Six ways you know you’re a Malaysian!

By Shazni Ong

Malaysia will be celebrating its 57th birthday in just a few days. From the moment our fore founding father, Tunku Abdul Rahman shouted “Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka” on August 31, 1957 right up until today, our nation has grown with prosperity,  appreciating the peace among its passionate people.

And during that 57 years, there were times that our country has stumbled.  From the 13 May 1969 incident to last year stand-off in Lahad Datu, until the recent event of the Malaysia Airline tragedies of MH370 and MH17, we have suffered plenty. Yet however, from this example of events that have occurred, we have managed to rise and become stronger than ever.

We managed to show the world that we are capable of uniting our people in times of hardship. Let us take a step back and try to define what it means to be real Malaysians? And whether we are indeed ‘Malaysians’. Here are Six Ways You Know You’re a Malaysian. Perhaps there are some reasons to be cheerful after all!

1) Everybody is your “Boss”


You call everybody “boss”. From the waiter to the security guard to your…well, boss. It’s just our way of being respectful to a stranger, and it’s undeniably Malaysian.

2) Winning at Sports = Public Holiday


Malaysians support our sports heroes for two reason: a) national pride and b) the fact that if we win, there is a chance for a public holiday to be announced. And that’s why we’re passionate about supporting local sportsmen and women. Malaysians love their days off.

3) Food.. Food.. Food…


Football may be our national sport, but for a Malaysian, our national past time has got to be EATING. We love our food so much that we travel hours for authentic Penang food. Don’t forget we’re so passionate about food that every Malaysian has an opinion on where they think the best <insert dish here> is.

4) The “lah’ factor


“Lah”. The easiest way to identify a Malaysian. It’s used in most situations – whether you’re angry, surprised, sad or happy. It’s at the end of every other sentence and whenever a tourist picks it up, we give them a pat on the back, because they’re much closer to being Malaysianised.

5) Lots of Pictures… Of Food


This is an extension of our love for food. Taking a picture of our dish before we eat it is like a declaration to the world that you are eating something fantastic. No, a true Malaysian has a social media account where he or she has not posted some form of food and beverage.

6) Malaysian Timing


It’s called Malaysian timing for a reason. We’re never on time. Whether it’s an office meeting, birthday party or hang out with friends – expect your Malaysian friends to be at least 30 minutes late.

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