It’s time we got to know you, East Malaysia

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Our Borneo brethren can teach us a thing or two about living in diversity, while we can certainly give them the attention they deserve.

Malaysia Day has not been celebrated with much gusto in Malaysia for many years now, and it was no different last September 16. The festivities were perfunctory… but there was one pretty special exhibition in KL.

In exploring what it meant to be Malaysian, the fortnight-long exhibition in a shopping mall was refreshingly candid. One particularly thoughtful installation was by a young Sabahan artist, Yee I-Lann, who pulled no punches in putting across her views.

Using only a smattering of words in her visual installation, she nevertheless spoke volumes about the neglect suffered by the states in East Malaysia.


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