MALAYSIAN TANKA ECHOES 61: BEGGAR AND MANAGER
finds good place to beg
provides shelter, food and clothes
survival for both
exploitation of needy
symbiosis in harsh world
A common street scene in Malaysia. A blind or disabled beggar is led by a an abled person to beg. Most people are suspicious of the abled person, thinking it is an exploitation. However, the blind or crippled would be killed crossing our streets; even the abled take a small risk in our traffic. Left alone, the beggar would starve and unsheltered. Today we met such a partnership, and the “manager” just poured out her grievances to share. She found the old man helpless in the street. Took pity on him and brought him to her place. She was widowed for decades with two working kids now, meagre income. Her children resented that. Recently her petty trading was not doing well. She set up a place in front of the bank, selling sweets; most people pay a dollar or two, many times the cost of the sweets.