It must be the environment of her upbringing I think. She is in her last year in her Kindy where she speaks English and Mandarin. She speaks Indonesian (seriously) to my Maid (as she said Bibik would not understand us in Malay perfectly so she has the habit of translating what we said to Bibik in her own so called Indonesian language) and Manglish to her parents. She spend most of her time in school and with Bibik. At home her friends would be the Tube with Disney Channel all the way and at 5 something, she would accompany her Bibik to watch Indonesian series on Prima which she would refer to as 'Cerita Bibik' until either her mom or dad reaches home. Then only she would be allowed to go to her best friend house next door, Sofea, or she can invite Sofea to come over. They speak Manglish to each other. I always eavesdrop and hence I know that she is having quite a problem conversing in a good Malay. Gila kesian anak aku.
Diva : Sofea, my elbow hurts la
Sofea : What is elbow
Diva : Awak ni, "lutut tangan" la
Later, i found out that lutut tangan is actually her SIKU
One night she came in my room, paled face
Diva : Mommy, kakak nampak TISKU
Me : Menatang apa tisku tu?
Diva : Mommy, rat ok rat. A big one.
One nite, her brother cried downstairs. I asked her what happened to him
Diva : Daddy misplace abang punya 'ANAK KERTAS'
Me : Huh???????
Diva : I dont know la, ask Daddy
Later I found out that she was trying to say "SURAT BERANAK'.
One day she called me in the office
Diva : Mommy, please come home now, u have to send me to school'
Me : Why, what happen to aunty Sara
Diva : Aunty Sawah (trouble in pronouncing 'R' sound ok) punya Mobil rusak"
On another day she told her Daddy,
Diva : Daddy, abang naughty today. Dia main sampai SORE, kumon pun tak siap buat lagi. I have finished mine already
(we get these all the time, infact this will surely the starting point of fire between both of them which will end with a debik from her brother. Dah namanya Joyah kan, kepoh la.
She got bored easily after 2-3 pages of story book in Bahasa but would read her Grimm's Fairy Tales until she could memorized the wording. If I said some numbers in Malay, she would have to count in English with her fingers to find out what number I was referring to.
Well i guess i have to speak like Nik Safiyah Karim or A Samad Said from now onwards and spend more times with her. And probably start a Bahasa Malaysia Week at home. No other language is allowed especially INDONESIAN...Good Lord.
So Bibik, mari kita bertutur dalam Bahasa Malaysia yang sempurna ya.