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Loved and respected by the refugee community

Lilianne Fan - Malaysian - Co-Founder of Geutanyoë Foundation THE AFTERNOON AIR IS PARTICULARLY HEAVY, and the sound of the ceiling fan is a calmingtempo against the laughter of the children of the Rohingya refugees as they jump and greet Lilianne Fan. She hugs them, radiating...

“Enough kesian, be a doer”

Syed Azmi - Malaysian - Child Activist - PUAK Payongku (Persatuan Untuk Anak Kita) SYED AZMI RECENTLY SPENT AN ENTIRE WEEK alone in his apartment. He went totally off the grid and was unreachable by any electronic means. The exercise was a need to understand how...

Born in Malaysia – A Story of Kuala Lumpur

Born in Malaysia - A Story of Kuala Lumpur, was published in 2019. The book was edited by Jahabar Sadiq and designed by Joanne Chew of Fictionist Studio. The project took 3 years to complete and we ended up with a 430 page book with...

Lost; business from the last century

Mr Choo. Sang Kee Rattan Shop Jalan Tun Perak, Kuala Lumpur 2016 When Choo’s father first arrived in Malaysia, he brought with him a knowledge of the rattan industry. The shop was established on Jalan Tun Perak. As the shop prospered, he was able to send his...

Dance builds confidence

Sheela Raghavan. Accountant & Bharatanatyam dance teacher Mahavidya Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur 2017 As a child, Sheela learned to dance from some of the most prominent teachers in India. It was her mother who first introduced her to dance. Looking for an outlet for dance, she found...

Mamak stalls never fail

Hajimar & Jemala. Mamak stall workers Mansion Tea Stall, Selangor Mansion, Kuala Lumpur 2017 There’s a saying in Malaysia; ‘Have you ever seen a Mamak close shop?’ This refers of course to the popular Mamak stall or restaurant. What people don’t know is that some of these stalls...

“Every Nepalese man wants to see the world”

Biru Gurung, David Sapkota, Pradeep Shrejtha & Tek Nath Chaudhary Nepalese security guards, Kuala Lumpur 2016 “In Nepal, it is normal for men to want to see the world. You can see it in our history.” The most well-known Nepalese were the Gurkhas. Although they were a...

“This is my last year as a newspaperman”

Devasagayam. Newspaperman Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur 2017   Deva who is now in his 60s has been a newspaperman for more than 20 years since he lost his job at the Fitzpatrick’s Supermarket, then one of the most popular supermarkets in the city. A longtime resident of Brickfields where...

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