The Borneo Market – Celebrating East Malaysia in Serdang

By Carolyn Hong

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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. Vegetables popular in Bornean cuisine are sold at the market.From a distance, the 20 red canopies set in a row look like part of any other weekend market. But get closer, and you will be intrigued by the exotic offerings of bunches of dark green leaves, pale palm shoots, leafwrapped packages and tantalising sweet cakes.These would be familiar to those acquainted with...

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Carolyn Hong

lives in Ba Kelalan sometimes, in KL sometimes. A former journalist who once chased the big stories for a regional newspaper, she now hunts for the small stories in Malaysia’s smallest places.