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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol. 38 No. 22. September 11, 1975

Remark in poor taste

Remark in poor taste

Dear Sir,

I would like to bring to the attention of all Malaysians that Steven has used the following sentence in the announcement during the Malam Night. Somewhat means 'The Orange Utan in Borneo (Sarawak) is able to sing now.' This was spoken at the time when the singer who is a Sarawak native started to sing. Clearly this is a greatest insult to the native of S'wak. For hundreds of years, the natives of S'wak together with Chinese, Malay and Indian have been living peacefully and harmonically. However, there is a small factor of men who have been trying to meet their ends. An outstanding case is the May 13th in 1969.

I do not know how the singer himself felt it. But, to me as a Sarawakian is a great insult. I feel very strongly about it and I am sure most Malaysian should share the feeling with me.

What conclusion can we draw from this? Undoubtedly a person with such a personal outlook cannot claim to represent the Malaysian Assoc. I feel regretful to have him selected. The real motive of holding such a function is also clear. One should bear in mind that Malaysian students are one of the most awakened, politically conscious groups in NZ. This is so as we come from a country where her rule is most oppressive. Ignoring worsening situation at home and trying to mislead the Malaysian and Kiwi would never succeed.

Let us fear not the intimidation,
Apathy will throw you into the garbage
bin of history,
A sense of reality will stimulate your
Let us unite 'Let us solidate!'
Hands in Hands,
Thousands hands together.
In the darkness, light will shine
In the quietness, we will sing;
The earth will definitely quake!

Drawing of a man rubbing his head

Yours sincerely,

A. S'wakian