I lived and grew up in a small fishing village at the seaside in Pengerang, Southern Malaysia for 18 years before pursuing my education in Singapore 8 years ago. Unfortunately, Pengerang is undergoing demolition due to the construction of an oil refinery that began in year 2011.
The most recent problem encountered by the villagers, which is the relocation of residential estates, has brought my attention to the issue of living space as one of the basic human needs. The Malaysian government's act of compensating villagers with a new house does not solve the problem. The destruction of habitat is able to impact one's life radically, this issue has piqued my curiosity in the way humans define their living space.