Why do Malaysians call these stores ‘kedai berhantu’?

Malaysians are talented in making up trendy phrases and urban slang. Makcik bawang (literally means 'onion aunties') for instance, refers to women who like to gossip. Why the onions? The gossiping usually happens while they are in the kitchen chopping onions, hence the name ‘makcik bawang’. Another common lingo among Malaysian netizens

The forgotten Malayan labourers of Burma Railway during WWII

The Burma Railway is infamously known as the Death Railway. It is because thousands of people died building it during World War II (WWII). The Empire of Japan built it from 1940-1944 to supply troops and weapons in the Burma campaign. The railway is 415-kilometres long connecting Ban Pong, Thailand and Thanbuzayat,

A legend of how the Timugon Murut people came into existence

The Timugon Murut is one of the 29 ethnic groups of Murut people. Overall, the Murut people can be found mainly in Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia as well as in Brunei and Kalimantan, Indonesia. As for Timugon Murut, they mainly live in Sabah. Each of the ethnic group of Murut people

Remembering an old Iban ceremony called ‘Gawai padi datai’

The Iban community is known for having different kinds of gawai celebrations. Even though we associate the word 'gawai' with partying today, the feasting and festivities are actually secondary to the main event of the gawai celebration which is the religious ritual. Some of the examples of gawai rituals