“Go Back To Your Original Country” — Sabahan Discriminated For East M’sian Heritage

We are all the same.

A Sabahan named Lee Sean recently shared on Twitter how he was discriminated for his East Malaysian heritage while working at a café in Ipoh.

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In the tweet, he posted two screenshots of a message he received on Instagram where he was verbally attacked over his looks and mannerisms.

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The first message read as follows:

“Hey! Can you stop working at the cafe? F**k u! I don’t understand what you say! I no understand what you say (sic). Stop working lah, boy. Especially your tattoos. It’s disturbing the community in Ipoh.”

“Go back to your original country. It isn’t right that you work here, you only look stupid. [You’re] already a Sabahan, with no brains, and can’t speak correctly too.”

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The anonymous netizen also went on to accuse Lee of being gay and for speaking English instead of Malay.

Hurt to the core

Speaking to WeirdKaya, Lee said that he had no idea who was the person behind the hateful messages, adding that it could be someone who saw him working at the café.

Having been in Ipoh for eight months, this is definitely not the first time I’ve encountered such horrible racial discrimination.

“I often feel rejected by the community whenever I faced such racist remarks and the only way I deal with it is to stay calm and call my parents for comfort.”

‘We are all Malaysians’

Lee’s tweet has since gone viral and caused netizens to show him their support while sharing their own experiences with racial discrimination

“Sorry that you have to face such discrimination here. Stay strong, bro. Those people are usually insecure about themselves and divert their anger towards others. I’m married to a Sabahan and I’m proud of it. Most of us in West Malaysia welcome our brothers and sisters from East Malaysia. We are all Malaysian,” wrote one.

Sabahan discriminated for east m'sian heritage

“I’m from Miri and moved to Terengganu 20 years ago. My Bahasa Melayu was really formal, and students there didn’t speak English in school. I was bullied, with teachers asking me not to speak, etc. You name it. Had to move to a private school where the mentality was very different there. More acceptance,” recounted another.

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Sabahan discriminated for east m'sian heritage

Another East Malaysian wrote how he was told to go back to his village and accused of stealing job opportunities from the locals.

Sabahan discriminated for east m'sian heritage

It’s sad to see that such a mentality still exists in Malaysia. Let’s all stay united and treat our fellow Malaysians with respect!


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