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MALAYSIA DAILY LIFE

Collection pictures of Malaysia daily life.

34 pictures and featured on Chinese New Year, QIngMing Festival, El Nino phenomenon, wet season, Malaysia police day, Holy Week prayer and daily life taken in the capital of Kuala Lumpur city center.

Photo by Daniel Chan

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PENANG DAILY LIFE

A very nice professional lady photographer give me an advice once about my career and I always keep it in my mind. -The problem with news photography is that you are always competing with other photographers, All I can say is develop sharp elbows and be pushy. Just keep shooting and trying different things until you’re comfortable with your own style. The only other thing I would add is, find a long term story that you want to work on, and stick with it. Study other photographers’ work, analyse how they have grown from the beginning of their work to where they are now.

3 weeks back, I’ve been assigned to Penang Island for an assignment on Penang Heritage in Georgetown. I spent 3 days walked around Georgetown and captured some daily life pictures at Little India, Chulia Road, Chew Jetty, China House and Fort Cornwallis.

As you know, GeorgeTown is the capital of the state of Penang in Malaysia. Named after Britain’s King George III, George Town is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island. The inner city has a population of 510,996 and the metropolitan area known as George Town Conurbation which consists of Penang Island, Seberang Prai, Kulim and Sungai Petani has a combined population of 2,251,792, making it the second largest city in Malaysia.

GeorgeTown has been ranked as the most liveable city in Malaysia, eighth most liveable in Asia and the 62nd in the world in 2010 by ECA International and On 7 July 2008, George Town was formally inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is officially recognised as having a unique architectural and cultural townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia.

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PHOTO ESSAY- FOREIGN TRADERS

My Recent observation at the Selayang wet market found foreigners occupying a significant space in the vegetables section. Based on interviews with several local Chinese sellers in the area, most of the foreigners were made up of those from Bangladesh and Myanmar. The locals further alleged that these foreigners did not have a business license.

I recently visited the Selayang wet market in Kuala Lumpur after receiving complaints from local traders that foreigners were operating illegally there. They said every time enforcement action was taken against these illegal traders, they would return a  few days later. The local traders said they had been facing this problem for the past 10 years.

The main concern of the locals was that these foreigners were selling low-quality vegetables at a lower price. Based on further observation, this problem is not only affecting the Selayang wet market but also other major wet markets around Kuala Lumpur.

Some traders are worried that this problem, coupled with the coming Goods and Services Tax (GST), may result in further losses for them.

It is learned that some of these foreigners started off working for local businessmen at the market. Later on, they began to venture out into business on their own.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/new-media/2015/01/19/mercy-foreign-traders/#ixzz3Pu2Np5dg

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THE LION HEAD MAKER: THE LOST TRADITION

Performed during Chinese New Year as well as other traditional, cultural and religious festivals, the lion dance makes up a huge part of the Chinese culture. The Rakyat Post photographer Daniel Chan documents the process involved in the making of the lion’s head at Taman Desa Pandan in Selangor. Craftsman Wong Soon Fai, 53, produces two styles of southern lion heads, the Fut San (Buddha Mountain) and Hok San (Crane Mountain), with both originating from the Guangdong province in China. According to Wong, rattan as a material is favoured over the traditional bamboo-made lion heads due to its lightness and pliability as it does not snap like bamboo, putting the lion head operator at the risk of injuries.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/new-media/2014/12/09/art-lion-head-making/#ixzz3MjoyHmuA

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A TRAVEL EPIPHANY: RATTLING TOWARDS BANGKOK

In an age of instant gratification, a rail journey may not be most holidaymakers’ carriage of choice, especially those on short vacations. However, it may still appeal to some who have the time to kick back and enjoy the scenery. I took a 33-hours train ride from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok and chronicled my fellow passengers along the way to captured the daily life on people who are abroad the same train. 

From KL Sentral, my first stop is at Padang Besar, Kedah for customs checked and after that the train continued to Hat Yai, Thailand. It takes 13 hours and the distance from KL Sentral to Hat Yai is 532KM. 

From Hat Yai, I bought a train ticket and continued my journey to Bangkok with State Railway of Thailand train and it takes 20 hours and the distance from Hat Yai to Bangkok is 941KM.

SRT was founded as the Royal State Railways of Siam (RSR) in 1890. Construction of the Bangkok-Ayutthaya railway (71 km or 44 mi), the first part of the Northern Line, was started in 1891 and completed on May 23, 1892. The Thonburi-Phetchaburi line (150 km or 93 mi), later the Southern Line, was opened on June 19, 1903.

My photo essay published in TheRakyatPost new media site.

http://www.therakyatpost.com/new-media/2014/08/10/travel-epiphany-rattling-towards-bangkok/#ixzz3AYI3Gip1

 

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DAILY LIFE

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A night view of Sultan Abdul Samad building at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. 28, May, 2014. Christian activist plans to organise a rally at Dataran Merdeka if the bibles seized from the  Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) are destroyed. Photo by Daniel Chan

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Women passengers are seen in a coach for ladies komuter in Kuala Lumpur. 29, May, 2014. KTM Komuter Ladies Coach is introduced in an effort to provide female commuters with comfortable and safe journey, avoiding the risks of sexual harassment in a congested environment. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A girl is posed for photograph along the mural arts at Lake Garden, Kuala Lumpur. 1, June, 2014. The KL Orchid and Bonsai Show 2014 are held in Lake Garden to attract orchids and bonsai lover and tourists. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A man is looking at the bonsai tree during the KL Orchid and Bonsai Show 2014 at Lake Garden, Kuala Lumpur. 1, June, 2014. The KL Orchid and Bonsai Show 2014 are held in Lake Garden to attract orchids and bonsai lover and tourists. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A girl is sit on a swing  during the visit to Lake Garden, Kuala Lumpur. 1, June, 2014. The KL Orchid and Bonsai Show 2014 are held in Lake Garden to attract orchids and bonsai lover and tourists. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A boy offered his prayer to Lord Muruga at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur. 2, June, 2014. Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A general view inside the Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur. 2, June, 2014. Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A tourist taking photograph with her mobile phone inside the Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur. 2, June, 2014. Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A curious baby monkey is seen stand between the steel gate at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur. 2, June, 2014. Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A woman feeds the pigeons at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur. 2, June, 2014. Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill. Batu Caves is also the name of the nearby village. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A worker is seen worked under the hot sun at the construction site in Kuala Lumpur. 4, June, 2014. An influential parliamentary committee said that it will haul in the Home ministry to explain its faulty databases which make it impossible to track the number of foreign workers in the country. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A boy walked infront the water fountain displayed the Seri Perdana building in Putrajaya . 6, June, 2014. Human Rights Commission of Malaysia urges Putrajaya to set up a special court to solve cases of human trafficking after Malaysia dropped to the lowest ranking in the United States annual human trafficking report. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A painter draw a portrait for tourists in Putrajaya . 6, June, 2014. Human Rights Commission of Malaysia urges Putrajaya to set up a special court to solve cases of human trafficking after Malaysia dropped to the lowest ranking in the United States annual human trafficking report. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A man walked pass the giant billboard in Kuala Lumpur. 10, June, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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Malaysian queen of rock Ella posed for photograph during the launch of her new album at Hard Rock Cafe in Kuala Lumpur. 10, June, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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An aerial view of a man walked inside the open air carpark in Kuala Lumpur. 11, June, 2014. The former prime minister said that retaining some trade barriers was necessary to protect local industries, but also acknowledged that Southeast Asia’s third largest economy needs to improve its competitiveness, regional business publication Nikkei Asian Review reported. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A boy slided down from the water pillar at the water park in Kuala Lumpur. 11, June, 2014. The effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon will start to be felt in Peninsular Malaysia at the end of this year or early next year, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Society. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A man is seen arranged the bananas for sale outside Kuala Lumpur. 12, June, 2014. The Malaysian economy is seeing a more balanced growth on the back of sustained growth globally and better growth of its major trading partners. Photo by Daniel Chan

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Malaysian football supporters gathered at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur to watched the first match of World Cup 2014 live between Brazil and Croatia. 13, June, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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Football jersey for the World Cup 2014 is on sale in a mall in Kuala Lumpur. 16, June, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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During the world cup season, Malaysian youth played football in the afternoon under the hot sun outside Kuala Lumpur. 16, June, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A handicapped man taking risk crossed the steel drain cover with his wheelchair as the front tyre can stuck in between the cover and cause serious injury in Kuala Lumpur. 17, June, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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Felda settlers gathered infront the house of parliament to protest against the Malaysia Palm Oil Board to issues licenses in Kuala Lumpur. 18, June, 2014.  Parliament rejected a petition by Pakatan Rakyat on behalf of 3,015 Felda settlers who are asking to be given small-scale licences by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and refused to allow it to be read in the sitting. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A man is gazed out from the House of Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur. 18, June, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A worker taking risk installed the safety net without attach to any safety equipment outside Kuala Lumpur. 18, June, 2014. An influential parliamentary committee said that it will haul in the Home ministry to explain its faulty databases which make it impossible to track the number of foreign workers in the country. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A boy laughed during a class session in a Hospital School outside Kuala Lumpur. 18, June, 2014. Education Ministry of Malaysia introduced School in Hospital to help young patients who are admitted in a hospital. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A 47 years old Jeeya Nagapan a contract worker picked up rubbish in a drain thrown by the public in Kuala Lumpur. 19, June, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A unique interior design of an escalator that goes from Brickfields to the NU Sentral Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur. 20, June, 2014. Photo by Daniel Chan

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During weekend and the last day of school holiday, parents bring their children to waterfall to swims due to the hot weather cause by the hazed outside Kuala Lumpur. 22, June, 2014. The effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon will start to be felt in Peninsular Malaysia at the end of this year or early next year, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Society. Photo by Daniel Chan

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A boy played alone at waterfall during hot weather due to hazed outside Kuala Lumpur. 22, June, 2014. The effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon will start to be felt in Peninsular Malaysia at the end of this year or early next year, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Society. Photo by Daniel Chan


DAILY LIFE

SNOW WHITE THE MUSICAL BEHIND THE SCENES

1) KUALA LUMPUR 18 November 2013. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Musical rehearsal at The Amphitheatre, Sunway Lagoon. SunDaily/Daniel Chan

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2) KUALA LUMPUR 18 November 2013. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Musical rehearsal at The Amphitheatre, Sunway Lagoon. SunDaily/Daniel Chan

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3) KUALA LUMPUR 18 November 2013.  The prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Musical is resting during the rehearsal at The Amphitheatre, Sunway Lagoon. SunDaily/Daniel Chan

MARRYING ME A NEW MUSCIAL

4) KUALA LUMPUR 21 November 2013. Marrying Me- A New Musical at KLPAC, Kuala Lumpur. SunDaily/Daniel Chan

HUMAN INTEREST/ TOLL

5) KUALA LUMPUR 22 November 2013. A man is seen promoting the Touch n Go card on the road before entering the toll to Federal Highway, Kuala Lumpur. SunDaily/Daniel Chan

HUMAN INTEREST/ SCHOOL HOLIDAY

6) KUALA LUMPUR 26 November 2013. A group of students follow the school trip to visit the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur during school holiday. SunDaily/Daniel Chan

OFFICIAL OPENING OF HAMLEYS MALAYSIA

7) KUALA LUMPUR 29 November 2013. A boy is holding a toy car display on the table during the Official Opening of Hamleys Malaysia at 1 Utama Shopping Centre. SunDaily/Daniel Chan

HUMAN INTEREST/ RAIN

8) KUALA LUMPUR 02 December 2013. A man use a newspaper as umbrella to cover his head due to the heavy rain at Jalan Sultan Ismail. The weather in Malaysia is characterised by two monsoon regimes, namely, the Southwest Monsoon from late May to September, and the Northeast Monsoon from November to March. SunDaily/Daniel Chan