Was reading an article on Malaysiakini (full article pasted below)
The fact that this article is even surfacing… the fact that Sadia Presedent has to release a statement…. is just sad…. sad & bloody embarrasing!!
Do we have to remind OURSELVES of certain part of our OWN country’s culture & heritage?? Or does the Armed Forces have no fucken respect for certain cultures, even though they are serving the country??
It’s not as if Iban’s tattoo is new or very remotely known…. IT”S WORLD FAMOUS ART!! Just google it!…. or click here…Check out the number of international sites & information about it…. i’ve got many friends, local & overseas, who identify Iban & Borneo Tattoos as a Malaysian ICON!
Click on image search … check out the number of non-iban, non-Malaysian spotting Iban or Iban influenced tattoos.
Now visit Borneo Ink (which is actually located in KL)… Eddie is wellknown & respected in the world of Tattoo Art….
So what’s the problem with Iban youths with tattoos? what’s wrong with ANY youth with tattoos if they are patriotic & wanna serve the country???? you fucken ignorant, kampong muthafuckas!
What message are you sending down to our youth, especially the East Malaysian brothers and sisters? That they are less worthy because of their culture? their freedom of expression in terms of an artform?
If all the armed forces in the world discriminate their soldiers because of body art…. i bet the world’s army population will be reduced by at least 50%…. no shit!!
Like I say… the fact that this is a topic is sad & embarrasing how backwards our Armed Forces is.
Nothing wrong with ‘tattoo’ soldiers
The Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) has called on the Malaysian Armed Forces not to discriminate against Iban youths when they apply to join the service because of their body tattoos.
Sadia president Sidi Munan said in a statement today that the association has received many complaints from Iban youths whose applications to join the Army were turned down because of the tattoos on their bodies.
“The tattoo is part of our culture, and it should be seen as such and no one should be discriminated because of that,” he said.
Revive Border Scouts
Sidi was referring to the statement by the Region Two military commander Major-General Mazelan Kasap regarding the formation of two new border regiment companies to man the border posts along the Sarawak-Kalimantan border as reported in the local media.
He said the association welcomed the formation of such companies for better security at the border.
Sidi said what matters is their loyalty and bravery in the defence of their country and not the tattoos on their bodies.
“If we may add, in addition to the formation of the regiment companies, the government should also consider the revival of the concept of Border Scouts which have been proven to be effective instrument of security in the past and less expensive to maintain,” he said.