I am really not sure whether I understand what the writer is trying to convey here.If it is an attempt at creative writing or a tongue in cheek than he failed on both counts.
It blows wide open the writer's attempt at juggling the reality of our diverse cultures in the East, where we live side by side and yet found no discomfort with each other.Nor do we have an issue in sharing the same God.
We, East Malaysians do know the geographical difference of the Occidental West from the western part of this nation and unlike you guys we certainly don't conjure images of Western imperialism as something confined to US Army and the irresistible Coke.Neither, do we watch too much Fox super serial or 'E' channel.It gives us indigestion.
Surely, if you are from Selangor you would say so, unless, there is some degree of ignorance and foolishness on your part or worse still if you are suffering from a pseudo-superiority complex and think Sabah and Sarawak are third world countries somewhere in the South Pacific.
An American from California certainly wouldn't tell a New Yorker in New York that he came from America.
As a matter of fact (the Filipinos would pronounce it as 'as a matter of fuck') we are the bigger Malaysia.Our land mass is three times bigger than Peninsula Malaysia.Not only are we bigger in size we have also contributed more to the Federal coffers than what we got back in return.But, being ingenuous people we really don't mind to help out.
Poor Eddie! I must tell you, ignorance is not bliss, it's dangerous.There is no such thing as Sarawakian nationality, it's provincial term, just an analogy.
You certainly can call yourself Sarawakian while in the country but not if your are outside Malaysia. Don't let the guy think you are kind of stupid, inside Malaysia you are Sarawakian.There is nothing wrong with that.
It's a bit disappointing that you don't know who the deputy prime minister is.Don't feel so bad, you are not alone, next time you are in KL go ask some of the Chinese hawkers in Chow Kit, like you, they probably draw a blank too.
I don't really blame you or other East Malaysians for not knowing the Federal cabinet well, because some of the ministers themselves do not know East Malaysia that well too.Try asking some of them where Long Pasia or Lawas is? You be surprised "kat mana tu?" would be the response.
Anyway, we are kind of a nation within a nation. Sabah and Sarawak have full cabinet ministers, unlike other states in Peninsula Malaysia, they only have what they called 'Excos" which are of lower rank than ministers.
Do you know that the chief ministers of Sabah and Sarawak, with the exception of the prime minister and deputy prime minister, in term of protocol, are above other federal ministers? Our chief ministers are still entitled to police outriders when on official duties, the federal ministers and menteri besars are not.So, you see, we are kind of autonomous regions of Malaysia, we have self-government, at least to a significant degree.
Being in a federal system, obviously there mush be a central government to take care of the bigger things. Sabah, Sarawak,Singapore and the Federation of Malaya formed Malaysia, we were not colonised, if you know what I meant.Singapore was kicked out in 1965 because Lee Kuan Yew wanted Malaysian Malaysia, the same sloganeering now used by DAP and endorsed by Anwar Ibrahim and Nik Aziz.
Without Sabah and Sarawak there would be no Malaysia.Can you imagine what Malaya would be like without Malaysia?
Almost all new oilfields are now found on the western seaboard of Sabah.We also have the largest acreage of oil palm plantation in the country.Sarawak has the single largest LNG export terminal in the world and exports one of Malaysia's largest export earners. That's money gone into federal coffers that partly financed the building of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya through Petronas.
So, we are not at all innocent bystander, we have contributed to the progress of West Malaysia.Unfortunately, the writer either doesn't know it or if he does, chose to ignore our contributions.
As inferred by the writer we certainly are not mean spirited and unfriendly like the Grinch who stole Christmas. We share Christmas with everyone.
The only thing we did and did right was denied Anwar Ibrahim the premiership.