- Sudden meeting with a stranger.
Living in Penang, Green Lane
A man called at the door, quite vain
And asked if I knew a Dr. Ah Poke
Who was a friend of Ah Fook.
- Abdullah 37
When I was seven
I wondered what all the fuss was about Abdullah thirty-seven.
I then learned that it was a brand of rokok
Smoked by men wearing songkoks.
- Teacher love.
When I was eleven I fancied my teacher Miss. Chan
She said I had no chan.
She was going out with another teacher, Mr. Thurusingum
So I plastered his car with chewing gum.
- The Sikh
‘Achar-hay’ said the Bayee-hay
As he prepared his rattan bed for the night.
I aimed my catapault to his right
Pretending I was trying to hit a jay.
- Tongkat Ali
Tongkat Ali was said to have come from Bali
Walking home up a decrepit alley
He boasted he had the best soup kambing
And are we all coming?
- The Barber.
The barber said he was going to make me botak
And I told him he’s had too much arak.
- Chinese & Indians are brothers.
‘Chini-Hindi bhai bhai’
That, I remember, was uttered by Chou-En-Lai.
And, true, he never told a lie.
- In a hurry.
The mama-man shouted
‘Out of my way
I swore & said
I was no Fittipaldi.
- The Gardener & the bees.
I was playing with a bee-hive
When our kebun was going home at five.
The bees attacked!
What the heck!
I ran to my kebun
Who took over the act
And saved your dear Boon
- My first Indian girlfriend.
‘Oh my goodness gracious me!’
Shrieked my girlfriend Miss. Jalli
‘You have ruined my pretty dress
And just when we are going to the Deli!’
‘Undress my dah-li, & we can play at making fa-mi-li
Oh my goodness disgracious me!’
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I left Malaysia when I was 14 & now, in my dotage, I still have some fond & vivid memories of the country & its people Here is my contribution: