Thursday, October 07, 2010

Renaming

Someone asked me, "Why must Malaysia have the word 'Malay' in it? Isn't that unfair?"

Brain progression:-

If we joined the words Malaya with Sabah and Sarawak what else can we get? No, you can't get rid of m-a-l-a-y from the word because it's what the Peninsular is called. It's like asking for a reason why India sounds like i-n-d-i-a-n even though there are other races living there.

So, common denominator of Sabah and Sarawak is "Sa."

Option 1
"Sa" means "ones" in numerical terms as in, "What is 432?" Answer: four hundreds, three tens and two ones.

Ones-Malaya. One Malaya. Sounds like.... One Malaysia.

The irony!
I guess maybe our Prime Minister had the same idea given our 1Malaysia political programme.

Really, Malaysia could've saved a lot more money if they had taken time to conduct a branding brainstorm.

I hope they're planning to offer equal-opportunity, non-discriminatory perks to Malaysians CURRENTLY living in Malaysia since they're so eager to RETRIEVE overseas Malaysians to enhance the talent pool. Yoo hoo???? Or do I need to go overseas first to benefit from this nation building exercise?

Option 2
Would people be happier if "Sa" were given literal preference? Hmm...

Samalaya

Sounds like, "Samalah ya?" (translation: It's the same innit?)

I guess we have our answer.

1 comment:

Saz_lasung said...

Amen sista!

Good observation.. I never would have thought about it that way..

Thank you..