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Exploring a passion

Sapna Anand. Chef and cookbook author Kuala Lumpur 2017 Sapna Anand is an Indian national who arrived in Malaysia 17 years ago with her husband. Prior to that, she lived with her husband in San Francisco, United States. Sapna freely admits her husband cooked better than her...

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From Malaysia to Kathmandu

Rama Nanda Teli. Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur 2016 Like most Nepalese here, Rama came to Malaysia several years ago looking for a better job. But a better job should not be confused with those seeking a better living. How is it a better living when you’re living...

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“The family business is in good hands”

Peter Lee, second-generation owner Koon Kee Wantan Noodles, Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur 2012 Before 1945, Peter's father had already been selling porridge and other noodles in the Petaling Street area. In 1945, he started a shop selling wantan mee and never looked back. Today, Koon Kee is...

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Life after Aleppo

[caption id="attachment_3487" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A day in the park with fellow refugees[/caption] Hasan Al-Akraa. Syrian refugee in Kuala Lumpur, 2016. 12-year-old Hasan Al-Akraa had a good life in Aleppo, Syria. His family owned a big house, but the war changed all that. In 2011, they fled to...

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The Prisoners’ Diaries

Norma Hashim. Social activist. Kuala Lumpur, 2016 Norma Hashim’s book, The Prisoners’ Diaries, is a collection of interviews with freed Palestinian political detainees who, bearing the psychological scars of their imprisonment, refuse to remain silent. Already available in 6 languages, a Persian edition is in the...

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Searching for identity

Jeffrey Lim. Designer, photographer, cyclist. Kuala Lumpur, 2016 Jeffrey Lim is a very busy man. Three websites document his various projects. His workspace is crammed full of items that make up his projects. Customized Kanta-Box cameras stored in one corner, art installations in progress, reference material...

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“I never wasted money on good food”

Abdul Rahman. 42. Bangladeshi. Kuala Lumpur. 2016. 22 years ago, Abdul Rahman landed in Malaysia with hardly any education and certainly no work experience. His first job was at a plastic factory where he worked for 5 years. A frugal man, Abdul never spent money on good...

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“I’ve never met my wife”

Ziur Rahman. Bangladeshi. Ziur Rahman has lived in Malaysia for 10 years. He has held many jobs including a stint at Pizza Hut. The last time he applied for a work permit, he paid RM15,000 to a middleman who did not deliver. This was not the...

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“I cannot see”

[caption id="attachment_3323" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Abdul Kader with his precious electric drill[/caption] Abdul Kader. Bangladeshi. Odd-job worker. Kuala Lumpur 2016 Abdul Kader goes everywhere with a folder containing documents pertaining to a case an NGO has brought on his behalf against a factory in Malaysia. 3 years ago,...

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