Segambut Dalam – A Kampung in a Concrete Jungle

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This morning I had the opportunity to visit Segambut Dalam. Segambut Dalam is an area next to Mont Kiara, somewhere further up from Gardens International School and next to Kiara 1888 condominium.

I have passed by this place many times, but never had the inkling to visit as I don’t think it is any different from the kampungs that I’ve been too.

Moving into the kampung, I am greeted with a series of flags. I can sense the patriotism is very strong in this area. As we can see – there is a juxtapose of urban and kampung feel here.

As any other places – food places is an abundance here. This is the first restaurant that I’ve seen here. It is empty though. It is quite surprising that it is closed for Sunday morning. I would imagine that the restaurant will be filled with guests from both the kampung and outside.

The sewerage system in this place is rather non-existent. Honestly – I don’t know and too afraid to ask. The drains in between the houses are dirty and filled up with rubbish. I do not want to imagine the types of diseases one can be infected by such poor sanitation.

The picture below shows two male fixing a broken pipe. According to them the pipe was leaking and they had to break down the cement floor to reach the pipe. I guess they know what they need to do.

As I looked upwards, there was this lady who is hanging her laundry. By the look of it, it does seems like the house is big and spacious. I can attest that the house is bigger than mind. Thing to note is that the houses here are “temporary” and the land owner can take it at any time. Of course – we have heard so many stories on the “disputes” between land owner and the occupier. But I guess, time will tell whether such incidents will happen here. I hope not.

The photo below shows a middle aged man who has stayed in this kampung for more than 20 years. He is originally from Indonesia but has settled in Malaysia for that long. He holds a red IC – which is defined as permanent residence. I guess – he is still waiting for his time to get the blue IC. He did mentioned that his kids are all considered citizens as they are born here.

The scene is very typical, can see how close are the neighbours to each other.

The photo here taken right outside of their house. The lady invited us to a wedding reception – not far from this Kampung. I guess – it was too early before we can go there!

As we walked deeper into the Kampung, met this two females. One just “landed” in Malaysia (less than a year) while the other have stayed in this Kampung for more than 70 years. The older lady mentioned that she was born here and back in those days, the Kampung (and Mont Kiara included) are all rubber estates. Something that learnt. She also mentioned that she used to be a rubber tapper than but now there are no more rubber to tapped.

As we walked further in, bumped into this man. Very lively. Same as the lady – also born in the Kampung. He was sharing his experience on how he helped the father tapped the rubber back then. He also said that the big monsoon drain used to be a river, and he used to take a bath there before going to school. The river – of course used to be much more cleaner that what it is now.

We continued walking and boom – I saw a sundry shop. Saw a couple that was talking to each other. They said that they were from Keramat Permai before. A place not far from where my parents stayed. In fact – that place was just behind my primary school. That place no longer exists as development has taken place.

On the other side of the road, there were another bunch. It does looked like it was more “luxurious”, but that was just on the side of the road. As I ventured inside, I saw this guy who has a somewhat run down “hut”. He said that the house was used to be occupied by a whole bunch of Bangladeshi. He moved in to take over the house after the Bangladeshis left. He said that the water comes from the hill behind. Not sure how true is that!

As I walked in, I saw this chicken “farm”. Its just a whole bunch of cages filled with chickens. And of course there was a group of men who was just relaxing. I had a long chat with them. Most of them are from Indonesia and has settled in Malaysia for a long time. This is where they call home.

Following are just other photos that I took.

It was really a fun outing indeed. I had so much fun and of course sweat a bit given that I have not taken photo for a while. I need to visit this place again at night as I do like the effect of fluorescent lights. Will be very nice indeed 🙂

Big Mac index???

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Big Mac Index is one of those age old modern gauge to describe how world affordability is divided.

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Obviously as an index, the reference is set on a particular country. With the one published on economist, it has been set to be reference against United States. So where do Malaysia sit in the whole scheme of things?

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Not bad I must say. We are very much cheaper than a lot of places in ASEAN. In fact, in the world we are considered damn cheap. Though honestly, looking at the Mcdonald’s prices in Malaysia – I must say the price is kind of expensive!

To play around – go ahead to this site..

http://www.economist.com/content/big-mac-index

Poverty Line!

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Today – The Star , quoted saying that the poverty line for Urban areas is RM3,000. Years ago, when I first started work RM3,000 was a lot of money. But I guess, times change – cost goes up. Geeze…

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Read more here The Star

This is seriously not funny. Imagine – a university graduate with an excellent degree in Computer Science or Engineering – could probably be given a job that will pay them in the region of RM2000 to RM2500. If they are lucky, the could probably get somewhere in the region of RM3000. But given the fact that not ALL Malaysian goes to university. Imagine the quantum of “poor” people, as defined by the article….

Maybe its time to consider minimum wage…