Showing posts from December, 2016

By the obscurest route he knew

We've heard, often, how governments, municipal councils, NGOs and individuals demand for a safer city, and frequently some would advocate for the development of a city that's disabled-friendly.

As for Kuala Lumpur, communities living with disabilities face a multidimensional horror from an uncaring society, not to mention the lackadaisical attempt by authorities to solve the concerns of disabled people. 
In many parts of Malaysia's capital, the tactile paving offers no real assistance to the blind and visually impaired. Perhaps we're expected to continue believing that Kuala Lumpur is a developed, rich, safe city for all.

The approaching extinction of empathy

Another outreach in Brickfields done. Once in the morning, and the other at night -- everyday. As a social worker, I've conducted many outreach services in this place, since 1996. Many things have changed around here, though you'll still be able to spot some old structures, from apartments, shop lots and temples.

Lack of affordable housing has been a problem for quite some time. The UMNO-led government and municipal authorities seem oblivious and careless when it comes to meeting basic rights of the urban poor. Local NGOs have also reduced outreach services to the urban poor - some say the funding pie is limited to cronies, or whoever has connection to this official or that elite.

Mental health concerns fall on deaf ears, especially for rural Malaysians who struggle to find a sustainable livelihood in the city. What about street-based counselling services? Many homeless folks say no one wants to listen to them.

I've also met and spoke to a growing number of homeless refuge…

The Art of Control: Single Gateway

The state of cyber surveillance and internet freedom: Officials announced last year they had scrapped the plan after it was met with public outrage. It instead rebranded the effort as part of a digital economy initiative while moving forward parallel efforts such as rewriting cybercrime law to grant broader powers to authorities to intercept and censor communications without due process.

Rights groups such as the Thai Netizen Network, Amnesty International Thailand and Internet Law Reform Dialogue, or iLaw, have urged people to campaign against it. The number of people signing an online petition to stop the law on has soared in the past few days to more than 120,000 names.

Those rewriting the law heard a range of suggestions from activists and the private sector at a public hearing on Nov. 23, none of which were addressed in the latest draft released Friday.

Source: Khaosod English…

A vibrant city, sometimes.

Kuala Lumpur.

A developed city but with a growing urban poverty rate

The government boasts of rapid economic development, while the ruling right-wing Melayu nationalists and crony parties applaud their great leader. However marginalized communities are still vulnerable and homeless.