of numb terror and then withdraw to their fine dwellings, high above the reach of the poor. Somewhat like a spider on the perimeter of its web. If one person rouse…

Prophetic eyes that peek at Bangkok

One can’t deny the oddity of this snapshot, which I took on a Saturday afternoon in Bangkok. The “skull” cloud seems to be peeking at the inhabitants of this city, watching… a bad omen? I don’t believe in such, but who knows. Some of my Thai friends seem to think so, wrapped up in their superstition and the usual-dose of gossips. I have learned great many aspects of the Thai-psyche, and surprisingly there’s not much of difference between the superstitious minds of Malaysians and Thais. Almost everything…

Our society: whitewash of hypocrisy and lies

An establishment strives on a set of governing principles or what they would term as “core values” within the Great Hierarchy. These are to ensure a logical, predictable outcome to what the stakeholders desire. Life, to them, must conform to the ideals of their creation. Dogma, supersedes life, and thus the Institution expects everyone to swallow the nectar of Order. A person with a different viewpoint is commonly ostracised from society. Robbed of their identity within the mainstream community, these individuals are sent to the…