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User Image jsadiq Posted: Jan 14, 2018 4:12 PM (UTC)
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A night of national issues festooned with the national flower and wrapped up with the national flag.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad took to the stage in the heart of Datuk Keramat, a suburb straddling the Ampang and Ulu Klang districts where swanky condominiums and upmarket houses dot what used to be wooden houses among coconut trees.

These people here prospered in his time in power, their lit homes as bright as the flickering lights of the Petronas Twin Towers just miles away.

Dr Mahathir resigned as prime minister 15 years ago, after successfully winning 5 general elections with super majorities that kept him in power for 22 years but now seeks to unseat another successor in polls due this year.

Will he succeed, having crossed the aisle to join his life-long political foes to fight his former party and coalition, bidding to be the country's oldest prime minister at 92 years old?

Is it a clash of egos, personalities, politics and philosophies or just a power grab for a prosperous nation of 32 million people mired in a middle-income trap overtaken by neighbours with people hungrier for success and fortunes?

One last question, are we bereft of young politicians and leaders to take over or we just don't care as long as it is someone else helming the ship of state because we're still divided as a people?

Tanahair. Bunga Raya. Jalur Gemilang. Malaysian. Words that define us.

#malaysia #kualalumpur #politics #olympus #em1ii #m43
User Image jsadiq Posted: Jan 6, 2018 8:00 PM (UTC)
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Atta, some birds and St Paul's Cathedral.

Don't get me wrong, the birds were of the feathered and winged kind that enjoyed the chilly wintry air as much as Atta did.

But Atta was there for more than just the sights and sounds of London. He was there with family to celebrate his grandson's birthday.

For him, a great time. For me, it was a good time to enjoy my Atta's company.

He's a man built for travel, adventure and curiosity, who wanted to see and know, taste and enjoy the best of life. And we both did it together with the grandsons.

So let's see where else we can travel and see the rest of the world, Atta.

Goodbye London, you've been too kind.

#london #streetphotography #family #travel #leicacl
User Image jsadiq Posted: Jan 3, 2018 11:03 AM (UTC)
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Rain. Black taxi. Red telephone booth.

Everything that says loudly and proudly it's London, capital city of the once mighty British Empire.

One of the greatest cities in the world, where Malaysians gravitate, annually.

#london #streetphotography #note8
User Image jsadiq Posted: Dec 31, 2017 7:08 AM (UTC)
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The Atta Travels.

Atta finally used his passport to travel to the United Kingdom to see his grandson studying here.

The last time he took a flight was maybe 50 years ago when Subang was still new and airports and jet planes were smaller. Over the years, he'd only drive or take the train to Penang or Singapore, nowhere else unlike my mum.

The crisp cold air was familiar to him despite it being his first time here. He used to operate a shop at Genting Highlands in the 1970s when it was colder and mistier.

So in flat cap, cane and cardigan, Atta took to London, skipping the shopping streets and instead browsing through Borough Market and enjoying the nip in the air that's in Hyde Park.

And spending time with his grandsons. It might be one of the coldest winters ever but family is all the warmth you need to make it through to the new year and beyond.

#kandaqstan #mamakdiaries #london #family #newyear #leicacl
User Image jsadiq Posted: Dec 22, 2017 3:58 PM (UTC)

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December high for January Low.

The Indian classical dancer known for her Bharatanatyam and Odisi performances gave a scintillating solo performance in an unique dance theatre titled Dedicated.

It was a mesmerising and intoxicating display of her talent and wit to relate a tale of dancing and womanhood through complex steps, facial expressions and gestures.

And complete with an at times humorous narration by Ghafir Akhbar to make sure we understood the tale unfolding in front of us.

#malaysia #bharatanatyam #odisi #dance #dancer #blackandwhite #monochrome #olympus #em1ii #m43
User Image jsadiq Posted: Dec 17, 2017 11:39 PM (UTC)
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It is always the music that brings them in. And out on the streets.

The famed 19th-century Saigon Opera House lies in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City and has been entertaining people through the decades.

These days, its Sunday mornings are filled with jazzy or bluesy tunes from the Saigon Big Band playing from the steps of its beautiful facade.

People stop by, some sit, others stand while a few straddle their bicycles and motorbikes to listen to snatches of music that speak to the soul.

#vietnam #hochiminhcity #saigonoperahouse #bigbandmusic #leicacl
User Image jsadiq Posted: Dec 5, 2017 12:41 AM (UTC)
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The sun rose across the ripening paddy fields in a rare clear day in December.

The farmers were out to harvest their hard work of the past six months.

While the rest of us look for full moons, sunsets and sunrises to make pretty our lives.

#sekinchan #sunrise #paddyfield #olympus #em1ii #m43
User Image jsadiq Posted: Nov 7, 2017 12:40 PM (UTC)
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"Make sure you have a good editor!" Prince Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor said when he found out I ran The Malaysian Insight.

The Prince of Wales was visiting the Prince of Wales Island as Penang was called when the British took possession on August 11, 1786.

This is the British heir's first visit to Malaysia, now part of the Commonwealth which groups all former British colonies and possessions.

We spoke about journalism and the challenges of covering news, government views, social media and fake news.

A charming prince, good with the small talk and definitely a man who is well-read.

#penang #british #princecharles #s7edge #monochrome
User Image jsadiq Posted: Nov 3, 2017 4:18 AM (UTC)
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She waits for her parents, a rainbow umbrella in hand to shield from sun and rain.

She's lucky to be alive & with her parents, who are among the thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar for safety and shelter in Bangladesh.

Some 800,000 refugees are now in Bangladesh & among them thousands of orphans, awaiting a better future and the world's mercy.

International aid groups such as MERCY Malaysia have set up clinics, brought relief, aid, and rudimentary education for them.

But more needs to be done or the Rohingyas will just stay in the camps forever, alive but stuck in miserable conditions.

#bangladesh #coxsbazar #balukhali #rohingya #mercymalaysia #olympus #em1ii #m43
User Image jsadiq Posted: Nov 2, 2017 5:39 AM (UTC)
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Like a line of colourful madonnas each bearing a little child, these Rohingya women queue up at a MERCY Malaysia clinic in the Balukhali Refugee Camp in Bangladesh.

Unlike the real Madonna and the Holy Infant, any manger would seem to be a mansion to these Rohingya women who have no access to medical care back home in Myanmar.

They fled with nothing but their children to Bangladesh since August, seeking shelter and safety from the violence in Myanmar.

Everyday, they wait patiently for treatment and to get vitamins, food and other supplies in all refugee camps in Bangladesh.

As of end October, some 600,000 refugees have crossed the border, joining the more than 200,000 already in Bangladesh.

Their future is uncertain, their fate now is to wait until the world can decide where to resettle them.

Until then, aid workers, doctors and others from the world over, including Malaysia, help the Rohingyas as much as they possibly can.

#bangladesh #coxsbazar #balukhali #rohingya #mercymalaysia #olympus #em1ii #m43
User Image jsadiq Posted: Nov 1, 2017 1:50 AM (UTC)
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Sometimes, the only rainbow is the one you hold.

And so it is with the lottery of life, the chance of taking this picture or being the subject is equal.

Yet, to be in a refugee camp in the 21st century says a lot about humankind. To live in a shelter, to pump groundwater, to wait for charity, to wonder your future in miserable and bleak surroundings - that is the lot of the Rohingyas.

The Rohingyas are probably the world's most unwanted people, fleeing from violence in Myanmar and ending up in ever-expanding refugee camps in Bangladesh.

The world is responding to this crisis, racing to provide, trying to resolve but helpless in the face of one fact - the Rohingyas will be this century's Palestinians.

But we must try, just like the doctors and volunteers of MERCY Malaysia and all the other groups providing aid and relief to the Rohingyas.

#bangladesh #coxsbazar #balukhali #rohingyas #mercymalaysia #olympus #em1ii #m43
User Image jsadiq Posted: Oct 24, 2017 12:39 AM (UTC)
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People traipse about at a Cox's Bazar beach at dusk after the sun sets over the Bay of Bengal.

It's the world's longest stretch of sandy sea beach at 120km long and a local tourism attraction.

The pounding waves, superb surfs and spectacular sunsets attract both beach goers, tourists and a slowly disappearing group called the Beach Photographers of Cox's Bazar.

#bangladesh #coxsbazar #sunset #olympus #em1ii #m43
User Image jsadiq Posted: Oct 10, 2017 3:03 AM (UTC)

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Kassim Ahmad, September 9, 1933 — October 10, 2017.

The — for Saudara Kassim is probably longer than for most people I have known in life.

He was the great scholar, the public intellectual who pursued knowledge like no other. He studied everything with intensity and was curious about everything.

He had his opinions that were immutable as was his principles. He took no nonsense and sharply returned every volley thrown at him.

He had a prodigious output from his little office outside his Kulim home. The Qurans and books and files filled up the entire office save for the desk with a desktop for him to write his thoughts.

He received visitors from far and wide, had time for all and replied to all questions and thoughts.

The likes of Kassim Ahmad might never pass this way again, the person who thought it out, stood by it and fought for it.

God bless you, Kassim Ahmad. Deepest condolences to your family.

Your fight is now ours, sir.

Alfatihah.
User Image jsadiq Posted: Oct 5, 2017 11:01 PM (UTC)
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The Harvest Moon over Kuala Lumpur, where skyscrapers keep sprouting to reach the sky.

Seen here are the Petronas Twin Towers, the 88-storey towers that dominate the Malaysian capital city skyline.

Other skyscrapers there form the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, built on former racecourse of the Selangor Turf Club.

#malaysia #kualalumpur #fullmoon #leicatl2
User Image jsadiq Posted: Oct 1, 2017 2:40 PM (UTC)
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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel hitches a ride off Pascal Wehrlein after completing the Malaysian GP race in one of the more bizarre scenes seen throughout this year’s F1 season.

He was caught in a messy collision with Lance Stroll during the victory lap, forcing him to spin out with his rear wheel finding itself on top of his vehicle.

This was also the final Malaysian GP F1 race, the 19th in the edition in Malaysia. I saw the first few and now the last.

#malaysia #sepang #f1 #em1ii
User Image jsadiq Posted: Sep 16, 2017 6:14 PM (UTC)
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A Liverpool FC fan celebrates as his football hero M. Salah scores the equaliser in the home match against Burnley FC. Both teams drew the match 1-1.

This match celebrates the 125th anniversary of the first Liverpool FC game on September 1, 1892.

This was my first visit to Anfield, home of the Liverpool Football Club. Won't be my last, I hope.

#liverpoolfc #anfield #matchday #ynwa #leicatl2
User Image jsadiq Posted: Sep 11, 2017 12:47 AM (UTC)
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Zapin, the exuberant traditional Malay dance that brings smiles and joy to all and sundry at any occasion.

The original Zapin dance was a religious affair when brought by Arab traders to these shores in the 15th century but it has since evolved into various happy strains across the Malay peninsula.

Kuala Lumpur saw a three-day Main Zapin show this past week with dancers from many troupes of many ages dancing to rousing music from the gambus and percussion.

#malaysia #kualalumpur #zapin #leicatl2
User Image jsadiq Posted: Sep 10, 2017 1:17 PM (UTC)
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Eh macam menari pulak! — Dr Siti Hasmah Ali exclaims as she avoids cables on a truckbed in Kuala Lumpur today.

She and her daughter Marina Mahathir were part of a rare women's protest against toxic politics in Malaysia.

The protest drew nearly 500 women, all dressed in purple.

#malaysia #kualalumpur #wanitaungu #leicatl2
User Image jsadiq Posted: Sep 6, 2017 3:23 PM (UTC)
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Tommy Emmanuel, guitarist.

The famed Australian guitarist rocks Kuala Lumpur ahead of a show, jamming with the Jamie Wilson Trio in a city bar.

Without any formal training, he is known for his intense fingerstyle technique and percussive effects for a variety of genres from blues to country to rock. Truly a stellar performer.

#malaysia #kualalumpur #rock #leicatl2 #monochrome #blackandwhite
User Image jsadiq Posted: Sep 6, 2017 5:22 AM (UTC)
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It will take three generations to pay off the debts of the current government! — Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former Malaysian prime minister.

The 92-year-old and his allies in an opposition pact are out to unseat his old Barisan Nasional government now led by Najib Razak.

Both political coalitions are set for a showdown in Malaysia's 14th general elections due by August 2018.

#malaysia #politics #leicatl2 #monochrome #blackandwhite