The Digital Journalist
©Steve Raymer
Seemingly invisible to passersby, a homeless Indian-Malay man sleeps in the shade of an overpass in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Driven from rubber and palm oil plantations that have been turned into suburbs and shopping malls, Tamil-speaking Indians cling to the bottom rungs of the economic ladder in Malaysia, a country aspiring to First World status. As many as 20,000 poor Indian-Malays are considered second-class citizens with no access to government assistance because they lack identity cards or marriage or birth certificates.