A few netizens explained that it’s part of the tradition to celebrate guests with dancing in Sarawak.
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Not many Malaysians are happy with the new Cabinet line-up under the Unity Government, which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yesterday (2 December).
The trimmed Cabinet list still managed to include new ministries and new faces, and only time can tell if the decision is well thought out.
Despite the outcome, an old video went viral and managed to make some Malaysians online chuckle.
The video showed Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, who was recently named the Tourism Minister, allegedly dancing and connecting with Sarawakian locals during a Gawai celebration.
At some point, Tiong looked like he had to take a breather after lots of dancing and making merry with the people.
The Bintulu MP is also the president of the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Dudong assemblyman.
PDP is one of the four component parties in Gabungan Parti Sarawak, along with Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS).
TOURISM IN MALAYSIA WILL BE LIT AS FUCK NEXT YEAR pic.twitter.com/d5oQ4LGlNy— Datuk Jahat Hensem (@datukhensem) December 2, 2022
Netizens jokingly said the humorous clip was proof enough that Tiong is the right person for the job as the Tourism Minister.
People online also thanked whoever resurfaced the video for brightening their day with a good laugh.
A netizen, believed to be a Sarawakian, shared that Tiong has always strongly fought for Sarawakians and respected their way of life. Netizens also said Tiong is the most helpful MP in Bintulu.
While partying may seem excessive to others, another netizen explained that it’s the Iban tradition to celebrate guests. Tiong surviving the celebration in a longhouse is considered a feat to some locals and he has garnered respect among them.
YB ni sepanjang PKP, is the one who stays with the rakyat, his people. One of the loudest YB in Sarawak fighting for the Sarawakian. From us the Sarawakian’s view, he is respecting our way of life here. We remember how he fights for the voiceless especially during Covid.— D. Nor (@DNorDouglas) December 3, 2022
Aku kan dah pasrah giler dah dapat menteri macam ni. Muka pun hauk nak jadi menteri pelancongan. Tak tahu lah apa yang dia nak naik tarafkan Pelancongan Malaysia. Better Dato Nancy 🥺— mhig (@nuraidahamizah2) December 2, 2022
Tradisi Masyarakat Iban meraikan Tetamu. Walaupun Dtk Tiong sangat sporting, he is the most helpful MP in Bintulu. Betul2 Jaga rakyat.— MyMalaysiaStory (@malaysia_story) December 2, 2022
Whoever who had to walk through the longhouse during a celebration and survived standing…. i salute.— Adrian Lee (@althing) December 2, 2022
Tak sokong mana2 but ini memang budaya/adat meraikan tetamu di rumah panjang. Mereka bukan buat hari2. Tengok suasana mcm YB dtg ke majlis di rumah panjang dan mempunyai hubungan yg baik dgn masyarakat di sana. Tuak/alkohpl mmg akan dihidangkan dlm semua acara terutama keramaian.— ا ت ا م (@bangsaabang92) December 3, 2022