In conjunction with Malaysia Day
i thought i’d write about something that i told someone last week.
I get comments from people saying if i want my blog to go even more international,
i should drop my Malaysian slang cos people overseas don’t ‘get’ it.
But i protest against it.
I’m proud of our usage of particular malay and chinese words thrown in,
like how i always use layan, cemerlang, takkan, etc.
I can say i speak proper English,
but once in a while i’d still throw in a few words that English just CANNOT replace.
I even say it to Clem all the time so he just has to get USED to it and know what it means, instead of me changing the way i speak.
My current throwback in replacement of ‘really?’ is ‘ya kah?’
Some people think it’s weird but i personally think it’s wonderful and how many people can use and understand these words?
After my extensive traveling, there’s still no place like home.
I love Malaysia and i’m really passionate about the country and how there is so much talent and ability to change the way we do things or increase the level of creativity here.
I’m really proud of all these young Malaysians whose strive to be independant in their individual industries.
People ask why i don’t just move overseas cos i’d look like the type who would love it and be able to make it work.
Thing is… i don’t want to go.
I want to stay.
If i’m apparently so good at raising the level in a certain industry or subject, why do it elsewhere?
I want to do it here and contribute to MY country.
Not someone else’s.
So i just want to say Happy Malaysia Day!
Be proud of your country.
Be proud of your heritage
cos everything you are today is due to the fact you grew up here.
Yes, there are many things we need to change.
But we all have to be agents of that change.