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Nigerian Tourist Shares Shocking Experience Of Colourism In Malaysia

today10 May 2023

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source: The Edge

Despite being a diverse nation, racism and colourism are still significant issues in Malaysia. Such beliefs can have disastrous impacts on tourists as well as locals, as recently illustrated by a Nigerian man who spoke of his trip to Malaysia in 2016 via a TikTok clip.

Having two of his closest friends living in Malaysia at the time, one Indian and one Ugandan, Suleiman, who was a student, made the decision to travel here.

@suleiman_toks @lmfaomal The kind of premium rac|$m I experienced in Malaysia.. 👀 #storytime #travellingwhileblack ♬ original sound – Suleiman

“I hadn’t seen them in like, 5 to 6 years, so I was like, you know what, let me go and visit them,” he stated, noting that he used the cash he had saved up as a student for 1.5 years to finance the journey.

He arrived in Kuala Lumpur and spent almost 4 days there without incident, but things started to go south when he landed in Sabah,…

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Written by: Lara Kramer