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The plight of a girl. A girl walking on a floating bridge to her future - what future, I am not able to answer. She is one of many offsprings of illegal immigrants that live off the boats and wooden homes floating at the sea bay.

Sandakan sits at north-eastern Sabah facing the Sulu Sea and it is commonplace to find Sea Gypsies along sea shores, and here you see floating homes in the background along Lane Nam Tung City 10 (translated from local lingo Lorong Bandar Nam Tung 10), just off the main thorough fare coastal road. While we were waiting for early lunch, I wandered about and walked to the sea front looking into Sandakan Bay.

Being from neighboring state of Sarawak, I often read and hear alarming news about illegal Philippinos in Sabah, and only after this round-the-State trip have I realised the severeness of the social and political problems. It is needless to say that Philippines have claimed Sabah belonging to them. Undeniably, Sabah is so closely associated with sea gypsies, Sulu and Bajau that drawing a line is quite difficult.

Read interesting articles here, and look at maps here and here, and you will probably get some idea of what I am trying to say. The exodus of sea farers from Philippines to Borneo is amazing, worth migration books to tell the story. Suffice to say, that some of what I saw and captured on camera may perhaps give indication of this social pattern. Thank you for veiwing.

2008-03-09 10:40:06, ISO100, FL220mm

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