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10 Unique Malaysian slangs on Twitter and Malaysia in the Eyes of the World

Twitter is where Malaysians come to have good conversations; from sharing their thoughts and where funny slangs are created. This year’s Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia celebrations on Twitter had seen fun-loving moments amongst the rakyat, where they were using newly made up slangs to creatively convey their many states of hilarious disarray or random situations happening in their day-to-day life. Twitter had also recently organized a Twitter Spaces session, where four top influencers also joined in on the Malaysia-related conversation. For Hari Merdeka celebration, it generated about 310,000 related Tweets in Malaysia.

Before we recap on the Twitter Spaces session, let’s first check out the 10 unique Malaysian slangs on Twitter:

Uniquely Malaysia: Unique slangs used by Malaysians on Twitter

Are you ready? Check out these 10 unique slangs used by Malaysians on Twitter (in alphabetical order):

“Alang-alang” means “While we’re at it” or “killing two birds with one stone”. ”Cincai” is the word someone would use when they’re in a hurry; e.g. “Whatever. Just go with it;” basically to do something with minimal effort sloppily. For “Gerak lu, pape roger”, this is the cool kids’ way of saying “See ya, I gotta split. Lemme know if anything’s come up.” Meanwhile, “Kautim” is one of the popular terms online (including Twitter) as well as offline, which means “To seal the deal. Coming to a closure. Okay. Agreeable. It’s all good.” When you hear “Kantoi”, it means “You’re toast. Busted. Caught in the act.”

If you’ve been told to “Leklu”, you’ve got to “Relax and chill first”. Next, “Mantap” is a strong word often used to express just how insanely good something is; for example, “I had Nasi Ayam Penyet yesterday, the sambal is so mantap!” Similarly, “Pergh” is said when you’re so starstruck with something it makes you almost speechless. On the other hand, “Syok Sendiri” refers to when you’re in a crowd watching your favorite singer performing live, and you think the singer is looking directly at you but it’s actually not. Finally, “Tacod” is used when you’re playfully saying that you’re scared but you’re actually not.

Which one of these uniquely Malaysian slangs have you heard or used? In addition to these, Twitter also invited four influencers to connect on Twitter Spaces to celebrate Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia. They shared experiences of what makes Malaysia unique.

Malaysia in the Eyes of the World: What do people love most about our Motherland?

Kicking off this year’s Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia celebrations was Hazeman Huzir (@hazemanhuzir), who hosted the Twitter Spaces session, Malaysia in the Eyes of the World. Joining Hazeman during the session were Mark Odea (@markodea8), Calista Liew (@CalistaLeahLiew) and Kavin Jay (@KavinJay) as guest speakers who shared their stories on living in Malaysia, along with their favorite things about the country.

“Bringing my mum on a trip to Sabah was one of the most unforgettable experiences I’ve ever had while in Malaysia. She was amazed at how beautiful and affordable everything was. It was truly awesome to show my mum where I live and the wonders of Malaysia – especially the food, the culture, the public holidays, and the beaches,” said Mark Odea enthusiastically.

Meanwhile, comedian Kavin Jay shared how quick Malaysians were when it came to helping someone in need, “When I was 14, I had an accident where a car hit my bicycle. I was badly injured, and many came to help me. They made sure that I was ok, sat me down, fed me water and dressed my wounds. I was bleeding a lot and one kind man put me in his car and drove me to the clinic to get patched up, even though I bled on his car seat. I will never forget the kindness shown to me that day. I love how everyone here genuinely wants to make sure that you are well fed and happy.”

For Calista Liew, a popular radio announcer, the diversity of every state in Malaysia inspired her, “Despite that, we all can identify as Malaysians because we have so many similarities as well! And don’t get me started on the food! I love to eat, and no matter where you go in the world, nothing beats Malaysian food with its variety and options!”

Perhaps the most surprising thing during this Twitter Spaces was when Hazeman Huzir, the host, mentioned something called “ibu duit.” It’s quite a revelation that so many Malaysians do not know what this term means or even realize its existence. “This is also news to me, actually. The term refers to the first ever money (in physical form, ie. cash) you received from your customer that you keep in your wallet or cashier. By doing so, it could help you attract more wealth – that’s what I’ve heard,” explained Hazeman during the session.

To make the session even more fun, they also had a short game where each guest speaker had to guess the meaning of the funny and unique Malaysian slangs on Twitter, and it had everyone on stitches. If you missed out on the Twitter Spaces, you may listen to the recording on Twitter.

What do you think of the Twitter Spaces and the unique slangs we mentioned? Tweet your thoughts about them!

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