Showing posts from February, 2016

Stifling a Dream

It's not that he doesn't understand democracy. He simply doesn't want to honour your fundamental liberties.

The State of Affairs: Obvious, Oblivious

Time flies. Thailand struggles with destitution, with the economy reduced in rank among its Asean neighbors and the growing fear among rural citizens about their future.
On 22 May 2014, the Royal Thai Armed Forces, led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Commander of the Royal Thai Army, launched a coup d'├ętat, the 12th since the country's first coup in 1932, against the caretaker government of Thailand, following six months of political crisis.
He has made numerous promises to improve the rights and quality of life of citizens. Road-maps, blueprints and the creation of committees to bring about 'happiness' to the masses. 
Yet poverty and household debts are increasing, while Bangkok elites and middle-class appear oblivious to homelessness. Though I think they are conscious of the social meltdown, but in an uncaring state. Apathy within the junta-led government seems to be a policy, and that the poor are expected to be collateral damage in this transition to devolution.   

Beyond the Rusted Zinc

Bright sky, drifting lazy clouds. I see, those monsters of capitalism and steel staring back at me.

Constitution: Lost in Translation, Again

A draft constitution released on Friday has been pilloried by all major political parties, raising fears it will be rejected in a July referendum, delaying a return to democracy. Thailand struggles against the influence of elites and the military.

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Kuala Lumpur consumes the ostracized and poor

A city with an insatiable appetite, and it frequently consumes the poor, the marginalized, those who struggle to survive, in this city of loss.

While the ruling elites engage in gluttony, of excessive waste, of squandering the rights and hopes of the masses, the citizens suffer in a hamster-wheel. Running, in circles, within the confinements of Kuala Lumpur.

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A turn for the worse

A modern monument, the ultimate Malaysian tribute to glory; while the surrounding and gutters look submissively at its steel, cement superstructure. Life, in Kuala Lumpur, has grown worse; at least for the urban poor.

High cost of living, young people affected by unemployment, increasing homelessness and household debts, and the diaspora of laborers from distant realms. Where ever you are under the open sky, the twin towers never leave your sight. A powerful sentient, observing, sensing, your misery.

Kuala Lumpur, a city built from the tears of the hidden.