Although Malaysia is known for being a hotpot of cultures and its different ethnicity, discrimination sometimes still happen in the society. Unfortunately, this discrimination was being applied to our very own fellow Malaysian.
Recently, a Sabahan named Lee Sean took to Twitter to share the harassment he faced for simply working at a café in Ipoh.
In the tweet, Lee Sean shared a conversation with a random stranger from his Instagram, where the stranger told him to stop working at the café because they did not understand what he was saying.
Me. A sabahan living and working in west malaysia. This is too much. I'm sorry. pic.twitter.com/h2j0TKimaq— 𝙇𝙚𝙚 𝙎𝙚𝙖𝙣 李肖恩 (@leeseanlnjuat) July 5, 2022
“Stop working lah boy. Especially your tattoos. It’s disturbing the community of Ipoh people,” the stranger wrote.
“Go back to your ‘own country’. This place is not suitable for you to work. You’re Sabahan, you have no brain, and you can’t even talk properly.”
“Are people from Sabah stupid? Can’t even speak Malay and pretend to be a mat salleh.”
Despite Lee not wanting to respond to his criticisms, the stranger continue to throw insults at him and accused him of being gay.
“You think you’re handsome. You’re gay. Alhamdulilah I’m not part of the LGBT, like you. You’re also ugly and have too many ‘drawings’ on your arm. Stupid!” the stranger said.
I'm sorry kalau saya kacau "your people". pic.twitter.com/hxN16SDt6g— 𝙇𝙚𝙚 𝙎𝙚𝙖𝙣 李肖恩 (@leeseanlnjuat) July 6, 2022
In response to the insults, Lee wrote a lengthy note to express his feelings and thoughts on the matter, saying how he felt downgraded since moving to West Malaysia.
“I’ve been downgraded many times since moving here to West Malaysia. I’m sorry, but this is too much.”
“I can’t hold back my tears after seeing this! All those criticisms and judgements about my tattoos and making fun of my Sabahan accent,” he added.
Meanwhile, Lee also said he did not know what he did wrong and asked if it was his tattoos or language that have disturb the people. “Please stop,” pleaded Lee.
Lee’s experience has garnered the attention of the public with many other East Malaysians sharing their similar experiences.
Me working in WM for years. The early year when I am just starting looking for job, some people told me that I should just go back to my kampung. They said people like me will take away the job opportunity for them. Not to mentioned the discrimination— Bimbizangan (@Flor_DLuffy) July 6, 2022
“In the early years, when I was just starting to look for a job, some people told me that I should just go back to my kampung,” said a netizen.
“I’m from Miri, and I moved to Terengganu 20 years ago. At that time, my English was very basic, and the students couldn’t speak English at school. I got bullied, and teachers asked me not to speak. Had to move to a private school,” said another East Malaysian.
Nonetheless, we hope that Malaysians will be more mindful and tolerant instead of discriminating our fellow Malaysians who come from different states.
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