Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What you don't see is what matters most 你不看到的是最重要的事情 ...


Nov 18, 2010
Pasar Road, Kuala Lumpur

When you visit a City as a tourist, you probably will just see the glittering 
lights, beautiful shining buildings or
those well maintained "OLD" structures meant to be seen by the public,
luxurious shopping malls, 
obviously the clean and beautiful side of the city ...



However, what most people visiting a city sees
are not the real places most city folks do live in ...



But those who live here will survive without the
attentions needed to distract their
livelihoods ...



No matter how bad the economy is or how good it seems to 
others, people in this part of the city goes through
their daily life the same or even worst ...

They can only bite their tongue through hard times
as no one will help them ...



many of my friends who once lived in these run-down shop houses in 
Kuala Lumpur are now engineers and lawyers but they
do not want to be seen or heard in these neighborhoods ...



What will become the city of the future when 
the poor will continue to be poorer 
and 
the rich continue to becomes richer ...

However, think again... some of these old shop lots
fetches more then 2 million per unit in today's market ...

The problem is that, those who own these shop lots are
now living in luxurious condominiums or houses and
renting these to those coming from the rural poor
or foreign labors ....


12 comments:

Traveling Hawk said...

I know, Wong, this is the real face of the world! But in our striving for better lives we always try to keep our eyes shut. It doesn't help: the poorer are far more in number than the richer...And too often, when we say we try to make this a better world, we do this for us, not for them...it's a sad world, after all...

Your photos are excellent but you know this already! I also try to see those places, at least...

Mahon said...

unfortunately the ugliness interested few people, but it is a reality !
your photos are very intense, thank for the sharing !!

Bye**

Erika said...

When I went to Shanghai, on october, I saw the same things,dear Wong!Shanghai is becoming richer and richer but there are too many poor people too, that live in neighborhoods like those of your pictures.
I think that we can find this situation in many countries, in Italy too.
Have a nice day.
erika

Joop Zand said...

I like these compositions and the lighting.

Greetings, Joop

Ángel said...

Una serie fantástica, las escaleras tienen algo muy especial que has sabido captar en cada toma.
Un abrazo

Smile said...

Great selection of photos there

This economy tends towards eradicating the poor

Carolina Tavares said...

I think that your pictures portray a reality well, very hard. Your questions are always relevant and profound.

Laura.M said...

Eso pasa en todos los paises, Wong.
A los que gobiernan no les importan los pobres.
Son amigos de los ricos que manejan el dinero.
Hoy día el rico cada vez tiene más y los pobres menos.
Saludos. Laura

Olga Ricci said...

Una serie preciosa. Me encantan los encuadres y tu manera de ver las estructuras y la arquitectura del lugar.
Saludos.

WhatKarenSees said...

Wonderful photos to go with your thought provoking commentary. A great post!!!!

BERMAXO said...

Fotos muy trabajadas y conseguidas saludos

SKIZO said...

Excelent