Grace Baey is a Singapore-based photographer and videographer with an interest in social issues. With a background in human geography, her personal work explores issues of social marginalisation, with particular focus on the transgender community and low-waged migrant workers in Singapore. She has field experience working on photography and video assignments in countries around Southeast Asia and South Asia. She is also a 2015 alumni of the Angkor professional workshops in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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"This is my last life"
Set in the rural town of Batu Arang, Malaysia, Positive Living Community (PLC) offers a place of refuge for those shunned and rejected by society. The majority of residents are HIV patients, and people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction.
For many, it is a place away from stigma and discrimination, and where residents find shelter, treatment, and social support. It is also where they hope for a new life.
Many have tried restarting their lives several times over. In the words of 28 year-old Rakesh, a former alcohol addict, “This is my last life.” And he’s trying to live it for the best.
The journey towards recovery has its ups and downs for sure, as people battle with past addictions, regrets, and hurts, whilst trying to live life anew. It is where they take stock of life’s journey to rebuild relationships, and find a way forward.