Thursday, December 2, 2010

Making a living in the city 在城市谋生 ...


As I had lunch with my students who all came from different cities around the world,
we had a heavy discussion on the following topic ....

"What is the best poor-friendly city in the world to live in ?" ......


With that thought in mind and as I was drinking coffee at this street-stall one morning,
a man in his 40's stopped his tricycle in front of my table
to collect and deliver gas tanks;
he seemed already tired even early in the morning.
Maybe he had already started his work cycling around the city
delivering and collecting the gas tanks 4 or 5 am in the morning .... 



As the country is aiming/planning/gearing toward a so-called "High income" society,
what does it mean for these many poor-in-the-city folks ....



To make matters worst, it is not just the local poor-in-the-city 
but immigrant workers are to be brought in from Indonesia, Pakistan, and 
Vietnam to mention a few to fulfill the labor needs of Kuala Lumpur. 

These immigrants are mostly working in construction sites and female immigrants
are helpful hands in residences as maids. Large portion of immigrants are being
promised ‘a good job’ into Malaysia and eventually
ended in low-paid jobs or worst, unemployed.



Urbanization is a normal process that many countries undergo 
in order to develop and to gather and centralize the resources.
It also encourage migration of those from the countryside to the city
whom most will end up as the poor-in-the-city ...

The World seems to be always unfair to the poor ....

A social issue urgently needs to be addressed by those who desire to 
help the poor-in-the-city and not just propaganda to the outsiders just 
to see the beautiful side of the city of KL with its 
high-rise buildings and expensive restaurants or shopping centers, 
and million dollar apartments 
.....
So, may I ask you this question again:
"What is the best poor-friendly city in the world to live in ?" ......

11 comments:

Laura.M said...

No hay ciudad en el mundo donde un pobre pueda vivir bien.
En pleno siglo XXI, hay mayor diferencia entre ricos y pobres.
En España más de 4 millones de paro y también mucha inmigración.
Muy buena la serie de fotos.
Saludos.Laura

Joop Zand said...

Nice serie photo's with good light.

Regards, Joop

Luis said...

veri nice shots,

Bob Bushell said...

I don't know, there are so many to choose from. The pictures were brilliant.

pietrzyk said...

Very good pictures.Greetings Andrzej.

WhatKarenSees said...

Very sobering photos to accompany your even more sobering comments. I agree, that the poor seem to get poorer while the rich get richer, and seems to be true worldwide. It would be interesting to know which cities really provide for the poor among them.

UIFPW08 said...

Lovely shots..
Morris

It's Time to Live said...

Enjoyed the photo images and the thoughful text. I do not have an answer for you except that warm climates are where I would settle if it were me.

UIFPW08 said...

Lovely shots..
Morris

Traveling Hawk said...

Wong, I agree with Laura and WhatKarenSees: there are not such places in the world! Poor people stay poor as they do not have chances for being educated, as there are a lot of stereotypes everywhere, as the rich don't like to be near the poor, as there are not enough jobs, and many other reasons. If everything is global nowadays, why should not exists a global plan to help the poor to have an even decent life? It's a rhetorical question, of course. Because the rich want to become richer, and richer, and they can't do this only on behalf the poor. So they need the poor to this end. And so they are not interested in helping them.

Levonne said...

Nice commentary with your photos today Wong. I like all the angles you took the bike photo from and I like that you left the rider of the cycle out of the pictures. Good choice. Not exploitive. I don't have an answer to your question but personally I am becoming happier with less and hope to make this a lifestyle.