The fact that some people harbour so much hatred and resentment towards others in their hearts to the extent they would do anything to show it to you, is unbelievable. As though their mission in life is to hurt others, despite not knowing their hardships and struggles. Whether you agree with it or not, harassing others is never okay.
On Tuesday (5th July), Twitter user @leesuanlnjuat had reached out to Twitter to share his experience facing harassment while working at a café in East Malaysia. He uploaded a post of the private message sent to him by an unknown netizen with the caption, “Me. A Sabahan living and working in West Malaysia. This is too much. I’m sorry.”
According to the post, the netizen had requested the Chinese-Kadazan born to stop working at the café simply because they could not understand a word he was saying. “Stop working lah boy. Especially your tattoo. It’s disturbing the Ipoh community,” the netizen wrote. “Go back to your country. It’s not suitable for you to work here. You have no brain. You can’t even speak properly,” the netizen added.
Although the victim’s response to the insults was passive, the netizen continued harassing him. “Are Sabahans stupid? Can’t speak proper Malay. Pretend as if they are mat salleh,” he proceeded. “You might think you look handsome. You’re gay. Alhamdulilah I’m not from the LGBT like you. Lots of drawings on your hands. Stupid!,” he ended.
At the time of writing, the post had more than 1,500 likes and reaching 600 retweets. Despite the harsh words thrown at him by the rude netizen, Twitter users showed their support and apologised to the victim for being treated that way. One netizen commented on the post, “This is terrible. I’m sorry you had to go through this.”
Some even praised the Sabahan community’s way of speaking, appearance and friendly manner. “I really like to hear the Sabahan’s accent, it’s nice to hear them speak Malay and their English is good,” a user wrote. Another replied to the post saying, “This is too much. I feel sorry for you. Anyways, the Sabahan accent is sexy.”
Another Twitter user had stated that the netizen had supposedly created an Instagram account solely for the purpose of harassing the victim. “Such an evil mouth, people came here to make a living, not to create issues. And then, so persistent to make a fake account to insult. I don’t understand ‘stupid’ humans like this,” the comment said.
Recently, the victim had posted a statement on his Twitter page with the caption, “I’m sorry if I disturbed ‘your people'”, explaining his feelings on the experience. Don’t harass others who are just minding their own business! Regardless if you’re from East or West Malaysia, you should respect others as how you would want others to respect you.
Neetashini Kanendran contributed to this article