Kiasu, derived from Hokkien dialect which means ‘scared to lose’. While most Malaysians always tend to describe our Singaporean neighbours as ‘Kiasu’, we think this is not exclusively a nationality thing because some of us on this side of the causeway are not anyhow better.
1. To be the first in the queue
The typical examples will be new iphone 6 release, launch of new H&M X Alexander Wang fashion series, McDonald’s minion promo etc. Despite having to queue overnight or arrive at the venue early in the morning, Malaysians will make sure they are the first in queue to get what they want.
2. Get friends/ family members to queue in multiple lines at the cashier counter
Some Malaysians are too impatient and we can only bear the shortest waiting time. When the queues to all the cashiers are equally long, we will ask our friends or family members to take one line each, hoping to reduce the waiting time. Whoever reaches the cashier first, the rest will leave their respective lines and get to the cashier.
3. Bring the whole family to shop for promotional items
Have you ever encountered any promotional items that are only limited to 2 pieces per person? This will be the time your mom will bring the whole family out for grocery shopping and make each of you take 2 of those items home.
4. ‘Other has it, I also want!’
Just because their friends have the limited edition bag collection, latest fashion collection, a new gadget or had tried out the food at a newly open restaurant, Malaysians also wouldn’t want to lose out on anything! They will make their best efforts to get or try it because they 'cannot lose' too!
5. First to grab food at buffet
During buffet, Malaysians will be the first to grab all the expensive food. Why? Because they need to get the food for the whole family. Or else, if later not enough or finish already, how?
6. Starve before buffet
Malaysians tend to not let themselves eat any food during the day because they want to ‘save space’ for all the buffet food.
7. Sign up kids for all tuition classes
Starting from young age of 2, Malaysian parents send their kids to play school. From the moment they step into primary school, they have never stopped tuition until they graduate from secondary school. But these don’t stop just there, these kids also cannot escape from music, art, robotic, gymnastic, acting classes... and the list goes on.
8. Unwilling to share notes in class
Have you ever been rejected by your classmate when you tried to ask him or her a question or borrow their notes? Well, we guess these students get a lot of pressures from parents or teachers and they are trying hard to compete with other top students in their class without realising that their unwillingness to share knowledge is the worst mistake they could ever make.
9. Make sure they get the best deal in town
Typical example will be fixed deposit rates. Malaysians will research on all the fixed deposit rates offered in the market. If they happen to find out Bank A offers a higher rate as compared to their existing bank, they will transfer all their money to Bank A, despite it is just a difference of 0.1%.
10. Brag about their achievements
Because of their ‘cannot lose’ attitude, Malaysians tend to show off their branded bags, watches, kids’ achievements, monthly income, number of countries they have travelled, the most expensive food they have experienced etc. at gatherings. Gosh... we just can’t stand them!