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Politics Fragmented into a Series of Hopelessness

Throughout a decade of struggles in a state of kleptocracy, Malaysians, mainly those from the lower middle class, have told me that they were unable to find equal opportunities for work. But then one day, Malaysians ...

Political autonomy is not part of the equation

Thailand’s junta chief General Prayut Chan-o-cha said that political restrictions would be eased to allow political parties to conduct political activities – limited and obviously closely-monitored activi ...

Federal, State Govt Fails to Protect Indigenous Land Rights of Temiar Community

Federal, State Govt Fails to Protect Indigenous Land Rights of Temiar Community

In early August 2018, a plantation company destroyed a six-month-old blockade set up by an indigenous Orang Asli community in the Malaysian state of Kelantan. According to a news report, Jaringan Kampung Orang Asl ...

Body Politics

“To me, art is always political. One way or another, whether or not you, as an artist, you think it or not. It doesn’t matter. To me, it’s always political. Because, if everything’s already go ...

Thailand’s 2014 Coup and Call for Democracy

Rome Ramsignam from Thailand’s Democracy Restoration Group (DRG) talks to Peoples Dispatch about the current political scenario in the country and the people’s movement for elections and democracy.   ...

Traditional Home of the Nias

The house of an indigenous chieftain from the Nias tribe. ~ Photograph by Zainal Lembang | 1976, Pulau Nias, North Sumatra. In the Nias language, the Nias people are known as Ono Niha; which literally means ‘de ...

A Tall Order: Free and Fair Elections

A Tall Order: Free and Fair Elections

While people talk about political parties and the usual predictions of who will be the prime minister, there’s very little open debate about the role and responsibilities of the Election Commission of Thailand. ...

The Asmat: Cycle of Poverty and Malnutrition

The village of Tomor, where rivers weave like snakes through thick forest, is so remote that its 500 residents have no regular access to education and health services supplied by the government. Health officials said ...

The Art of The Deal

In a devastating realm of self-righteous, ignorance and political fuckery.   ...

We Will Not Be Silent

We Will Not Be Silent

“Until President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo delivers on his promises to address human rights abuses in Papua, expect apologies, not justice, for future police killings of Papuans.” – Human Rig ...

Untangling the Complexities of Technology

Workers repair Bangkok’s endless, tangled wires. Photography by Zashnain Zainal   ...

Dream State

Dream State

Poverty in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Art and photography by Zashnain Zainal   ...

Capture the Real You

Capture the Real You

Homelessness and urban poverty in Kuala Lumpur. Photography and art by Zashnain Zainal | Malaysia. ...

Dark Side

Dark Side

Shadow is the dark side, Where beings are hidden from plain view. Invisible not just to sight, but also to our other senses, our consciousness, We hope, and pray, that they, those dark beings, do not stir from their ...

Malaysia: Lawan Berita Palsu Dengan Fakta, Bukan Akta

Malaysia: Lawan Berita Palsu Dengan Fakta, Bukan Akta

Malaysia’s government has introduced a sweeping “anti-fake news” bill that critics say could stifle criticism of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his supremacist political party before a national ele ...

A Sinuous Path Through the Slum

A Sinuous Path Through the Slum

There’s no way one can miss the presence of slum neighbourhoods in Bangkok. Urban poverty gets in your face, regardless where you’re travelling in the congested City of Angels. Despite its overbearing pre ...

Time Will Remember Their Perseverance

Time Will Remember Their Perseverance

Bangkok. As I walk on a narrow alley towards my sanctuary, I see no improvements for many urban poor Thai families. They live in slums – often seen as a labyrinth of confusion and destitution. The part where sm ...

The Elders

The Elders

Hardship revisited, as elders struggle against the high cost of living. Art by @bedlamfury Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2018   ...

We Make a Living

We Make a Living

A slow day at the market.  Photographs by @bedlamfury Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2018     ...

Struggling Urban Communities

Struggling Urban Communities

In a realm of loss, individuals are forgotten and neglected by the mainstream doctrine of social development. Photographs by @bedlamfury Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2018   ...