10 Feb 2006
Singapore is part of malaya
Person: So are you studying now or what?
Kishore: Hmm.. yeah, I was in S’pore. Finished my 12th and currently waiting for my results.
Person: Ahh.. I see. So you are here for an holiday.
(comment: the above sentence was stated, not asked)
Kishore: Not really. I cancelled my PR and I am looking to join a university here.
Person: Oh really (*gasps*). Why?!
Person: It’s such a nice country. I mean you should have just stayed there… You should not have looked too much into the NS and stuff… Just two years right?
Kishore: Yeah.. but…
Person: (*shakes his head pitifully*) Anyway… you speak malaya.
(comment: again, a statement. Anyway, what the heck is malaya?)
Kishore: No, I took Tamil there. Its an official language.
Person: Ah… No. Malaya is the official language.
(comment: for your information, the “Person” has never been to S’pore before.)
Kishore: Actually, the majority of the people there are Chinese, and..
Person: No, Singapore is part of malaya. So malaya is the official language.
Why do I feel stupid? Shrugs.