20 June 2008

Malaysia has been highly regarded as a developed country, at least ever since the leadership of Tun Mahathir Mohamed. Strong & stable in economics and technological achievements while to a certain extent, has proven itself as an independent sovereign when the neighbors succumb to the IMF offerings in the previous economic turmoil, indeed the achievement of this country is to be envied by many.

The center of the achievement would be the capital city – Kuala Lumpur, where amongst the locals, there exists thousands of foreign workforce, both legal and illegal. All are here with but one aim - apart from contributing to the success and wealth of this nation – to earn a decent living for their family back in their home countries.

Sadly, unknown by many, a sub-set of this vast number of foreigners would be a group of 50 Bangladeshis. Originally being brought into the country by "an agency", they have been showered with many but still unfulfilled sweet promises. Now, they are literally living in a limbo.

Living underneath the concrete structure of a railway station, almost unseen to the eyes of the public, they simply could not care about the hygiene factors and the daily conditions they are in. The reality is, their only concern in life would be to settle an amount of USD4000 they each "owe" to "the agency" or face a brutal consequence, so brutal in fact death would be a blessing in disguise.

Without any legal documents and work permit, they are truly helpless creatures in a limbo. Their best logical options would be either to be caught by the local enforcement and shipped back to their home country where they will face a certain death by the hands of "the agency", or die here, in a foreign land, leaving nothing but traces of stain depicting a painting of their desperate struggle.

Indeed, death would be a blessing – though never a wish dare even to be thought by them, nor their loved ones back home.

Photos:Ian Ahmad/easternimages2008
Text:Kyril F. Jamian

16 June 2008

The Putrajaya Series: Seri Wawasan Bridge
Latest assignment for my office work, ducumenting the Putrajaya landmarks to be publish in our new dictionary 2008. This will be my long terms project through the year of 2008. This shot taken in 3/05/08 with a friend of mine Rahman Roslan.

The Seri Wawasan Bridge is one of the main bridges in Putrajaya, the Malaysian federal administrative capital. This futuristic cable-stayed bridge which has a sail ship appearance, connects Precinct 2 on the Core Island to the residential area of Precinct 8.The concrete bridge is a combination of cable backstays and structural steel tie back. It is a dual three lane carriageways of 18.6m width each, comprising 3 x 3.5m width lanes, 0.5 m hard shoulder, 0.5m marginal strip. The median is 4 m wide and walkway cum cycle track width is 5.1m giving a total width of 37.2m at the centre of the bridge.

15 June 2008

Adam is Threeeeeeeeeeeeeee........

The followers of the People Justice Party shouting in protest demanding about the oil price against last week's rise in petrol prices. About 2,000 people marched from Kampung Baru mosque after Friday prayers to the centre of the city of Kuala Lumpur and creating a heavy jammed all over the city. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. June 13 2008.

Supian Ahmad/DrikNEWS 2008.