Being a Malaysian is a special thing. We are made up of people from different races, but we all share certain similarities that inherently make us Malaysians. Our cultural habits and norms all define who we are as a nation. As a true blue Malaysian:
1. We practice Malaysian timing
We apply ‘Malaysian timing’ to all events – meetings, Yum Cha, weddings, outings etc., this means that all events will start at least 30 mins late.
2. We speak Manglish
We make sure only we can understand our own unique language by including multiple dialects into a sentence. For example, “Anneh, Teh O bing satu, please!” Look at the number of dialects/languages used within this sentence!
3. We end our sentence with ‘Lah’
‘Lah’ can be applied anytime, anywhere – ‘Come lah!’, ‘Cannot lah!’, ‘OK lah!’, ‘Very panas lah!’, ‘So cheap lah!’ We will naturally use ‘lah’ at the end of our sentence.
4. We love discounts / sale / free giveaway
Because of these words, we are willing to queue overnight or arrive at the venue early in the morning to make sure we get the best deal in town! We will also try our luck to ask for further deals on the the discounted items - “Got free samples ah?”, “I'm buying 2 pieces cannot be cheaper meh?”
5. We adore ‘smelly’ food
Foreigners might treat durian, petai and cincalok as fear factor but we treat them as food from heaven.
6. We are good at food hunting
Malaysians have the inborn ability to hunt for best dish in town because we are born with the insatiable hunger for food. We are the walking food encyclopaedia and we claim to know the best version of each dish.
7. We call all elders ‘aunty’ or ‘uncle’
Malaysians are taught to respect the elders since young. Hence, regardless if the elders are related to us or not, we call all of them 'aunty' or 'uncle'.
8. We prefer to drive than walk
Due to the hot weather (and our ‘not-so-efficient’ transportation system), Malaysians prefer to drive even though they might get caught in a massive jam.
9. We cannot live without our phones
Malaysians view phone as one of the important assets because it stored all our contacts and information to it. We need our phones all the time to reply emails, read news, play games, or text friends who are overseas or even our family members who are sitting right next to us.
10. We feed our phones before us
When the food finally arrived after a long wait, there will surely be someone at your table says, ‘Wait, let me take a photo first.’ And the next minute, you will see the photo being uploaded on social media with a caption of ‘having dinner with friends.’ *oh well*