Di Bawoh Rang Ikang Kering
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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

The way things are now, I have the fear that my grandchildren (all 9 of them, so far) will be a bit confused when they grow up. They are nice kids now. Their parents are raising them right. Islamic and Malay values are much in evidence.

Will they change once they get older and start to read western self -help books? Am I just anally anxious?

Parents teach them humility, the success books would teach them about assertiveness, holding your ground, take no prisoners and being visible. I remember one politician a long time ago asking the Malays to be a bit kurang ajar. What's wrong with being polite and humble? Isn't that in our culture? Just go through the Malay peribahasa (the general term for proverbs, similes etc.) and you will find a lot of examples. "Ikut resmi padi, makin berisi makin tunduk" (Be like the padi, the fuller it is, the lower it bows) is one about being humble. Now we hear "If you got it, flaunt it" and conspicuous consumption. Incidentally, consumption is the old word for batuk kering (Tuberculosis).

In Terengganu we have a lot of places named after a feature of the land. A raised piece of land is called a gong. Do not confuse this gong with the the round brass instrument used in joget, dikir barat and silat pulut. Thus, we have places like Gong Kapas, Gong Tok Nasik and Gong Kedak. Gong also means a state of mind. My limited English prevents me from giving you the precise meaning of the word. Maybe I have to wait until beta blogger comes out with a Terengganu-English Dictionary. Until then I will try my best. You are gong if you strut around, full of yourself and being far from humble. So Shel Silverstein, cartoonist/humorist who said " I am so good, I don' t have to brag" would be called gong in Terengganu.
Maybe we should update our peribahasa. May be we shouldn't..What do you think?

| 1:15 AM :: ::
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  • I thot 'Gong' (state of mind) came from the word 'tanggung', as in "woahh...'tanggung' sungguh mu ni" (one is out of one's mind).

    Abt the peribahasa, Karam Singh Walia has made me ashamed of myself, me not knowing as much as he did. I heard, when Karam was 10yrs old, he found the peribahasa book in a bin while searching for a hockey ball. He keep the book & learned by heart. Don't know how far it's true, but yes, we do need a new one.

    By Blogger Jane Johan, at 1:07 AM  
  • Pak Ku, if I'm not mistaken 'gong' for kelantanese has different meaning - dungu or lembab. So be careful when talking to them... heh...heh..

    BTW, I'm glad that I found your blog. Though the old KT that I know is not as 'rustic' as yours, some places remain the same, I guess. Except kedai 'Pok Loh Yunang' is now brighter...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:17 AM  
  • Pak Ku,
    You are too kind, but you've already defined the word adequately. And Honeytar has brought fresh insight into the word gong that never occurred to me. I knew many 'gong' people in my time, and I took the word to mean a show off, as opposed to someone who was "bedo'oh lalu", i.e. excessive in behaviour. My guess is that 'bedo'oh' came to be that way via the Arabic 'bid'ah'. My Mum used to call 'showy' people Gong Kapas (a place in KT) by way of homophonic diversion. A bit like Cockney rhyming slang, but different. Yours is so addictive, plse continue blogging.

    By Blogger beta-blogger, at 6:45 AM  
  • I have yet to have grand children, but I am equally worried about my kids'values.Before they leave me to start their own lives, I am trying my best to educate and inculcate Islamic vales and Malay culture in them.

    Coming to the word "gong", the way I used it is to mean" bodoh dan sombong"(stupid and arrogant).The 'gong' I think is derived from the "bengong".

    By Blogger Berisman, at 8:43 AM  
  • My brother once sent me over a Terengganu dictionary. Shall see wether I still have it in my C drive! I think I was brought up understanding 'gong' as bodoh sombong plus berlagak.

    By Blogger lion3ss, at 11:27 AM  
  • this is just great uncle, i could learn some Trengganu slangs..hehhehe..

    hope to read more slangs in future. i also think we need to update our peribahasa like... 'takkan lari gunung dikejar..' as most of the hills have been cleared to be developed as residential areas..

    yes it is time to update our peribahasa.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:43 AM  
  • Well, I suppose it's all about balance : I do want them to grow up all polite and beradab, but at the same time I want them to have the courage and confidence to speak their mind. I don't think these two objectives should necessarily be conflicting.

    I read somewhere that your character is pretty much in place by the time you're three, so if you're well-adjusted then, you'll be all right as adults, too. I think your grandchildren would do okay. Aiysha and Aliya can get a little obnoxious, a little control-freaky sometimes, but hardly gong material.

    By Blogger mokciknab, at 2:41 PM  
  • I don't think you have to worry Pok Ku... from (what little) I know about them, they seem to be intelligent, well-adjusted kids and you'd also be surprised at how resilient young people can be in the face of 'adversity', be it stress or external pressure. So breathe a little easier okay? *hugs*

    By Blogger DaisyBoo Blacksheep, at 7:34 AM  
  • Frankly speaking...I do not want to insult anybody here,especially our fellows from Terengganu.I've been living in Terengganu for about 13 years.Our family migrated to Terengganu 27 years ago from the state of Kelantan.For it's a such culture schock.Literally,Kelantanese and those inferior being of Terengganu are totally different.

    Those Terengganuan are very "rude" literally.They are short minded,hot tempered,uneducated,poor and most of all conservative.There are no such developement in Terengganu.Not much of foreign investors are really interested to sink their investment in Terengganu.From the time of early 80's till now in the year of 2006,it was not much different in Terengganu.

    People from outside the town of Terengganu refers to the town of Kuala Terengganu as "bando".It is a normal conversation to hear ; "Mung nok gi dane?"...."Aku nok gi bando natang..!" Such a lame conversation.Such an idiot people of Terengganu.Do you ever thought why there are none of Terengganuan appears in Malaysian cabinet?The answer is very simple...THEY ARE STUPID..!

    Such a rich state with mineral source should not have the view as we have in Terengganu...You can compare rich oil states or country such as Texas,Brunei,Iraq,Iran or simply Miri....The state of Terengganu is none comparable to those states.

    Lack of education is the main reason for me.I'll describe a metamorphosis of a typical Terengganuan.Say like this Terengganu lad was born from a simple lower middle class family where his father is a school teacher and his mom is a religious teacher in a secondary school.This Terengganu lad went to a normal primary school.During his primary era...This Terengganu lad couldnt even learn how to speak a proper Bahasa Melayu where all Malaysian suppose to know how to use it.After visiting those poor primary school maybe in Sekolah Kebangsaan Seberang Takir,he went to his secondary schooling.At this point,he began to learn about life.Learn how to smoke,learn how to take drug,stealing,and "self claim" triads...Hahaha..."Takpe ah..aku kabo doh ke awok ye,dok soh tebeng laghi aaa...Kite tengok sape pecoh muke dulu...Pahni seghik ah tu awok ye..."..This how a Terengganu Gengster Kampung talks when he wants to show how good he is....Poor being..!After finishing his secondary schooling he dont know what to do.He just simply work after that,maybe as a jamming studio receptionist or sales boy at a bundle(used clothing store) store somewhere in Gong Kapas.Wow..! What a great life to live...! This is only an example of a typical Terengganuan generation.They have to migrate somewhere else for a better living.They'll refer Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur as "Kolupo".It is normal to hear this kind of dialogue.."Usop anok Cekgu Jusoh kije mane leni?"...."Ohh....natang tu dok Kolupo lening...paka kete doh..."
    Which means..."Where do Usop,son of Jusoh the teacher works now?" and the answer is such..."Ohh...he is working in Kuala Lumpur,he already has a car right now"

    Talking about business oppurtunity,there are no such things in Terengganu.People here do not have great purchasing power.You could see there are none shopping place in Terengganu.There are only lousy "Emporium Hock Kee Seng" which offers 70% of discount all year long or "Pusat" or simply "Sabasun" the food market."Sabasun" is a nice place to shop in.

    Personally,I do not hate the state of Terengganu and Terengganuan.They are destined to be like this.Once,I met this Senator who lives nearby my house.Of course,he is a Terengganuan.We do talk about current issues and his political ideology.We talk about the 26th December 2004 Tsunami after that.I was totally shock,when the Mr.Senator said "Pok,nok gi ala ke Kedoh esok,sebab nok gi tengok oghang kapong hok ghumah ye kene wak laghi ke ombok Tsanumi" the dialogue if translated sounds like this "I want to go to Kedah tomorrow,I do want to visit the villagers,whose houses are destroyed by the wave of Tsanumi"....No no no...I wasnt mispelled..Yes it is..the senator said "Tsanumi" confidently instead of "Tsunami"...Wow...this Senator was a State Assemblymen of Terengganu.Can you imagine what kind of people in the government of the state of Terengganu?? Let's give a big laugh to those creature..!

    "Cekgu nok tekangkan,bab 2 tok masok peghekse..!"...Is it sounds like
    "Cikgu nak terkangkang,bab 2 tak masuk periksa...!" Or
    "Tekangkang" in Terengganu slang means "Tekankan" ?

    I had enough....Please Terengganuan,dont be so stupid...Cut the Kolupo(Kuala Lumpur),Natang(Binatang),Kete Lipang(Light Rapid Transit such as PUTRA or STAR),Bando(Bandar),Mat Leh(The white people,the Caucasian),Patta(Pantai),Ikang Singgang(Ikan Singgang),Kelatang(Kelantan),Ikang(Ikan),ke laut(to the sea),awok ye (which means "diorang"),Ganah (which means "that's cool").....Cut the stupid language crap.......

    By Blogger Maldini, at 6:32 PM  
  • another kelantanese with gedebe attitute.. hehe

    woman - tino (betina?)
    man - jate (jantan?)
    jollo - ???

    apa punya bahasa ni?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:17 AM  
  • another kelantanese with gedebe attitute...hehe

    I also had enough..please Kelantanese,cut the tino (betina/woman), jatte (jantan/man), jollo (???/???) natte (binatang/animal) etc.

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