I started travelling to the Borneo part of Malaysia quite late in my life. I was already in my thirties before I went there for the first time. But now I visit quite regularly.
Visiting that part of the country brings a sense of freshness in that it really feels like a totally different country because their culture and philosophy are totally different from that of the peninsula.
The most jarring difference is (yes, you know this was what I was going to bring up now!) the relationship between the different races and religions.
In the peninsula, everything is defined by race and religion. There are the Malays, Chinese, Indians and the Dan Lain-Lain (Muslims and non-Muslims).
But in Sabah it is basically just all the same people, and if any categorisation happens, it is merely between those who eat pork and those who don’t. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]