Bahasa Malaysia 2020 June 6, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Note2Self, Politics.
Context: A generation of Malaysians now schooled in “Bahasa Malaysia”.
Malaysian student lands in Oxford
Oxford don: Hello there old chap! See you’ve landed from the tropics. Lovely to have some May-lay speakers here.
Malaysian: Huh? What’s Bahasa Melayu. We speak Bahasa Malaysia. You speak Bahasa British, yes?
Oxford don to companion: Is he one of our fee-paying students?
Malaysians tour-group in Sydney
Australian guide: G’day mates! Oooh… nice sheilas you’ve got there. Yeeeah….let’s throw some shrimp and feeeeesh on the barbiee…!
Malaysians: Wahlaneh… their Bahasa Australian very hard to understand la! Come come let’s BBQ!
Malaysian at US naturalisation interview
American: Can you converse comfortably in English?
Malaysian: No, I am hoping to learn Bahasa American. Someday I would like to fly a plane.
Malaysian: No, the American language is preferred. Much more superior to English.
American: Someone get me Guantanamo please.
Malaysian NGO worker in Mindanao
Filipino freedom fighter (FFF): Kamusta komrad!
Malaysian: Me? Me no speak Bahasa Philippines. Me speak BahasaAmerican.
FFF: Ano!? Americano! Spy! Barilin sakanya! Mabuhay ang Tagalog!
The possibilities are endless.