cakap cakap : “Don’t want lah”
Hussein, remember those days when everyone was addressing us as “Luv”? Cor blimey…….’twas a real shocker, I tell you. A real cultural shock. And they were ever so polite which reminded me of “Yes sir, no sir, three bags full”. Then when we returned to KL, we had another cultural shock…….we were back to our culture. In case you have forgotten, here are some examples of how the Brits and Malaysians say the same thing. Ours is simple, short, concise, straight-to-the-point, effective etc.
WHEN GIVING A CUSTOMER BAD NEWS
Britons : I’m sorry, sir, but we don’t seem to have the sweater you want in your size, but if you give me a moment, I can call the other outlets for you.
Msians : No stock
RETURNING A CALL
Britons : Hello, this is John Smith. Did anyone call for me a few moments ago?
Msians : Hello, who call?
ASKING SOMEONE TO MAKE WAY
Britons : Excuse me, I would like to get by. Would you please make way?
Msians : S-kew me.
WHEN SOMEONE OFFERS TO PAY
Britons : Hey! Put your wallet away, this drink is on me
Msians : No need lah
WHEN ASKING FOR PERMISSION
Britons : Excuse me, but do you think it would be possible for me to enter through this door?
Msians : (pointing at the door) Can ah?
Britons : Please make yourself right at home
Msians : No need shy shy one lah!
WHEN DOUBTING SOMEONE
Britons : I don’t recall you giving me the money
Msians : Where got?
WHEN DECLINING AN OFFER
Britons : I would prefer not to do that, if you don’t mind
Msians : Don’t want lah
IN DISAGREEING ON A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION
Britons : Err…Tom, I have to stop you there. I understand where you’re coming from, but I really have to disagree with what you said about the issue
Msians : You mad ah?
WHEN ASKING SOMEONE TO LOWER THEIR VOICE
Britons : Excuse me, but could you please lower your voice? I’m trying to concentrate over here
Msians : Shut up lah!
WHEN ASKING SOMEONE IF HE/SHE KNOWS YOU.
Britons : Excuse me, but I noticed you staring at me for sometime. Do I know you?
Msians : See what, see what?
WHEN ASSESSING A TIGHT SITUATION
Britons : We seem to be in a bit of a predicament at the moment..
Msians : Die lah!
WHEN TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED
Britons : Will someone tell me what has just happened?
Msians : What happened ah? Why like that one lah?
WHEN SOMEONE DID SOMETHING WRONG
Britons : This isn’t the way to do it. Here, let me show you
Msians : Like that also don’t know how to do!
WHEN ONE IS ANGRY
Britons : Would you mind not disturbing me?
Msians : Celaka lu!😳
Britons: Send this to your Malaysian friends & let them have a laugh too. Good day!
Msians : Sent oredi mah!