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PHOTOGRAPHER: SUZANNE & SANJIT

Jamal

As a farmer in Bangladesh, Jamal planted rice, wheat, and maize on the land he sold for 120,000 Bangladeshi Taka in his search for better opportunities in Malaysia. Upon arrival, he spent 8 years working as an illegal immigrant in a car wash. Under the 6P Programme, he obtained amnesty and eventually – legal status. 

Since then, he has worked numerous jobs throughout his 11 years in Malaysia: gardener, electrician, plumber, and now construction worker, where he makes about RM2,000 – 2,500 a month. Back home, his family relies on him for financial support – the needs are endless – on top of the bribes necessary to get a job there. With his savings, he has bought land in Bangladesh, where he one day hopes to set up his own warehouse business storing large quantities of rice and wheat.


ISO: 50 | Aperture: f/2.2 | Shutter: 1/210s