Foreign Workers Deserve To Live Too

kota raya on sunday
Foreign immigrants enjoying their day off in the city.

Foreign workers hang out at an older part of the city just next to Chinatown around Kota Raya shopping mall on Sundays.

Some are degree holders from Burma or Vietnam but immigrated to Malaysia as there are too few jobs in their countries. Over here, as blue-collared workers, they are mostly treated with disdain and little respect. But if you look closer, they are just like you and I, who want a better life.

kota raya
Kota Raya shopping mall located just opposite Chinatown and a few blocks from Central Market – the city’s bohemian arts hub.

I hung out here during my secondary school days from Form 3 onwards. I just liked the area and still do. There is something very real about life here. I feel very real here. I dunno why. It just is. ;)

When the McDonald’s opposite Central Market just a few blocks down from here opened, I spent many days there just reading or doing my homework. Also, dated my high school sweetheart there a few times.

Incidentally, Kota Raya is also a good place for used (maybe stolen) mobile phones . Around the area are some of the oldest kopitiams (coffee shops) that serve some of the best local food.

2 Comments so far

  1. xes (unregistered) on July 5th, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    I truly concur what you have said about foreign workers in the country.

    Many are not aware that some of these foreigners are actually refugees. Unfortunately, Malaysia does not recognise refugee status and they di not treat illegal immigrants lightly. When I was serving my short stint as a volunteer at the KL Magistrate Court, I have seen these refugees being sentences to jail with whipping thrown into it despite insisting that they are refugees.

    Sad but true.

  2. freelunch2020 (unregistered) on July 6th, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

    hey xes, tks for dropping by. yes it’s really sad when i read about refugees being treated like criminals. we can only hope that malaysians will not accumulate too much bad karma, for what goes around comes around. perhaps deep down inside ppl who mistreat others feel that they themselves don’t deserve respect ;) another instance of projecting your own values on others, ie. i feel unworthy but will make others feel unworthy as i can’t deal with my own unworthiness. ;)
    hope to see u around.

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