The Intrusion

Browsing Facebook of late hasn’t been a very pleasing experience for me. It has turned into a platform filled with political news and reports of crimes happening around us. From a platform to connect with friends, it has evolved into something more complex which also acts as a marketing, branding and advertising tool, a platform to complain very openly and critically, a platform to voice opinions freely and a news portal of all sorts. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re reading in Facebook is right or wrong and it is easy to believe in it blindly, especially so when people start typing and sending out rumours that cause more harm than good.  More often than not, you don’t actually get to choose what you would like to read because whatever that is showing in your News Feed at the point of time that you’re browsing Facebook will just be about whatever you’re “forced” to read or glance through.

I was very much saddened as I was reading the news this morning and I missed a junction even though I’ve been taking the same route to work for a few years now. My heart feels very heavy of the fighting that is going on in Sabah. It is hard not to feel affected even though I’m not physically there now. After all I grew up in that lovely place and can only imagine the tension and panic the people are going through.

I’ve been very engrossed with reading the news. The actual facts. The history. Stupid comments on Facebook and news site from irresponsible and shallow-minded people who don’t really think very much before posting and jumping into conclusions. A lot of bickering too but not all are bad as I’ve also come across some very good articles and viewpoints that analyze the situation. It just shows how our nation reaction to the intrusion in Lahad Datu, the good, bad and the ugly.

A colleague even joked about the possibility of me losing the status of a Sabahan and becoming a Filipino. He’s not entirely wrong but I do not want to think that far. I just hope things will be resolved soon and we can lead peaceful lives again. My parents are saying the condition is safe as of now but there’s no doubt that I’m still worried and very cautious and am keeping myself updated with the news. I’m looking into having them coming over to KL temporarily until the situation gets back to normal. I don’t think it’s going to be resolved easily or immediately. These are deep issues that have long existed and there are some things that are irreversible and indeed Sabah would not be the same anymore.

I pray for the safety of my parents, friends and all Sabahans, as well as security forces protecting our country.

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