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MELATAH- an untranslatable Malay word   Leave a comment

… just like the word AMOK.

Malays are very good people with very unique, distinct features in politics, culture, and traditions- and there is no other race and no other tribes, comparable to the Malays. I’m proud to be a Malay.

Malays are also famous of some emotional matters. Let’s read this poem. (It is in Malay. Translate it here http://translate.google.com.my)

MELAYU

Melayu itu orang yang bijaksana
Nakalnya bersulam jenaka
Budi bahasanya tidak terkira
Kurang ajarnya tetap santun
Jika menipu pun masih bersopan
Bila mengampu bijak beralas tangan.

Melayu itu berani jika bersalah
Kecut takut kerana benar,
Janji simpan di perut
Selalu pecah di mulut,
Biar mati adat
Jangan mati anak.

Melayu di tanah Semenanjung luas maknanya:
Jawa itu Melayu, Bugis itu Melayu
Banjar juga disebut Melayu, Minangkabau
memang Melayu,
Keturunan Acheh adalah Melayu,
Jakun dan Sakai asli Melayu,
Arab dan Pakistani, semua Melayu
Mamak dan Malbari serap ke Melayu
Malah mua’alaf bertakrif Melayu
(Setelah disunat anunya itu)

Dalam sejarahnya
Melayu itu pengembara lautan
Melorongkan jalur sejarah zaman
Begitu luas daerah sempadan
Sayangnya kini segala kehilangan

Melayu itu kaya falsafahnya
Kias kata bidal pusaka
Akar budi bersulamkan daya
Gedung akal laut bicara

Malangnya Melayu itu kuat bersorak
Terlalu ghairah pesta temasya
Sedangkan kampung telah tergadai
Sawah sejalur tinggal sejengkal
tanah sebidang mudah terjual

Meski telah memiliki telaga
Tangan masih memegang tali
Sedang orang mencapai timba.
Berbuahlah pisang tiga kali
Melayu itu masih bermimpi

Walaupun sudah mengenal universiti
Masih berdagang di rumah sendiri.
Berkelahi cara Melayu
Menikam dengan pantun
Menyanggah dengan senyum
Marahnya dengan diam
Merendah bukan menyembah
Meninggi bukan melonjak.

Watak Melayu menolak permusuhan
Setia dan sabar tiada sempadan
Tapi jika marah tak nampak telinga
Musuh dicari ke lubang cacing
Tak dapat tanduk telinga dijinjing
Maruah dan agama dihina jangan
Hebat amuknya tak kenal lawan

Berdamai cara Melayu indah sekali
Silaturrahim hati yang murni
Maaf diungkap senantiasa bersahut
Tangan diulur sentiasa bersambut
Luka pun tidak lagi berparut

Baiknya hati Melayu itu tak terbandingkan
Selagi yang ada sanggup diberikan
Sehingga tercipta sebuah kiasan:
“Dagang lalu nasi ditanakkan
Suami pulang lapar tak makan
Kera di hutan disusu-susukan
Anak di pangkuan mati kebuluran”

Bagaimanakah Melayu abad dua puluh satu
Masihkan tunduk tersipu-sipu?
Jangan takut melanggar pantang
Jika pantang menghalang kemajuan;
Jangan segan menentang larangan
Jika yakin kepada kebenaran;
Jangan malu mengucapkan keyakinan
Jika percaya kepada keadilan.

Jadilah bangsa yang bijaksana
Memegang tali memegang timba
Memiliki ekonomi mencipta budaya
Menjadi tuan di negara Merdeka

~ Usman Awang

AMOK and MELATAH are two Malay words, and both are untranslatable.

In the Oxford Dictionary,

amok /@”mQk/ (also amuck)
· adv. (in phr. run amok) behave uncontrollably and disruptively.
– ORIGIN C17: via Port. amouco, from Malay amok ‘rushing in a frenzy’.

In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary,

latah \ˈlät-ə\

noun: a neurotic condition marked by automatic obedience, echolalia, and echopraxia observed especially among the Malayan people.

Let’s talk about our topic, melatah.

Latah is a cultural-bound syndrome among Malays, Eskimos, some Indians. But recently, I discovered that some Sarawakian rural ethnics are also melatah. 

Why? Melatah is very contagious, very infectious. Whoever made a person melatah, he/she is prone to have the same syndrome of the victim. The good news is, not all Malays are melatah, and to make someone not melatah to melatah, takes some time.

I am one of them. 😛

Still wondering what is melatah? Here’s a video for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5YKGyx5Evc

Notice what they say? “Oh pokok!” “Opocot!” “Oh mak kau!” “Alamak kau jatuh, eeeeeh…!”

That’s the words of melatah. The sudden increase in volume of sound, the sudden saying of any words, sudden insults are then, are some actions of melatah.

Here’s another video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZCcePjc7Ng

Yes, melatah is contagious. Just like AIDS, fast-spreading but the effect takes time.

Even men do melatah. No medicine is found for melatah yet!

Melatah is in fact a reflex action. Everyone around a person who melatah, beware. Besides the fun, there is danger waiting.

I’ve found an old women with an impressive melatah. She is my late grandma’s friend. Our family, indeed, most of them are melatah. No matter which gender they are from,  yes, melatah is a very contagious syndrome, it will infect everyone.

I’m not insulting anyone but seriously, it is quite fun to make someone melatah, as well, being melatah.

In academia, melatah is still in study, and the status whether it is a syndrome or a mental disease or a mental problem or whatever, is still unknown and melatah is in research right now. The researchers are mainly Malays, which is the origin of melatah itself! There is a film made by Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) students, called “Melatah the Documentary”, and surprisingly, the film won several awards!

In conclusion, melatah is an interesting action, and it is irresistible. Now, shock your friends, and in a little second, “Opocot, mak kau!”

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Posted February 6, 2012 by princerighty1 in EVERYTHING IS A REASON

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