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Throwback Bangladesh – Working Woman

When I was in Bangladesh – visiting a rice mill, we can see the whole family live and work in the place. It is really a very sad thing to see how poor were the families and I believe that the workers are paid peanuts. I guess when you have a population that is so big and economy that is so small, it is definitely going to take a toll on the people.

The photo shows the a woman at the kitchen of a house, cooking rice for the husband and kid that is probably going to come back to eat. Sad I must say.

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Photography

Throwback Dhaka: Fish Monger

Back in 2010 – I made a trip to Dhaka for a holiday (not work). It was a great trip. It gives me an insight of the daily lives of Bangladeshi. We see them in Malaysia, but we never appreciated their existence.

If one were to make a trip to Dhaka – we can see why there’s a lot of Bangladeshi here. They came here in search of a better life. The living conditions in Dhaka is less than appealing. Coming to Malaysia is one of the ways they can reinvent/restart their life. As little as we think their salary here, it is way more than what they can earn over there.

The photo in this post shows the fish monger. Amazing to see the tool that they use to clean the fish! Am sure its pretty damn sharp given the size of the fish!

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I Love Malaysia Photography

Foreign Workers

It’s amusing to see the fact that the workers that we see all over the place are foreign workers. To me it’s not bad, but it does show either two things:

  1. We have progressed to a point that labor work can be outsourced to foreign worker
  2. We just just being lazy ass and let the foreign worker do the work. 

To be honest, I seriously think that it is the latter. I do see a lot of people complaint about not having jobs but when we see the work that’s out there, it does seem like the labor work is done by foreigners. 

The more serious case was the crane incident in Raja Chulan where a crane hook fell down on a kelisa, and killed instantly a 24-year old lady. Apparently the crane operator is a foreigner, and to my knowledge this would be impossible as only locals can be certified. Let’s see what happen next.

As I said earlier, I do not think the infusion of foreign labor into the workforce is a bad thing. But if it’s done with the wrong intent – this might be detrimental to the future of this country. 

Yes – we are built on a society of immigrants. Back then – the Malay, India, Arabs, Chinese etc came to this land in view of trade and exploration. And as we grew, different people worked on different things like plantation and mining. And now things would have been different – so would bringing immigrants be different. I don’t know. 

Anyway – I do have a few friends who are foreign workers. One thing I have to give it them, they are definitely hardworking and focus on having a better life for themselves and the family. I remember one Bangladeshi guy told me – “I invest my life in Malaysia for my children and their children”. Which is true, if they can lift their family out of poverty – their children will reap the benefit and seek a better life thru better education etc. 

Enough of ranting. Time to work!!!

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I Love Malaysia Photography

Child labor… And some life ranting

Child labor is something that is quite a norm for third world countries. Few years ago, I did a trip to Bangladesh for photography. As usual, my interest brought me to the corners of the country. Caught this picture, and of course this is one of the many I’ve seen with my eyes.

What I can say is that it’s appalling but at the end of the day, families in those country has no choice but to get their sons to help out in order to make ends meet. That’s why it’s not surprising when we see a lot of Bangladeshi immigrants come to our country(Malaysia) and willing to “work like a dog”. Do whatever the boss says! I guess because the environment back home would not be much of a difference anyway.

We in Malaysia should feel fortunate with what we have. Yes, we might be the richest country in the world nor do we live in the best environment, but all in all – as bad we may think our situations, there are a lot of countries that are worst.

Anyway – this year I have not gone, nor do I have any plans for a photography trip. I should do, at least once. Work been catching up I guess… Gosh. It’s so sad when somebody commented to me – why you keep recycling your old photos. The answer is of course I don’t have time to take any. But I guess – time is all relative. I should make time for it.. Some how .. Some what

 

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Photography

Salon Photography in Bangladesh..

Sometimes is fun to do salon photography while in a trip. its not much for the photos, but to actually spend time with the locals. Create some excitement. The video here is a short footage of one of the salon photography we did in Panchuria village – somewhere in the middle of the Jute farm.


😀 😀

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Photography

Teaching the kids how to say Bye Bye

During the recent trip to Bangladesh, we had the opportunity to interact with the villagers in Panchuria.
At the end of the visit, gotta teach the kids how to say bye!

That was really fun!

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Photography

Donating Money to the School in Panchuria

Typically when me and my friends go for a photography trip, we will always try to visit the villages and obviously will look at ways where we can contribute back to them. In my recent trip to Bangladesh, me and the rest of the gang visited a village in Panchuria (which is our host village).

In the village, we visited a school and after looking at the condition of the school, we decided to collect money and pass it to the headmaster. The money collected (which total up to about RM1500), was enough for replacing the floor, window and door! What amazed us was that, the work started almost immediately. The next day, we could see the workers opening up the window frames….


p/s Am actually also testing the video sharing capability of Flickr 😉

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Photography

Public Transport in Bangladesh

This is the typical public transport in Bangladesh, apart from the typical trishaw and buses. Seriously, its really a big nuisance – but i guess its probably the cheapest alternative to other means of transport.

Nuisance

Well… I did try out once,.. here’s the experience….. gulp…


Kakakakakka!

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Photography

Shaving

Shaving

I really have no idea what this guy is shaving. Perhaps he is shaving the fellas eyebrow?

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Photography

Sharing my photos from Bangladesh via Slideshow on Flickr

The following is the slideshow from my trip to Bangladesh with the Photomalaysia guys!

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Photography

Madrasah

Madrasah (Arabic: مدرسة‎, madrasa pl. مدارس, madāris) is the Arabic word (of Semitic origin; viz Hebrew Midrash) for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious (of any religion). It is variouslytransliterated as madrasah, madarasaa, medresa, madrassa,madraza, madarsa, medrese etc.

Currently, there are three different systems of madrasah education in Bangladesh. They are the old darse nizami system, the revised and modified nizami system, and the alia nisab (higher syllabus). The first two categories are popularly called quawmi or non-government madrasahs and as of year 2002, it was estimated there are about three thousand such institutes in the country.[68]Amongst them the most notable are Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam in Hathazari, Al-Jamiah Al-Islamiah Patiya, in Patiya and Jamia Tawakkulia Renga Madrasah in Sylhet.
The photos below are captured in Madrasah that located in the vicinity of Sylhet:

Madrasah
Madrasah
Madrasah in Bangladesh