A few days ago, a good friend of mine raised the issue of language that tak merakyat. That got me thinking about the language i grew up with. I grew up speaking Malaysian English, the language which is close to my heart. The language that i cried in when my mak tibai’ed me with the rotan when i tiru in my exams when darjah satu time (i didnt say ouch you know, i say adui!). The language i learned everything with, honestly speaking it is my mother tongue. I feel most comfortable when somebody speaks Manglish with me.
Maybe pasal my mixed family background kut, or is it pasal i kow-kow Malaysian? I dunnolah, but all i know is that this language is my very own culture and i feel insulted when people say that i kasi rosak English or Malay when i speak Manglish. Kasi rosak, kasi rosak lah, this is the language i grew up in ok! Back those days when my dad ask “ei what you want to makan for breakfast?” i jawab either nasi lemak, roti canai, cha kui, mee goreng, bihun goreng, koe teow goreng, teh tarik or like that la. Mana ada things like “owh dad, i would like to have fried mee/pulled tea!!”.
Imaginelah.. i grew up speaking like this. Untill today i speak like this to my family and good friends. My father, my grandfather all also speak like this. Then tiba-tiba come about people who say that people like me kasi rosak english la, tak tau cakap Malay la. Hello maybe i memang not speaking English or Malay lah, im speaking my mother tongue. The Malaysian constitution gerenti us that we can speak/learn/teach our mother tongue kan? Well today i am going to be proud of my mother tongue and write in it! Lantak you people who go screaming about bad English lah, pencemaran bahasa lah, i just dont care because this is my constitutional right, and im going to pakai it.
I dont know about you peoplelah, i just hope you orang understand that this is my culture. Samalah like you people so mati-mati want to pertahankan your culture and language, i also feel the same way about my culture and language. Honestly speaking i dont feel the same about punjabi (dads mother tongue) or even tamil (moms mother tongue), mom and dad spoke Manglish to me and each other. Oh and dont you even think that i am weak in English or Malay! I am fluent in both! but i still suka pakai my Manglish! and this time i am going to be proud of it!
This is me, this is my mother tongue, i am proud to be a Malaysian. Infact i consider myself a nasionalist! So kalau you tak puas hati, lantak youlah, lu tak rak suka lu mia pasai! You people masing-masing wanna fight for the survival of your mother tongue, i also wan la ok! And YES! Malaysians like food!!! and i also like okeh?!. Oh by de way, i want to ask the readers, think my bahasa cukup merakyat or not? please do leave a komen ya?.