“If this year I go back to my hometown, my colleague stays and work, and for next year he goes and I stay. We take turns. If there’s a family emergency then it can be difficult. We have a lack of police officers.”
“I’m from Semporna, Sabah. there’s many beautiful islands near my hometown, like Mabul and Sipadan island.”
“What I miss most of my hometown is my mom. I came to KL because there’s better job opportunities here. At Sabah the highest I could get for basic pay was RM700. For this raya I sent money to my mom, bought a few nice clothes for her and passed it to my uncle who works as a lorry driver, as he’s going back to Semporna and can deliver to her”.
“Do you wish you can be at Sabah now?”
“Mestilah (of course). In fact, I wish I was at Sabah now.”
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(This post was first published on July 10th 2016)