What is ‘Tiga Sama’ ?
|Mr.Tan Tai Seng. P.N.M.,M.N.S.|
One day while I was waiting for a friend in Kampung Cina in Kota Bharu. (Kelantan).I went to a Malay stall and ate a packet of nasi lemak and a cup of teh tarik. After finishing my meal, I asked the Malay lady Mek, berapa and tried to sound Kelantanese. She answered ‘Tiga Sama’. I stared at her and began to garuk my kepala. She then realised I must be orang luar and not the orang Kampung Cina. She quickly said "Satu Ringgit Lima Puluh Sen".
Later, I told my friend what had happened and he said that what she wanted was ‘tiga satu mas’. You know orang Kelantan – aya for ayam and ika for ikan. It seems in the olden days, satu mas is 50 cents and so tiga sama is RM1.50. Later, I found out in one of our books in the library that 1 Spanish Dollar – 2 mas.
However, this is more to this sama business that meets the eye. But then it is another story.
Story By:Mr.Tan Tai Seng. P.N.M.,M.N.S.
Contributed by Blogger En.Depankanta from Kelantan:
Sesiapa saja yg datang datang ke Kelantan(termasuk org melayu)akan ada pengalaman demikian, depankanta tak pasti dimana kg cina yg dilawat Mr.Tan.Orang2 cina Kelantan memang guna dialect Kelantan pekat!
Sebenarnya "tiga sama",sebutan sebenar ialah "tiga amas"bermaksud tiga 50 sen = rm1.50.
sebutan ikan ialah "ike",ayam ialah "aye"...