Saturday, January 16, 2021

Photos

The city sleeps again

These sets of pictures taken at seven major roads in Kuala Lumpur show life in the city before and after the movement control order was reinstated this week, bringing back memories of the first lockdown in March 2020.

Fording the floods in Pahang

Each year, monsoon rains pound the east coast forcing the evacuation of thousands as floods leave vehicles, roads and even houses underwater. But residents have described this year's flooding as the worst in half a century with tens of thousands evacuated in Pahang alone.

The night before Christmas at a small city church

Churches, like most organisations, have gone online this year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the government's recent announcement that services will be allowed has seen some, like this small church in Ara Damansara, hurrying to get things ready by Christmas Day. (Note: masks were worn except for photo purposes.)

The high-level team doing high-level work

Not for the faint of heart: the Ropewerks team goes where no one else does to do the jobs no one else can, at dizzying heights where everything boils down to guts.

Fishing around during the MCO

Like everyone else in the country, Rizam Zakariya became housebound when the Covid-19 lockdown was enforced earlier this year. But the time spent at home allowed him to rediscover his childhood hobby of rearing Siamese fighting fish, also known as betta fish.

Deepavali in a scrap yard

G Bootheswaran works at a scrap company in Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur. This year marks his eighth Deepavali celebration away from his family in Chennai, India, as the Covid-19 pandemic increases his workload and keeps country borders closed.

Swapping travel for grocery runs

With a pandemic wreaking havoc around the world, barely anyone is travelling anymore – but everyone still needs to eat. Mohd Saddam Irrban goes from tour agency operator to grocery delivery man for customers unwilling or unable to shop for themselves.

Ex-drug hub goes green with community veggie plot

Flat Colombia in Taman Keramat, just a few minutes' drive from the iconic Kuala Lumpur Twin Towers, has a dark past. It was once a hub of illicit drug activities but today, its thriving community garden is the pride of residents. The 'rehabilitation' was thanks to help from a commercial bank which allowed for the use of a plot of land.

A session with the bone-setting master

Chris Leong aka 'Sifu Chris' specialises in treating those struggling with aches and pains through the use of a method known as 'tit tar'.

At home, but eyes on the job

Mohd Rafiz Zainal has two decades of experience as an optician and has worked with major brands involved in the profession. Still, it was tough when he finally ventured out on his own as he could not get a loan for the expensive equipment he needed. Today, though, he runs a successful optician shop, right from his living room.

From 5-star hotels to 5-foot ways

Before the MCO, Mohd Zawawi Jusoh and his wife, Khatijah Haji Musa, performed at hotels like The Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur and Hilton Petaling Jaya, but now they are struggling to find a spot on the road.

Life on the ocean waves for Sabah’s water villages

Just 10 minutes from Sabah's capital Kota Kinabalu lies Pulau Gaya, where a community of people live in shacks built on stilts, popularly known as water villages.

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