July 7, 2011 Leave a comment
If colonisation means to wipe out or displace the indigenous population of that particular state or place then Sabah is in a very precarious position. The Spaniards and Portuguese did it in South America and the Native Americans were forced to defend themselves from the stampede of European intrusion. In North America the Europeans brought with them diseases of both mind and body, the consequence of which the population of the Native Americans nearly disappeared from the face of this earth. The British called their exploitation “expedition”, of course with the intention of colonizing. When the British came to Borneo they were no different to the other colonizers as they manipulated the local population into submission with the pretext of “just” being an advisor to the local leader. Little did we know then because as soon as we know we were calling them “Tuan”…here in our own home! Yes. We called them TUAN without hesitation. Today we have a new TUAN and in the same breath we call our local leader “Yang Berhormat”…sigh!!