“Are You Even Malaysian?” And Other Things Malaysians Can Relate To

Happy 61st Merdeka Day to all fellow Malaysians!

What a time to be a part of this country we call home after more than six decades of independence. As Malaysians, we are always trying to find our identities elsewhere but we forget that being Malaysian is an identity of its own. Quite frankly, it is an identity like no other — let it be known to the world that being in a diverse country doesn't come easy.

We have grown to love and accept our motherland for all its strength and weaknesses, its beauty and imperfections. To this day, we Malaysians still have to fight against racism and discrimination on daily basis. Nonetheless, Malaysia has matured in so many ways and so have the people. For all it's worth, this land would not be what it is today if it weren’t for the diversity that we have with a manifold of races, culture, tradition and, of course, food.

In all honesty, terms like melting pot or salad bowl are too generic to describe our country. We prefer to consider ourselves as “Nasi Campur” — A true embodiment of Malaysian culture with a little bit of everything from different cultures on one plate. To celebrate this meaningful day, we spoke to #TEAMCLEO on what makes them a true Malaysian.

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Medina, Beauty Writer

What makes you Malaysian?

What makes me Malaysian is my love for take-out food. I’m someone who absolutely loathes cooking; I don’t know how to and I don’t want to know how to cook! So having endless take-away options and restaurants that open 24/7 just makes my life so much easier. That, and I love a good sale.

What is the one thing you’re wearing that’s Malaysian.

This see-through crop top is by TSyahmi — I got it for a steal at his sample sale (see aforementioned love of sales)! I think he’s one of the few Malaysian designers who still has his own point of view. He’s not passing off bits and pieces of someone else’s designs as ‘inspired’ pieces, you know? He does sparkle really well. I’m very into shiny things…

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