It's been a while I didn't spam this site. The feeling of not being able to write is really disturbing. However, I thank Allah for giving some inspirations of writing something today. Alhamdulillah. :)
I went to a restaurant, just common for colleagues in UIA, so better not to reveal any more specific informations. So yeah, I was perusing the drink selection and wondered what to eat for lunch. While deciding that, me and friends were having conversations in English. So suddenly a dude was coming to us for taking order.
'Oh, ingatkan orang Melayu yang tak reti nak cakap Melayu.'
'Ada masalah ke kalau tak cakap Bahasa Melayu?'
'Kalau setakat nak cakap 'jus tembikai', tak perlulah nak cakap Bahasa Inggeris dik. Adik bukan pergi Starbucks, pergi warung je pun.'
That was considerably rude! Caught up in anonymous dealing, I nearly lifted my smack for his face before remembering that was no way for a complete idiot.
First of all, is that should be a problem to speak in English? Yes, it's just a watermelon juice. But it's just a watermelon juice. Is that really troubled to understand the meaning so it comes the difficulties to find a dictionary and looking for it until sweating? Tak kan? I am not bloody awful to speak to you with hard vocabs and so that you feel embarrassed as if, 'Hahahahahaha! Loser! Cakap English pun tak tahu!' I am not that kind of person.
Secondly, Melayu is not Melayu just because he speaks Melayu. A Melayu is Melayu for sopan- santunnya, budi bahasanya, sifat bertimbang rasanya and any other virtues for a mankind. So, the 'free sermon' you gave me just now, oh!, I am super 'pleased' and thank you for 'appropriate' way of giving advice and tell you what I am very 'appreciate' that. Ini Melayu juga ya, being sarcastic.
Thirdly, for a true Melayu, you have to get A1 for your Bahasa Malaysia in your SPM. That is really obvious. You must know how to pantun. You must have read Tenggelamnya Kapal Van der Wijck, or any other poetry books, have a knowledge of Malaysia history, caring for other Melayu's affliction and you have to rouse and be a great Melayu, help other Melayu after all this times, Melayu were troubled and hidup kais pagi makan pagi, kais petang makan petang. Shame on you if you are only a Melayu whom just know how to speak in Melayu.
Hem, after we finished the foods, I called the same dude to pay the bills. I really determined to let him know that I am a keen observer towards Melayu people. Okay tak lah. Just so he knows that I am truly proud to be Melayu. :)
So, when he was at our table, I gave him pantun:
Burung merpati terbang melata,
Hinggap di dahan bersiul sepi,
Panggil abang bukan saja-saja,
Sekadar nak menjelaskan bil kami.
'Tak payah sampai berpantun. Cakap Melayu sudah.'
Orang Melayu berbudi bahasa,
Tegur bersopan, cakap pula bersantun,
Bahasa Malaysia bahasa ibunda,
Kalau Melayu, balaslah pantun.
'Nak suruh kira ke tak nak ni!'
Gamat meniti di dalam belanga,
Di atas bara tidak mati,
Cakap omputih bukan nak bangga,
Sifat Melayu tersemat di hati!
'Bukan lah. Saya minta maaf sebenarnya.'
Terus chow pergi bayar kat kaunter. :D