Every time a Malaysian prime minister visits Sarawak, the media — the mainstream newspapers in particular — never fail to jump at the opportunity to describe how the visit has enhanced or will pave the path for closer state-federal ties.
The country has had seven (eight if we are to count Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s short-lived comeback from 2018-2020 as the seventh premier) prime ministers since independence. Tunku Abdul Rahman, the prime minister from 1963 to 1970, somehow convinced the then Sarawak leaders to be part of Malaysia.
Actually, we didn’t ‘join’ Malaysia; we HELPED FORM Malaysia! But until today, I dare state that most orang Malaya (Malayans) have not or are not willing to acknowledge this fact.
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