PUTRAJAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waythamoorthy has urged the people to do away with “Peninsular Malaysian” sentiments to achieve unity in the era of the “new Malaysia”.
The Hindraf chairman, who was appointed as the minister in charge of national unity and social wellbeing, reminded West Malaysians that aside from the country’s three main races, there were other ethnic communities in Sabah and Sarawak.
“They may be different in their ethnicity, culture, and religion, but they also formed Malaysia with us.
“I hope we can be the ones to give our collective effort to spearhead a stronger sense of unity,” he said at a special briefing session today.
Many Sabahans and Sarawakians have in the past lamented the lack of an East Malaysian narrative in the mainstream media, the entertainment industry and education sector.
Last August, independent filmmaker and activist Nadira Ilana told FMT that the film industry was still divided into Malay, Chinese and Indian, with a lack of East Malaysian perspectives, while Penampang MP Darell Leiking blamed the neglect on the East Malaysian perspective on politics.