Hi, hey, hello.
How is everyone doing? I hope you are enjoying a good bowl of sup tulang from Maju Maju if you are in Subang or a good cup of Milo as you nestle deeper under your covers.
The weather in New York has been shifting from 23 celsius to 11 celsius in a day. I no longer need a fan as I sit outside in my kitchen writing this letter to you. My body isn’t taking the transition very well with a lingering cough that interrupts my concentration in class. Thank god for free flu shots, with health insurance that is, at my school’s health services.
I have been avoiding KUL like the plague for a few weeks now, although it lingers in the back of my mind as I binge watch American Horror Story season 1.
This side project of mine is my baby and I love it for what it is, but I do feel that we have lost direction throughout the months of its birth. The whole point of this is to give the youths of Malaysia a voice, but we have neglected a large population of our desired segment. Our contributors who although have distinct voices are still those who represent only a small class of people in Malaysia.
Don’t get me wrong. We have tried to approach various groups of people, but we either get silence or “no lah, me? Cannot lah.”
It would be easier if we operated solely in Malaysia, however, that cannot be done at the present time. We can only rely on a handful of contributors back home as our sounding board, but even then, our resources are limited.
As of now, I have no right answer to the problem.
With that said, though, we are working on some projects that might help bridge this gap. One of which is the brainchild of Ammar Haziq.
Think a KL-based Humans of New York, with room for expansion to other states, of course. The team will be interviewing the minorities of KL, such as punks, skins, transgenders, homeless people, rempits, refugees, and immigrants.
The reason behind this project is that we stigmatise and isolate these groups of people despite how open-minded and liberal we think we are.
“Even though we helped serve a homeless person or a refugee, we never visit or talk to them again. We never say hi or have a chat with them even when we were giving service, let alone when we see them on the streets,” Ammar tells me.
Ultimately, the goal of this project is to raise awareness by reducing the stigma attached to these groups, particularly rempits and punks.
A lot of the time, we are so focused on what is happening in the States or other Western countries, that we fail to see what is really happening in our own backyard. Yes, we believe that Black Lives Matter, but how do we advocate for a cause that we have no direct impact on?
I believe by returning our gaze to our immediate environment, we have a greater ability to bring change.
If you or anyone you know is interested in a project like this, do contact us at contactkulmagazine[at]gmail.com or tweet us questions at @thisiskul.
We extend this invitation to everyone and anyone.
The only requirements for this project are that you are dedicated, self-motivated, and a team player. To be specific, we welcome all creatives to take part in this project, such as photographers, videographers, and writers.
Again, jangan malu ok.