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  • In this foreign land there was piracy at sea & head-hunting on land.
    Priestesses – Kadazan women of a venerable age –
    made sure balance in the universe was maintained. Until 1881.
    When the people with their priestesses encountered male priests who were light-eyed.
    And fair of hair and skin. So fair, some folks took them as humankind from the moon.

    As smoothly as the water that fell from the sky and ran in the river
    they gave way to the white folk. All knowledge was priceless.

    (Clare Maluda, from Homeward Bound)

    On the 3rd largest island in the world,
    among its north-eastern beauty
    a pure heart was walking
    when she saw it.

    How did she exclaim it?
    My God!
    A blue so exquisite, it’s out of this world!

    Right there, before her eyes...
    from one orchard to another it flew...
    the most beautiful bird...
    out of this world.

    Post script: Who uses exquisite timeless English? Clare does. Who parries to the quick in a fleuret of wrist? Maluda does. Who knows like Clare Maluda, their thick jungle history of ancestral roots?

    So pleased that I referred to you as Maluda (Everyone Under The Moon), since inadvertently, I was calling you on a first-name basis. Lovely story btw. I consider you a wealthy woman!

    PSS: Sabah is the northeastern corner of what was formerly Borneo, the 3rd largest island in the world. Sabah is also one of 13 member states & 3 territories that constitute present-day Malaysia.
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