20 Most Common Sayings in Malaysia and What it Means

20 Most Common Sayings In Malaysia and What It Means

Malaysia is a multiethnic and multicultural country located in Southeast Asia, and its population is made up of many different ethnic groups, including Malays, Chinese, Indians, and various indigenous groups. The official language is Malay, but English is widely spoken and understood, and there are many other languages and dialects spoken throughout the country. Malaysians practice a variety of religions, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity, among others. The country has a rich history and culture, and Malaysians are known for their hospitality, friendliness, and love of good food.

"Ada udang di sebalik batu"

Meaning: There is a hidden motive or agenda.

"Bagai aur dengan tebing"

Meaning: Inseparable

"Cepat melenting, lambat melata"

Meaning: Quick to anger, slow to calm down

"Dalam diam ada gula"

Meaning: Good things come to those who wait

"Gajah sama gajah berjuang, pelanduk mati di tengah-tengah"

Meaning: When two equally strong parties fight, the weak suffers the most

"Habis sudah"

Meaning: It's all gone or finished

"Jangan buat hal"

Meaning:  Don't cause trouble or stir up controversy

"Kaki ayam" 

Meaning: Lazy or unmotivated person. Literaly means the leg of a chicken

"Langit biru"

Meaning: Perfect or ideal situation, literal means as clear as the sky

"Minyak dalam air"

Meaning: Complicated situation or problem

"Nasi sudah menjadi bubur"

Meaning : It's too late to turn back now

"Orang kampung"

Meaning: Simple or unsophisticated person

"Pandai cari makan"

Meaning: Resourceful or street-smart

"Rendah diri"

Meaning: Humble or modest

"Sakit hati"

Meaning: Hurt or offended feelings, literal translate to hurting heart

"Tak ada tandingan"

Meaning: Unmatched or unparalleled

"Udang di sebalik mee"

Meaning: Hidden agenda or trickery

"Wajah seribu satu maksud"

Meaning: Someone who is hard to read or unpredictable


Meaning: Unique or special quality. The prevalence of talent search across asia created a unique term to define special people

"Yakin boleh, jika diusahakan"

Meaning: If you believe in yourself and work hard, anything is possible.

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