Sabah & Sarawak where 1Malaysia is a reality

By Carolyn Hong

September 2013 ALL OVER THE PLACE
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Sabah and Sarawak are often said to embody the true 1Malaysia. Their famed acceptance of multiracialism is my own experience here too, and it seems to have something to do with the way they perceive ethnicity.Mariana Taliban still sounded perturbed when she recounted how an American visitor to her village in Sabah reacted to her name some years ago. He appeared genuinely frightened of her until she explained that although she was Muslim, she was no extremist. Taliban just happened...

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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.