The Borneo Market – Celebrating East Malaysia in Serdang

loading The colourful handicraft stall of Jessie Iting Olah.

Sabahans and Sarawakians gather every Saturday morning to introduce their wares – and culture – to their Malaysian brethren.

The populations on both sides often don’t know each other well – as greatly proven by the Sarawak state election in May 2016 – and the market is one way of introducing the cultural life and people of Sabah and Sarawak to Peninsular Malaysians. This can only be a good thing at a time of heightened political animosity between East and West, with each seeing the other as political adversaries rather than simply citizens of the same country.

The reception was initially slow, but it is gaining traction and more traders are now asking to join this weekly bazaar held every Saturday morning.


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