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Read all about it: great books about ‘great Malaysians’

It’s the season for giving. With Christmas approaching and all, give, and give generously.

While there’s giving as in giving gifts, there’s also the uniquely Malaysian way of giving as in whacking, or better expressed colloquially as taroh or hantam.

These two words, most likely, started out as Malay words. But they’re now truly Malaysian words, just like 1MDB, Bossku, Keluarga Malaysia, Timah and other recent linguistic inventions.

I’m sure soon enough somebody will become offended about their use, but for now let’s continue using them until or unless the Cabinet tells us otherwise.

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