"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:-
e. Brunei and
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.