KUALA LUMPUR – April 25, 2016: Sarawakians were apparently not exaggerating whenever they claimed that in their state, political differences were neither divisive nor destructive.
Today is the nomination day of the 11th Sarawak state election (SE-11), involving 82 state constituencies and according to the Election Commission, the process went “smooth sailing”.
This despite Barisan Nasional (BN) and the opposition parties actually carrying out their unofficial campaign against each other for quite a while now.
A heart-warming photo by Facebooker Awang Fardillah Hussin depicting the harmonious unity of Sarawakians went viral today.
The picture showed supporters of BN, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and PKR mixing together as they posed for photographers after the nomination process in Simunjan ended.
Another picture which went viral was that of BN and Pas members enjoying lunch together after the nomination process in Sadong Jaya.
These photos were lauded by many Malaysians in the social media, with many praising Sarawakians for their political maturity.
“This is what we called political maturity,” wrote Facebooker Aro Kedim, “We (Malaysians in the Peninsular) should emulate Sarawakians.”
“Differences in ideology are a norm but such a thing did not divide Sarawakians. Bravo,” he added.
“Sarawakians want peace, we don’t want disruptive and divisive thinking that will strain racial relations…I hope those with malicious agenda can understand this,” wrote Ridzuan Barry.
“In Sarawak, be it BN or the opposition, everyone will peacefully campaign. We are all brothers in the peaceful land of Sarawak,” wrote Aris Majit.
“Multi-racially united, that is what Sarawak is about,” wrote Fifi Jasleena, “Voting is an individual rights so there is no need to quarrel with each other.”
Another Facebooker Juragan Allie pointed out that it was rather funny how different the politics in Sarawak were as compared to the peninsula.
“It’s funny how some of those in the ‘Semenanjung’ (peninsula) would go as far as giving cold treatments towards those with different political views,” she wrote.