Sunday, 16 December 2012

Being Malaysian: A Young Writers Anthology

This book is a collection of stories from 30 young Malaysian writers ponder what being Malaysian means to them in everyday and festive contexts.

Manglish 101

Walaowei (interjection) - expressing shock: Walaowei! Why do you have such huge underwear?

Oi (Interjection) – expressing annoyance: Oi! Get your feet off my head!

A Typically True Malaysian

Even the towkays (boss) and taxi drivers to the workers at the mamak stall look up to me. And they all sing loudly for me: “Negaraku, tanah tumpahnya darahku….”

As was well-stated in most school history books: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Those were the words of George Santayana, a philosopher.

Paradoxically Parallel

Satnam’s Proton is outside the gate, but clearly he should know that when someone says to be ready in 30 minutes, they really mean one hour. It’s practically a rule in Malaysia.

The Elegance of Simplicity

She remembered the saying, “You are what you wear.” She had assumed she understood it, but she was wrong. Malaysians wore the baju kurung, sari and cheongsam to become elegant, original and individuals. If I was to become elegant, original and individuals, I had better get out of this mutilated baju kurung, thought Denna resolutely.

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