‘Pian’ voted word of the year in Malaysia


Compiled by C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

THE Chinese character Pian – which can be translated as lying, cheating or to deceive someone – was voted as the Word of The Year for Malaysia in 2019, reports Sin Chew Daily.

The number of votes for Pian (6272 votes or 24.62%) far outstripped its runner-up Yan (Chinese: hate) which received only 11.72% of the votes.

Ranked third was Ma (10.54%), which translates as horse, followed by Luan (9.81%), which means disorder.

In fifth and sixth were You (9.76%) and Kun (7.66%), which translates as worry and trapped respectively.

Huazong president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan said the word Pian represents the collective feeling of the rakyat.

However, he said it was not an attempt to voice their dissatisfaction to the government.

“This word ‘Pian’ is not made against the government or any association.

“It represents the people’s collective voice.

“We hope the government can learn from this,” he told reporters while attending the 2019 Annual Malaysian Han Character Selection event on Sunday.

The event was organised by Huazong, the Han Culture Centre of Malaysia, the Chinese Language Standardisation Council of Malaysia, the Association of Chinese Newspaper Editors of Malaysia and radio station Ai FM.

It is held annually to pick out words which best summarises the entire year.

This year, the selection committee received 267 word nominations, of which 10 were shortlisted for voting.

> Malaysian singer Fish Leong (pic) says she continues to believe the world is beautiful despite the emotional trauma she went through in her recent divorce, China Press reported.

Leong, who hails from Negri Sembilan, was visiting a primary school in Taiwan’s Keelung City on Saturday for a performance.

Reporters who were at the event asked her how she was feeling recently, to which she replied saying: “I am fine.

“I continue to believe that the world is beautiful.”

It came as a relief to many fans who were concerned about Leong’s emotional wellbeing.

The 41-year-old singer had reportedly broken down during mid-song in September.

After the performance ended, she held a press conference saying that she was divorced, having ended her nine-year marriage with businessman Tony Chau.

Chau was recently seen dating two women and were photgraphed holidaying with them in Singapore.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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