Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Race relations never an issue in Sabah and Sarawak

..........."This is because there has been racial tolerance among the people for a very long time.

"Other than the Malays, Chinese and Indians, Sarawak has 33 ethnic groups, and we have been living peacefully together even before independence. I think there is no point in having such a law and we don't need it," said Awang Tengah on Friday, matter-of-factl

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I am staying in the middle of the Chinese community in Kota Kinabalu City. The first cousins of my children are consisting of:-

a. Kadazandusun
b. Chinese
c. Indian
d. Iranun
e. Brunei and
f. Bajau

My daughter speaks and writes better Chinese than many Chinese in Malaysia. My two sons are Americans.

I was brought up in a small district, synonymous to "The Cowboy Town of The East", Kota Belud. The multiracial community assimilation in this particular Cowboy Town has really reached its maturity level. It should be considered the right, if not the perfect "model of unity" in Malaysia. In spite of its very vogue name, most people in this town speak multilingual. One should not be suprised when encountering and hearing "The Chinese people, among them, arguing in local dialict better than their's".

The words "pagari", 'denakan", "tampinai", "langu' ", "bayau" and "sifu" are very much alive ever in this very unique Cowboy Town. No place for rules of the guns here. The town is very famous with "parang" NOT as a weapon but a decoration or a momento instead. The town is also famous with "kain dastar", a tradisional woven cloth by Iranun people. Dastar has been a shared tradition among indigenous people in Sabah for hundreds years.

Maybe, the proposed "law of racial tolerence" for the community of this Cowboy Town mere preceived as composition since the said law need to actually learn from them in the real sense.


alpha_angel said...

I totally agree with you.

It is true that race was never an issue in Sabah and Sarawak. That makes us unique because we can mix around with other races. Most of my friends are Kadazan, Chinese, Bajau and Brunei or any other races. I got no problem with them and we always drink coffee or tea at one table. :)

Boten_Trish said...

Race was never an issues for East Malaysians. We can still gather and sit in one table in a Chinese coffee shop. It doesn't matter if you are Chinese, Indian, Bajau, Kadazan, Melayu-Brunei. We are a unique and special state where it's people have high tolerance with other different races, ethnicity and religions.

Asmawati said...

ya betul... Di sabah & sarawak tak timbul isu kaum, bangsa & agama...
Saya orang Sabah. Famili saya besar dan ada yg menganut agama islam juga tapi kami tetap tinggal satu bumbung.. Ok ja pun...
Saya study 4 tahun d Kuching dan langsung tak perrnah timbul isu perkauman ata keagamaan dikalangan kawan2... Malah kami boleh makan di kedai food court sama2 and duduk satu meja walaupun makanan saya tak halal...
Kami saling menghormati satu sama lain..
saya harap takkan timbul isu perkauman di Borneo :)

Lavender said...

That's why I love being Sabahan...
I Love Sabah too... mmmuuuuuuuuuaaaksss :)

Keira said...

I’m extremely proud to be a Sabahan, reason as said in the article and others comments above...

Dell said...

While I’m studying at Sarawak I noticed that my Muslims freind are willing to sit in a restaurant which they knew sell pork . We are not ‘geli’ to share the same table though I eat kolo mee with char siew while they happily eating their nasi ayam. For me, as long as I don’t mix my food with them and they don’t touch what I eat we can enjoy our meal together :)
Ooo Thanks God I’m proud to be Sabahan and I love my sarawakians friends.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Sabah. I'm really proud to be a Sabahan. Our people can speak all kinds of languages which we learn from each other and it's a blessing!!

Anonymous said...

My former Secondary School is a school that consist various kind of people, all of them are the same. Friendly and open minded. That's what i like about my hometown!!

POP said...

Peace is in the air between Sabah and Sarawak. Races are one and we think the best for each other.

Joanne said...

Well, race should not be a reason to mingle with each other... so what if we had a different race... we still human not a monster.... we just live only for a while in this world.. everything is not ours..... we just borrow it from HIM.. so World Peace!

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Al-hadith :ثلاثةٌ قد حَرّمَ اللهُ - تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَى - عليهم الجنةَ : مُدْمِنُ الخمر ، والعاقّ ، والدّيّوثُ الذييُقِرُّ في أَهْلِهِ الخُبْثَ . رواه أحمد والنسائيErtinya : "Tiga yang telah Allah haramkan baginya Syurga : orang yang ketagih arak, si penderhaka kepada ibu bapa dan Si Dayus yang membiarkan maksiat dilakukan oleh ahli keluarganya" ( Riwayat Ahmad )


Ingatlah firman Allah Taala:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَتَّخِذُوا بِطَانَةً مِنْ دُونِكُمْ لَا يَأْلُونَكُمْ خَبَالًا وَدُّوا مَا عَنِتُّمْ قَدْ بَدَتِ الْبَغْضَاءُ مِنْ أَفْوَاهِهِمْ وَمَا تُخْفِي صُدُورُهُمْ أَكْبَرُ قَدْ بَيَّنَّا لَكُمُ الْآيَاتِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ (118) هَا أَنْتُمْ أُولَاءِ تُحِبُّونَهُمْ وَلَا يُحِبُّونَكُمْ وَتُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْكِتَابِ كُلِّهِ وَإِذَا لَقُوكُمْ قَالُوا آمَنَّا وَإِذَا خَلَوْا عَضُّوا عَلَيْكُمُ الْأَنَامِلَ مِنَ الْغَيْظِ قُلْ مُوتُوا بِغَيْظِكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ بِذَاتِ الصُّدُورِ (119)

Maksudnya: “Wahai orang-orang yang beriman! janganlah kamu mengambil orang-orang yang bukan dari kalangan kamu menjadi “orang dalam” (yang dipercayai). mereka tidak akan berhenti-henti berusaha mendatangkan bencana kepada kamu. mereka sukakan apa yang menyusahkan kamu. telahpun nyata (tanda) kebencian mereka pada pertuturan mulutnya, dan apa yang disembunyikan oleh hati mereka lebih besar lagi. Sesungguhnya telah Kami jelaskan kepada kamu keterangan-keterangan itu jika kamu (mahu) memahaminya. Awaslah! kamu ini adalah orang-orang (yang melanggar larangan), kamu sahajalah yang suka (dan percayakan mereka, sedang mereka tidak suka kepada kamu. kamu juga beriman kepada Segala Kitab Allah (sedang mereka tidak beriman kepada Al-Quran). dan apabila mereka bertemu dengan kamu mereka berkata: “Kami beriman”, tetapi apabila mereka berkumpul sesama sendiri, mereka menggigit hujung jari kerana geram marah (kepada kamu), Katakanlah (Wahai Muhammad): “Matilah kamu Dengan kemarahan kamu itu”. Sesungguhnya Allah sentiasa mengetahui akan Segala (isi hati) yang ada di dalam dada.” [Ali Imran: 118 & 119]
تُولِجُ اللَّيْلَ فِي النَّهَارِ وَتُولِجُ النَّهَارَ فِي اللَّيْلِ وَتُخْرِجُ الْحَيَّ مِنَ الْمَيِّتِ وَتُخْرِجُ الْمَيِّتَ مِنَ الْحَيِّ وَتَرْزُقُ مَنْ تَشَاءُ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍآل عمران : 27

"Engkaulah (Wahai Tuhan) yang memasukkan waktu malam ke dalam waktu siang, dan Engkaulah yang memasukkan waktu siang ke dalam waktu malam. Engkaulah juga yang mengeluarkan sesuatu yang hidup dari benda yang mati, dan Engkaulah yang mengeluarkan benda yang mati dari sesuatu yang hidup. Engkau jualah yang memberi rezeki kepada sesiapa yang Engkau kehendaki, dengan tiada hitungan hisabnya".


“Siapa yang membantahmu tentang kisah Isa-Setelah engkau beroleh pengetahuan yang meyakinkan tentang hal itu, maka katakanlah kepada mereka : Marilah kita panggil (kumpulan) anak-anak kami dan anak-anak kalian, isteri-isteri kami, dan isteri-isteri kalian, diri-diri kami dan diri-diri kalian, kemudian kita bermubahalah kepada Allah, mohon agar Allah menjatuhkan laknat-Nya kepada pihak yang berdusta.” (Ali Imran : 61)