Thursday, 10 November 2011

Bahasa Malaysia, My Grandfather

He said
life in the 60’s wasn’t like it is now

Communicating with the lady next door was difficult


Not only because grandmother was jealous


but it was more like a chicken talking to a duck

..

He also said


he learned to speak Bahasa Malaysia from friends


little by little


and finally became fluent

..

Here and there he went


proudly speaking in Bahasa Malaysia
with Pak Amin and the next door Nyonya Lee
with Tauke Leong and Sarbagat Singh
even with Uncle Muthukaruppan


and grandmother too
..
Said grandfather while he was still around
he was proud to have taught me Bahasa Malaysia
As a child, I was dragged to various events


since1970 when ‘Bahasa Malaysia’ was introduced
Try to listen, he said. Try to understand
You should grow up with the Malaysian spirit
..
Grandfather never learned to write
but he taught me to speak Bahasa Malaysia
..
He said
you should not be proud to speak your mother tongue alone
you should not be proud to speak English alone
you must be proud to be able to speak Bahasa Malaysia
..


Shortly before his death, he said
I’m proud to end my life with a sentence in Bahasa Malaysia


and here I am, proudly telling his story


to Pak Amin and Nyonya Lee’s grandchildren


to Tauke Leong and Sarbagat Singh’s grandchildren


even to Uncle Muthukaruppan’s grandchildren


and to my children too
in Bahasa Malaysia

..

(Translated by Uthaya Sankar SB to help non-Malaysians understand the content of the poem. Please CLICK HERE for the original Bahasa Malaysia version and CLICK HERE for more articles in English.)


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Sila gunakan Bahasa Malaysia atau Bahasa Inggeris yang betul dari segi ejaan, tatabahasa, tanda baca, struktur ayat dan kesantunan berbahasa. Komen tanpa nama tidak akan dilayan. Komen yang tiada kaitan dengan topik tidak akan disiarkan. Pencemaran bahasa diharamkan!