The title may seem to be overrated though but although Malaysia is a small country, we do believe we are cool Malaysian people. Just like the saying goes “you need to believe in yourself, then others will believe in you” isn’t it? Just a brief information about Malaysia Population, as at to date we are standing at 32 million which is 0.42% population of the world. Malaysia people are friendly, colorful and cheerful. Yey to Malaysians! So, lets start..
“This la” “That la” “Boleh la”…
Our first so called cool habits of most Malaysians would definitely show in our sentences. Saying ‘La’ in all sentences. So what is ‘La’? ‘La is not a proper word (Like really?!) as a description but it can be used as a question for example “Can we go to Sunway Lagoon. Can la?”; pity statement “Such a nice magnet. Give discount la”, annoyed statement “This also you don’t know. Like this la” and much more. There has to be a slight melody when you add in the ‘La’ in your sentence though.
Public Holidays almost every month
Well, the second reason why we think we are cool because we have so many festive holidays being a multi-cultural country. Unfortunately, for business owners who have projects abroad may not think this as something cool though, especially when you have different time zones with other country and then the holiday comes. Malaysia has almost every month a minimum of 2 extra Public Holidays in average. Sometimes we believe that our country is designed to encourage the strong buying power among the citizens especially with the festive shopping in front of you. Check out our best shopping spree’s in Malaysia article.
Eat, eat and more to eat
We cannot avoid food as one of our attraction in Malaysia. Malaysians love to eat and eat morning, lunch, night, middle of the night, early morning..But why?! The saying we used to hear in Malaysia says, “When you have a happy tummy, everything else is manageable”. We have many food restaurants because it is a place where we meet friends, family gatherings, and even old school reunions. Our food pricing varies from inexpensive to expensive high end food delicacies. Of course this includes local and international food restaurants. Just name us one country you’d like to taste the food from and we believe on average at least one restaurant exists with their local cuisines or similar cuisines.
Is Lepak and Loiterring the same?
We love to lepak.. Is that really a word?! This may sound a waste of time for some but maybe lepak is more like loitering. Loiterig is definitely a waste of time BUT lepak is something like a meet up or hangout time with close friends (super long hours). We could stay hours talking in the restaurants (eventhough some meetups are almost on a daily basis) that only we could understand how much fun it would be. Maybe that’s also one of the reason why Malaysia has so many restaurants i.e. we talk for hours and no more seats left for other eateries. Hahaha…
Mix of everything
‘Jack of all trades, master in none’, would probably be to most of our Malaysian citizens in terms of Malaysia language. Our English may not be perfect, our Bahasa may not be perfect, our Mandarin may not be perfect, our Tamil may also not be perfect BUT we are Malaysians. We are survivors and regardless of being perfectionist in language we just enjoy life socializing regardless of being shameful for the grammatical errors or being imperfect in conversations. Communication is not just about being perfect but being in the same page understanding each other. At least we know a minimum of two languages in hand even though it is not so good. Besides, too many professors in the world will make it a boring place to live. No offence Profs ☺
Sunny weather is cool but A/C is cooler
Why is Malaysia so hot? Malaysia weather is pretty much all year sunny and rainy. Just because the hot actors and actress in ‘Baywatch’ says it’s pretty much cool being outside during summer, unfortunately, most Malaysians do not think the same. Being in the sun is not what we love that much but thank god, there is our life savior called air-condition. Don’t be surprised if you are in the cinema in Malaysia with a full blast air-condition is as if you are in Europe during winter. Do not forget your pullover.
Punctual or Malaysia Time?
Some may think this is a bad habit of most Malaysians. Being punctual in work is a different story but when it comes to casual meet-ups, it is always better late than never. A minimum of 5 mins is considered punctual enough but trust us, waiting for someone on a casual meeting can also be up to 2 hours or so especially during weekends. Its horrible waiting this long but mindset is another thing. ‘On the way’ is normally, ‘I just left home a minute ago’ but as mentioned earlier better late than never.
So, have you blended with the locals, yet? Well, doesn’t matter much what you think though. All we could say is better just to hop in the boat to also feel as if you are cool people just like us Malaysians. Are we cool? Hahaha.. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Tours in Malaysia. Proud to be Malaysian! ☺