Sunday, September 16, 2007

Two extreme ends

Its early Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month. The streets of Kuala Lmpur are busy with shoppers. But among the happiness, there is sadness, even in the early part of the month. Shoppers are busy queing up at the paying counter of the Carrefour hypermarket, these people are the rich ones. There are 42 paying counters in all, and all are full of waiting customers.

But a few kilometer way, near another shopping complex, I spied this old lady waiting, begging with her empty bowl, earning probably a few RM for the day to feed herself (and probably her children).

Its a stark extreme in this country of paradise.

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