'Close one eye' culture


KJ John     Published     Updated     comments

Malaysians generally believe in a ‘close one eye’ culture. What does this mean?  It actually originates from‘kesian dia, bagi chance-lah’, an attitude prevalent in the traditional Malaysian worldview.

These words truly reflect the gentle, genteel and nuanced Malay culture of grace and finesse which is still found, but maybe only in traditional kampongs.

They engender a culture of forgiveness and grace, when wrong is done against one. This value is not very much found in modern urban centres, not even in my modern Kampung Tunku of Petaling Jaya. All Malaysians will understand what I mean.


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'Close one eye' culture

KJ John,

Malaysians generally believe in a ‘close one eye’ culture. What does this mean?  It actually originates from‘kesian dia, bagi chance-lah’, an attitude prevalent in the traditional Malaysian worldview.

These words truly reflect the gentle, genteel and nuanced Malay culture of grace and finesse which is still found, but maybe only in traditional kampongs.

They engender a culture of forgiveness and grace, when wrong is done against one. This value is not very much found in modern urban centres, not even in my modern Kampung Tunku of Petaling Jaya. All Malaysians will understand what I mean.


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