The political disposition of rural peoples has become of increasing interest as an urban-rural divide appears to have become one of the more important divisions in Malaysia. So what is the lay of the land?
It was the day that the two policemen were acquitted of the murder of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaariibuu. None of us here in Ba Kelalan heard the news until a visitor who had just arrived from KL checked the Internet and told us about it. Otherwise, I imagine it would have taken days before anyone noticed. When living in a village so far off the beaten track, news from the capital quickly becomes secondary to our daily lives.
Ba Kelalan lies in the highlands of north Sarawak, and is closer to Indonesia, whose border is just 4km away, than to the nearest Malaysian town of Lawas, which is 150km away.
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