Friday, 22 January 2010

AYAH CONTROVERSY: "Tell Your Children NOT to Call You AYAH"

The following story is being circulated in the Malaysian blogosphere and email network.
A man came home from work and his children ran to him and called out ‘AYAH ! AYAH!’.

His neighbor got very upset and said to him,
“Can you please tell YOUR children NOT to call YOU ‘AYAH’?”

The man asked, “Why?”

The neighbor retorted, “Because MY children call ME ’AYAH’ too. They might get confused and mistake YOU for their father.”

Then the man told his neighbour, " Are you not ashamed to say that your children do not know who is their ‘AYAH’. So you are saying by using the word ‘AYAH’ , your children will call me "AYAH" too without knowing who is their father."

The neighbour said, "YES, ONLY I should use the word ‘AYAH".

The man said, "Then there is something wrong in what you are teaching your children.They are NOT sure and do NOT know who is their ‘AYAH’ !"


Anonymous said...

well...if this ayah word is so confusing to the malays....just imagine....what the other, abang, kakak....may sound....somehow they are and are not.... confused by them as and when it suita wife calling husband...abang and also calling the son this not confusing...husband calling the sister adik and also the daughter adik....who initially called the wife also adik....really confusing.....

Anonymous said...

To avoid controversy completely, can I suggest that all Malay words should be muslimised . No other denominations or races are allowed to use them?

Anonymous said...

To avoid controversy totally, can I suggest to the Malaysian Government to muslimised all Malay words, so other denominations or races are banned to use them?

ktteokt said...

If that "holy word" is so sensitive, then the Azan should not be blared through the loudspeakers on top of mosques and also it should be removed from the TV broadcast, otherwise this word will reach the ears, eardrums, oscicles, cochlea and finally the brains of non-Muslims who are not at all entitled to even hear this word!!!!!!!!