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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sorry, what was your name again?????

Once upon a time in this Malay Archipelago, policemen were responsible to register a baby's name in the Birth Certificate. Dalam erti kata lain pendaftaran anak-anak adalah bersandarkan kepada 'kecerdikan' encik polis yang bertugas ketika itu dan juga darjah kepekaan pendengaranya. Sekiranya nasib tidak menyebelahi, maka anak yang malang itu akan menanggung nama yang gila tak best sepanjang hayat.

I met and happened to know a few people who have been affected by that catastrophic incident.


A friend of my aunt, a teacher. A very good looking, tall , slender lady named BERKEH. Her name was supposed to be BALQIS.

  • My mom's neighbour, a petite sweet and pretty lady who has been named RODOH. According to her, her mom all this while had happily thought that she has named her RODHIAH.
  • And out of trillions of name there is this whole wide world, a boy on his first day of school where my mom taught, found out that he was TIDAK BERNAMA. According to her grandmother, during the registration the boy's father was in the jungle. No he was not a Tarzan, he was a soldier. So one relative went to register his name. But because that Bendol met another Bongok Policeman, they did a stupid mistake which caused a mess in that boy's life. Later on, the boy's parents divorced and he was taken care by his grandmother who was illiterate.

Nevertheless, there are names which were quite extra ordinary and given happily by the proud parents without the fault of Mr Policeman.

  • A good friend to my dad is named MENTERI by his probably visioned and optimistic father. Luckily he retired as an honourable school principal. Maybe something went wrong somewhere that he did not end up in the parliament but I think its a blessing in disguise. If only he became a minister, what would the press referred him to??? Even worst, what if he became a Menteri Besar of some state. So it was good that he remains Cikgu Menteri or Haji Menteri. However, once he went for a Convention in Medan Indonesia and my dad was also one of the participant. He received a first class treatment, why of course, he is Pak Menteri ok.

  • My paternal grandparents must have been out of idea when they were to name their 13th daughter, so they named her Che Puan.She became a Cikgu Che Puan sometimes later and when she got married, her students called her Pn Che Puan, on purpose.
  • I met a very cute girl in college and her name was KLORIDA, and of course lah it would be satu perbuatan yang tidak bermoral for me to ask whether her mom really wanted to name her like that or that she was given a name which was related to some incident in her mom's life. So I thought her dad must be a chemist or a pharmacist.

  • And sometimes, there are person who's name really meant to be for him/her. I knew a boy named WAI SOH LONG and yesss people, he was soooo tall allright. But long? Err what am I referring to here?

  • A guy in Kanda's office was named PANDUNATHAN and I am very sure that his parents did not have the slightest idea that he would become a driver when he grew up. But he is now a PEMANDU to the big boss.

  • A friend once told me that his Master (during his pupillage period) was PUN KOK PINK but tidaklah aku tahu whether that name suited him ke tidak hu hu hu.

I came across a true story in Readers Digest about an American who was impressed to find out that a chinese man who owned a restaurant where he regularly went has a pure German name (it was Olaf something) and that man speaks very little English and looks nothing like he has a mix parentage. So he asked the man's son. What actually happened was that upon registering for his green card , he was asked his name and he said Sam Ting. Unfortunately for him , the man in front of him was a German named Olaf XXXX.

Thinking and writing about all this, I had a good laugh....

32 comments:

undomesticwifey said...

hahahahahahha..sangat kelakar ok!!

I never bumped into somebody wif weird names before..but I do know they exist..tapi ini sangat sadis lah!!

adeh!cramp perut gelak..

Naz said...

Funny!
My eldest sister is supposed to be called Sofia...pi register, terus jadi Sepiah! Lekat sampai ke tua. Tak glamer langsung :D

Lyana Mauseth said...

haha hg ingat dak dulu2 masa kakcik kecik2 dia selalu kata...tuan2 dan puan2 dan makcik puan bila dia nak bercakap?? haaa tu dia adik aku pun confuse haha...

abah aku pernah cerita dia pernah bergaduh kat balai polis masa nak register nama kami..aku tak ingat lah sapa antara kami kan...abah aku sampai amik kertas tu tulis sendiri nama yg dia nak buh tu..alahai..nasib baik..kalau dak kes nanya lah...polis tu punyalah bengkek kat abah aku time tu...

lawa la hg punya bcground ni...aku nak tukaq gak tp bla tukaq..semua nak kena buat lain..leceh la...

kakpiah said...

dedolu mmng centu.. sian oke..
sib baik nama aku ejaan nyer betoi dan buleh di terima di zaman saiber nih.. syukran.. syukran..

IRA said...

oh oh oh *sambil angkat tangan nak cerita*

saya ada cikgu yang nama mohd hamil (sepatutnya mohd kamil) dan dia sangat kurus dan tak boncet sikit pun...

mamasita said...

Very very funny! hahahahaha
There are cases where men ada ladies names.
Kat Kuantan ada guy nama Mat Vespa.Hows that!hehe

Desert Rose said...

Undomesticwifey,

Ha wait till u meet one, jgn u pi bantai gelak sampai koma kat depan dia ok, adalah sukar untuk menukar nama di negara ini.

Kak Naz,

My point exactly. Kesian Kak Piah, kirim salam kat dia k.

Desert Rose said...

Lyana,

Hg rasa mak cik Puan tertekan dak dgn nama dia????


Piah,

Ye ke Piah nama ko betoi ejaanya tu, cuba ko cek balik, tah2 dia tertulis Pirrrah ke Parah ke..

Desert Rose said...

Ira,

Ha ha ha lawak sungguh. Itu pasal la cikgu hg tu kurus sebab dia stress ngan nama dia. Ada client akak nama dia Nurul Huda tapi dia adalah macho dan gagah serta bermisai ok, ko bayangkan lah bleh ke aku yg kaki gelak ni nak attend dia, aku pulak yang stress, aku nak panggil dia En Nurul ke En Huda????


Datin,

Itu nama dia as per ic ke???OMG....mesti dia akan allergic dgn vespa an. Datin tetiba terngat Nasi Lemak Zaman la plak ha ha ha....I miss Kuantan

Salt N Turmeric said...

My aunt's (dad's younger sis) given name was Raja Hitam because according to the story, she was really dark when she was born. Thank god our court allow names to be changed if it's insulting or derogatory. Now her name is Raja Noraishah. ;)

KotaStar said...

Desert Rose . The sand must forever bless you for decorating its environment. Me? I thank you for the visit to Kotastar. I see that you have also linked to uncle Lee of Toronto. A great guy with his colorful stories.Just le me know your dad's name and contact and I could bumb into him during my travel. Cheers

MrsNordin said...

I think someone has done a similar posting before. If I'm not mistaken Kak Teh.

Among the comments received, one person mentioned she has come across someone named "Sampul bin Surat". Betul!! Ada IC number sekali! Heee.. hee... I thought that was hilarious!

Mimi said...

hahaha...

Nenek aku pernah cerita, di kampungnya (Selama, Perak)...ok..rasanya dalam 90 tahun yg lampau la kot..coz kalo dia hidup lagi, umuq dia 101 tahun. Ada orang yang diberi nama:
1) Bakul
2) Ketupat
3) Mengkuang
Seriously tak tipu

MrsJemain said...

Hahaaahhaha....makcik, nama Klorida itu salah ejaannya, ejaan sebenar adaah KELORIDA & her father is a police of high ranking. Aku pelik gak, cz adik beradik dia yg lain nama ok jer. Hahahahaha.... abih arwah bapak aku yg sgt hensem yg sepatutnya nama Yusuf krn polis itu juga namanya telah di eja sbg USOP. Arwah mak menakan aku (adik arwah bapak)pulak, sbb arwah nenda aku lupa nama yg dia nak bg kat arwah mak menakan aku, sesuka hati jer polis tu bg nama BOM sbb dia dengar arwah nenek aku kata arwah mak menakan aku dilahirkan ketika bom Jepun dijatuhkan di kampung tu. Naya!!!!!

Anyway, I lurve all your posts darling .... aku baru jer nak berjinak dgn blogpost, so aku akan pindah dr fotopages ke blogpost, tunggu aku link hang k.... I love u makcik....

MrsJemain said...

Makcik, tengok, salah eja dah melanada aku pulak.... hahahahahah!!! bkn blogpost hahahahah blogspot!!!!!

kakpiah said...

chaitt.. nama sebenar aku la weh.. mak aku tak rejister pon nama piah.. nama purak2 di alam saiber jer tuuu..
wakaka!!

Julie said...

Teringat dolu-dolu,lepas merambu pi lepak kat teksi stand, baca nama driver kat tepi teksi and bantai gelak ramai2. Tak senonoh betul.. ada ka nama dia nonomat?

Desert Rose said...

Farina,

It beats me how org dulu have an utter disregard kpd masa depan anak2 kan...gud for ur aunty.

Uncle Kota Star,

Tq 4 d visit

Desert Rose said...

Mrs N,

Really....? Mungkin bapak dia keja pejabat Pos

Mimi,

Nanti hg balik kg, pi la melawat pusara Atuk Bakul, Nenek Mengkuang ngan Opah Ketupat tu tau. Sedekah Al fatihah, jgn dok gelak ja.



My darling Mrs J,

Oh ya ka namanya KELORIDA...? Takpa la dia bapak punya Cun minah tu, kelorida oun kelorida la. Hg rasa apakah nama saintifik untuk RAZAK? Dan apakah nama anak mereka? Welcome to blogger, cepat la...I love u toooo

Desert Rose said...

Piah,

Aku tau la nama sebenar ko Era Fazira Ngesot eleh...


Julie,

Itu kira antara aktiviti rakan muda di waktu lapang ke?

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Desert Rose, ha ha, its very true, those wrong spellings of names.

I too have friends who have their names wrongly put on birth certs.

One lady friend, her name 'Beh", became 'Bah'.
And not allowed to change.
One fellow name 'Chia', became 'Cha'. One fellow, 'Cheng' became 'Chang'.

Imagine the problems and confusion that follows them all their lives.

Here in Canada no problemos.
Upon receiving our driving lisence, Citizenship cards we are asked to double check our spellings. Kalu sala, they will change it immediately.

You know, if you here, and if want to change your name to "Desert Rose", itu no problemos.

Just bring 3 letters posted to you from family and friends with that name, as well any other info shows people know or call you that name.
And thats it, you are 'Desert Rose", ha ha.

Keep a song in your heart, a pink rose in your hands and have a nice day, Lee.

MrsJemain said...

wahai desert rose yg cantik jelita, blog ku sudah bermula ....

Sis Dyna Rebutia said...

i dah jumpa kawan abah u yang nama Menteri tu...dia mai rasmi majlis kat sekolah tepi umah i ni..pastu i cakap kat my hubby..untung anak2 dia!dia tanya awat pulak?sbb depa anak2 menteri!huhuhu

kat kampung hubby i ada sorg nama ZAKARIA SAJA (semua yg hurup besaq ni mmg nama dia ok!)kesahnya bermula apabila pak dia nak pi daftar nama..tyme polis tanya : Zakaria apa encik? dia pun jawab la ZAKARIA SAJA...la ni dia jadi cekgu weyh!kalau mai jadi cekgu kat sekilah aku ngaji dolu mampuih la dia ni kena pemain ngan kami...hahaha

sorg lagi pengetua pertama sekolah agama yan..nama dia HENDUNG..pak dia asal ganu..pi teroka tanah belah perak..bila nak daftar nama anak dia sebut HENDUN dah tapi paham2 la kan...

moral of the story, polis dolu2 mmg bengong!sbb tu la ni jabatan pendaftaran yang buat tugas ni..

MrsJemain said...

Makcik, jom pi blog aku, aku dah hapdet.... ha, komen kat ruangan gossip tau....

tireless mom said...

Dear Desert Rose

I suka the new blog image.

Kelakar nya...

If Bunga Cinta Lestari, masuk dalam category opposite dia ke?

Ida Hariati Hashim said...

Kak Eza,

I have a friend nama dia Steve Kok...hahah, I wonder what was the father thinking when he named his son.

Cik Sar said...

saya ketawa bile baca ni...tp..emm..cam rasa berdosa lak gelakkan nama orang..kakaka(opsss..sambil tutup mulut)

kakpiah said...

cis bedebah!!
mana ko tawu nih?
silap sket jer tu..
aku betulkan...
Dato' Siti Era Fazira Ziana Beyonce Ngesot.. tu nama penoh aku..

tak caya sudehh...

Uncle Lee said...

Just dropped by say 'hello'. Lee.

kak ja said...

Salam kenal..

Psssttt!! Nenek husband kja namanya DARAH!! Most probably they wanted to name her Daharah, or maybe Zaharah kot..

And yes, Cikgu Mentri mmg famous kat SP ni, kan?

mizzyN said...

1. my former schoolmate's name is Muhammad Zopfan.
2. My mum and her sister were supposed to be named Faezah and Fathiah but ended up being Paezah and Pathiah.
3. My officemate father's name is Ribot sempena ribut.
4. I like the name Malaysia Rani.

mizzyN said...

eh ada lagi,
my ustazah in religious school once told my class about a boy who was named Hinzir. The little boy was devastated after knowing what his name meant. Until now i still wonder whether this is true or not.