For decades, Sabah and Sarawak have been a part of the Federation and boasts of a rich and diverse culture. Unfortunately, Peninsular Malaysians still know very little of the Bornean states to this day.
Even local airlines aren’t immune to this, as seen in a recent issue of a popular travel magazine published by Malaysia Airlines.
Sarawak mistakenly called ‘Land Below The Wind’
In a Facebook post by Sarawak Deputy Premier Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, he expressed his shock and disappointment over how a renowned airline company still couldn’t get it right with Sarawak.
Accompanying the post was a page from the June edition of Malaysia Airlines’ ‘Going Places’ magazine, where it mistakenly called Sarawak as the ‘Land Below The Wind’.
In fact, the correct nickname for Sarawak is supposed to be ‘Land of the Hornbills’, while ‘Land Below The Wind’ is for Sabah.
Needless to say, the blunder didn’t sit well with Dr Sim, who criticised Malaysia Airlines for the typo.
Have you found my “shock”? It’s hard to be #SegulaiSejalai while Sarawakians are expected to know West Malaysia but West Malaysians are still making mistakes over some of the most basic ideas about Sarawak.
A quick check by WeirdKaya on the June edition of ‘Going Places’ has since been taken down from the website.
Netizens lament over ignorance
Dr Sim’s post has since garnered lots of attention from netizens, who were flabbergasted by the level of ignorance West Malaysians and Malaysian Airlines had towards their Borneon brethren.
One netizen joked that West Malaysians didn’t bother to educate themselves about Sabah and Sarawak as they were only interested in their oil and gas reserves.
What an embarrassing mistake! Let’s hope Malaysia Airlines will not repeat it again in the future!