KUCHING: Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian is appalled at the misleading tagline for Sarawak as published in Malaysia Airlines’ Going Places traveller’s guide.
In a Facebook post yesterday, he said he could not be more shocked to have come across the sub-headline of an article run by the June 2023 edition of the magazine.
“Was shocked as a Sarawakian when I came across this article on June 2023 MH’s ‘Going Places’. Have you found my ‘shock’?
“Is hard to be #SegulaiSejalai while Sarawakian expected to know West Malaysia but West Malaysian still making mistakes on Sarawak,” he said in the social media post.
Dr Sim, who is Sarawak United People’s Party president, uploaded an image of the article titled ‘Escape to Sarawak’, with the sub-heading ‘Four hotels to book on your next trip to the Land Below the Wind’.
Although Dr Sim did not mention what the ‘shock’ was, it was evident he was referring to ‘the Land Below the Wind’ in its sub-heading used to refer to Sarawak.
‘Land Below the Wind’ is neighbouring Sabah’s tagline, while Sarawak’s is ‘Land of the Hornbills’.
One netizen who commented on Dr Sim’s post agreed that the airline’s magazine had made a “silly mistake”.
‘Segulai Sejalai’ mentioned by Dr Sim in his post is an Iban phrase which means ‘Together in Unity’.
During the state-level Gawai dinner recently, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he would adopt ‘Segulai Sejalai’ as the motto for unity for the country.
Going Places magazine is made available to passengers flying with Malaysia Airlines.
At the time of writing, Going Places has not responded to The Borneo Post on the subject matter.
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