Jalan Cochrane Government Quarters is set to become IKEA Cochrane (and more condominiums)

After learning the completion of tunnel boring work from the Cochrane to Pasar Rakyat station of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line , I decided to compile information on Jalan Cochrane. Jalan Cochrane used to be a quiet, leafy, close knit neighbourhood filled with rows and rows of quaint pre-war government quarters but sadly, the quarters were unfairly … Continue reading Jalan Cochrane Government Quarters is set to become IKEA Cochrane (and more condominiums)

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Why the monarchy isn’t any better than democratically elected leaders (when it comes to selling off public land for their own benefit)

It seems that Sultan Johor has sold off 116 acres of prime land on the Johor Bahru waterfront (where the old Customs, Immigration and Quarantine was sited) to a China-based developer. So there you go, public land being sold off not just to any developer, but to a foreign-based developer. Read the full article at The … Continue reading Why the monarchy isn’t any better than democratically elected leaders (when it comes to selling off public land for their own benefit)

The New York Times: Inequality Is a Choice By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ

The Great Divide | October 13, 2013, 9:06 pm It’s well known by now that income and wealth inequality in most rich countries, especially the United States, have soared in recent decades and, tragically, worsened even more since the Great Recession. But what about the rest of the world? Is the gap between countries narrowing, … Continue reading The New York Times: Inequality Is a Choice By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ

Matt Damon reads from Howard Zinn’s speech “The Problem is Civil Obedience” (November 1970)

http://vimeo.com/48834336 Transcript of Matt Damon's speech: I start from the supposition that the world is topsy-turvy, that things are all wrong, that the wrong people are in jail and the wrong people are out of jail, that the wrong people are in power and the wrong people are out of power, that the wealth is … Continue reading Matt Damon reads from Howard Zinn’s speech “The Problem is Civil Obedience” (November 1970)

Child poverty in Britain is causing ‘social apartheid’

Report from leading British charity blames 'failure of political will' as it finds poor children have fewer life chance. Jamie Doward and Taytula Burke The Observer, Saturday 24 August 2013 22.15 BST Britain risks "sleepwalking into a world where inequality becomes so entrenched that our children grow up in a state of social apartheid", according … Continue reading Child poverty in Britain is causing ‘social apartheid’

Residential Segregation by Income, 1970-2009

Excerpts from: Residential Segregation by Income 1970-2009 Kendra Bischoff Cornell University Sean F. Reardon Stanford University By any of the measures we examine, segregation of families by socioeconomic status has grown significantly in the last 40 years. The proportion of families living in poor or affluent neighborhoods doubled from 15 percent to 33 percent and … Continue reading Residential Segregation by Income, 1970-2009

The Parallels and Uncanny Similarities between USA’s and Malaysia’s Gentrification Policies

Excerpts from: Gentrification, Displacement and New Urbanism:The Next Racial Project* by University of Missouri-Columbia Wave three emerged in the 1990s and continues to the present day. In this wave, gentrification becomes a part of "New Urbanism" (Smith 2002), a development strategy that uses colorblind neoliberal free market ideologies to justify its policies. This shift separates … Continue reading The Parallels and Uncanny Similarities between USA’s and Malaysia’s Gentrification Policies

The 2012 Auditor General report on DBKL

Good citizens of Kuala Lumpur, do you know how well DBKL spends our taxpayers' money? Below are some of Auditor-General's report on DBKL in 2012. DBKL awarded City Orchard Park project worth RM17.25 million to Zikhtar Associates Sdn. Bhd via direct negotiation without the approval of Ministry of Finance. The City Orchard Park project failed because … Continue reading The 2012 Auditor General report on DBKL