Quick Rant

by Rie

I saw this on Reddit today.

Sigh.

TL;DR. Bag is stolen with important medical records. She asks for help in English. She is Malay. She is torn down by the most unhelpful people.

I’ve written on the concept of jati diri before. How strange it is to look at this situation and think: these Malays have legitimate concerns. Need to prevent the whitewashing of their soul. I’ve written something of a sort for a school essay. We need to preserve our cultural identity by preserving our language, etc.

Which is fine but…ugh.

It’s too hot in Sydney today for this. Let me try dusting my Malay off. At least, then, it becomes a more cerebral exercise than an all out rant.

Saya faham. Identiti kamu sebagai orang Melayu terancam. Sudahlah orang Yahudi selalu berkomplot untuk menentang kamu, pengaruh Barat semakin kuat. Kamu terfikir tempat Bahasa Melayu boleh dikukuhkan apabila PPSMI dimansuhkan, tapi apa boleh buat? Semakin ramai orang cakap Bahasa Inggeris. Mereka tidak faham yang kamu memilih untuk cakap Bahasa Melayu sahaja. Kamu bukan tak pandai, kamu hanya membuat pilihan yang bijak untuk cakap dalam Bahasa Melayu secara eksklusif. Susahlah kehidupan ini: bahasa Inggeris tidak boleh dipakai (kan itu bahasa penjajah?) walaupun diperlukan di pekerjaan dan di sekolah. Namun, kamu tidak peduli, inilah cara untuk memelihara warisan kamu.

Never mind that I could probably write half that paragraph with borrowed English words. And, dang, my Malay is completely inauthentic. I’ve learned most of it at school while you’ll see that half of the comments are written in slang.

Now I kinda feel like improving my Malay. Such a strange turns of events.

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