To simplify the procedure I had to re-define my parameters – or, rather, confine my task of character defamation to a specific part of Malaysia, where a fairly representative cross-section of the total population could be studied with relative ease and without incurring a hefty travel bill which the publisher would have had to foot. You see, the kutu is quite conservative when it comes to culture: Instead we now have the Monorail and the LRT – and even worse traffic jams. And later you’d catch him snoring beside a warehouse on his charpoy a well-ventilated bed with ropes stretched across a wooden frame. Twenty years later, their descendants continue to wreak havoc on weekends – in big cities, small towns, even remote villages. In the early s the first uniformed parking attendants made their appearance.

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The area was once notorious as a spawning ground for kidnappers, bank robbers, and secret society members. Sounds exotic, doesn’t it? Then the Bad Times began. A few specimens are quite impossible to describe, verbally or visually; and some are positively dangerous, far too dangerous to describe with any degree of truthfulness.

Weekends he takes his family to Fraser’s Hill or Cameron Highlands or else they have a barbecue on the patio. She probably means a B as M ini W ilayah – the Federal Territory’s trusty mini-bus service – the most popular and economical way of getting around. Who would have believed, for instance, that Portugal – a tiny nation of fishermen and grape-growers – would have the gumption and the gall to send a flotilla of galleons halfway across the world to capture Malacca? We’ve known each other less than an hour.


Mohd This and Mohd That. But there’s no denying that these infamous foreigners have mastered a fascinating housebreaking technique called pukau. Ramlee – late great actor-songwriter-filmmaker; patron saint of the Malaysian arts scene. I was passing through Salak village recently and had occasion to observe how a Hakka clan had been marrying among themselves since the time of Yap Ah Loy with disastrous results. An expert on kutu linguistics claims that the more trendy kutus have dropped ‘Relak, brudder’ in favour of ‘Jangan tension.

It’s one of the few places left in the city, at any rate, where one might expect to see dancing in the streets. He usually resides in Kenny Hill, Ukay Heights, Damansara Heights, or Mont Kiara – the high-rent districts where most houses boast a pool in the garden although in recent days many opt for luxury condos with all the perks. Then again, you’re just as likely to spot him in highly animated conversation with a clique of boisterous cronies, unwinding in some kedai kopi with an astonishing number of Guinness empties on the table plus a few quart bottles of Sahip under his chair.

Alas, the Mini-Bus has become extinct in recent years. That’s what SOUL is all about, when it comes down to it.

The life of a Jaga Kereta isn’t an easy one. Indeed, by making my fellow Malaysians look a bit laughable, I hope to show the world how wdoi we can be.

Adoi in English, translation, Malay-English Dictionary – Glosbe

And most of them are good-looking and musical to boot. In Axoi the Home Ministry slapped a ban on open-air rock concerts after a minor fracas broke out at a concert in Sungai Nibong: Abdulkader Saleh Mohammad, A good number of Jinjangs are probably school drop-outs – which accounts for the fact that the underground carpark levels at Sungei Wang are marked with pictures of exotic animals instead of letters.


Even so, the epithet makes sense, since the first white men to appear in these waters were all Great Pirates, though they regarded themselves as traders and royal emissaries. If the Illegal Immigrant is extraordinarily lucky and arrives a few afoi before a general election he might even be offered instant citizenship on the spot – on condition he helps canvass votes for the ruling party.

A few are very new types; a few have long been among us; and a few others, one hopes, will do us a big favour and go the way of the dodo as soon as possible.

For a small ‘donation’ the Syndicate bills itself as a charitable organisation they’ll help you locate a parking space; guide you in and out of it; open your door for you; clean your windscreen unfortunately their dirty rags don’t help ; ensure that you won’t be penalised in case the meter runs out on you; and protect your car against ‘accidental scratches.

Chances are the Mamak invented these greasy wheatmeal pancakes that have become an absolute staple in the Malaysian diet. Like when I was forced to wear a short wig just to enter Singhapore oops! And I don’t mean they’re into perusing Perwaja Steelmill’s annual reports. And, as to be expected, Sikh traditionalists view this trend with alarm. Well, in Singapore they do – but, then, Singapore was once part of Malaysia, so we do have a few things in common.

History is a most amazing and unlikely thing. After all, he looks exactly like one of us.