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Zashnain

Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light

Marginalised communities struggle in Kuala Lumpur, the heart of Malaysia – a capital known as the garden city of lights. But the government and ruling political parties continue to compliment themselves for  ...

Misery Waiting at the Bottom

Misery Waiting at the Bottom

Public agencies and government systems have grown increasingly rigid, often swollen with bureaucracy and stifling with corruption. The poor and marginalised communities continue to live in a pitiful existence – ...

Break Away from Work

Regular meals are important, despite the grueling work that is expected of the common man. Communities must be fed, and after that the cycle of hardship continues.   ...

The Curse of a Fine City

The Curse of a Fine City

I have returned to the bustling city, which was once my home. Despite my exhaustion, my eyes feast on the familiar sights of Kuala Lumpur, those lingering memories. Time has been merciless upon this city – a na ...

Communities, Landscapes Shaped by Apathy

Communities, Landscapes Shaped by Apathy

Home Urban settlements, with their self-built structures of mismatched wood, cheap cement and rusted zinc. They’re vulnerable to rain and flood, and now, the dreaded cold. Maze Neighbourhoods, their alleys fill ...

Street Music is Work Too

Street Music is Work Too

A tiring night yet he moves; carrying his music. Onward, to find another place, to ply his trade. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2017. ...

The Hand That Feeds Us

The Hand That Feeds Us

Migrant workers are often trapped in an invisible dimension – in countries that need cheap labour, where employers demand for round-the-clock workers, where their individual identities are discarded, where sala ...

Regret Nothing

In Times of Protest by Zashnain Bangkok – May 24, 2014   ...

Sweet Smell on a Cold Night

Sweet Smell on a Cold Night

Its a cold night in the city of smiles. Street food vendors prepare hot food for their hungry and often tired-looking customers.   ...

We Remember Moments

We Remember Moments

I remember a time when society reacted with shock and anger. The Thai coup of 2014 had provoked public resistance to the military takeover. Pro-democracy demonstrators peacefully gathered on May 24, 2014 at Victory M ...

The Darkness I Know So Well

The Darkness I Know So Well

Sensations fleet across the sky. Dwindling sunlight, and then the approaching merciful darkness.   ...

Housing Beyond Reach

Economic prosperity is an oddity of some sort, an irony at best, especially for marginalised communities in Thailand and Malaysia. According to experts, the economy is expanding, but based on what I have observed dur ...

Thy Neo-Fascist's Will

Thy Neo-Fascist’s Will

In the infinite realm of possibilities, a radical group of Burmese monks chose to inspire hate. A stifling climate of spite to suit their insecurities and apartheid fantasies. Their version of reality (and love) for ...

Abandoned Creation of Nameless Men

Abandoned Creation of Nameless Men

Entrance and exit – not expecting grandness. In fact I am not expecting anything in these uncertain times of loss. The realm gradually fell into disrepair; courtesy of overlords that prosper on neglect. They wo ...

Urban Paradise

Urban Paradise

Kuala Lumpur is a developed and successful urban paradise ~ with modern structures, sophistication and elitism. Yet poverty grows unchecked, and apathy is a doctrine worshipped by many. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2017 &n ...

Haven

Haven

A watering hole. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2017. ...

Warden of an Insidious Prison

Jokowi Widodo. He exist in his natural state. Inspired by self-professed sophistication, that supposedly graceful wisdom for the common man. Of understanding, which he knows not, – and in truth, he cares not. F ...

Agelast

Agelast

The rainy season is upon us. Yet, in this colossal city, the homeless are still without permanent shelter, exposed to the harsh downpour, unable to escape the sight of lightning and the never-ending flash floods. Ban ...

Lego Man

Lego Man

I’m Lego. Bangkok, Thailand 2017. ...

art works

A Malaysian street artist at work. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2017 ...