I saw the news tonight, they were interviewing participants from PLKN ... saying how they enjoyed themselves during their time spent at the camp (it was in SIBU), meeting new friends, learning new languages (for the ones from Semenanjung) and were excited to be selected to join the National Service.
Then there was this Chinese fella who's from K.Lumpur, expressing his joy being in Sibu, Sarawak for the first time. What surprised me was when he said that he at first didn't know and had no idea how people in Sarawak live. He thought, now ..... , brace yourself. He thought that people in Sarawak still live in ... (he paused for awhile, looking for the exact word, maybe not wanting to offend anyone) the forest (I think he almost wanted to say 'in trees', luckily he didn't!).
What??! What did he learn in school?? He seemed like a geek, I mean, looked studious and all. What on earth did he do when he got the chance to surf the net?? Didn't his parents and teachers tell him how the people throughout the nation live?? At this point, I'm not blaming the parents or the teachers, he is obviously a big boy. How is he going to survive in real the world?? He didn't even have any idea that people in Sarawak are like people in K.Lumpur too. My god, he's pathetic.
I'm not being defensive or feel offended in any way just because I'm a Sarawakian. I'm just appalled he said he had no idea people in Sarawak don't actually live in the forest. Yeah, some of our natives are still living in our beautiful rain forest but most of us has moved to the city (I guess, he didn't know there are cities in Sarawak??). Boy, you still have a lot to learn ...
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