Singlish: Why We Talk Like That?
The Wah Lau gang and Singapore's favourite Singlish songs
“Kena pay all the time, bankrupt all my money.” Singlish lyrics like these were what made the Wah Lau Gang resonate with listeners in the 1990s. In this digital exclusive, the band reunites to perform snippets of their hit songs, Singapore A Real Fine Country and It’s Okay Lah!
We don't hear it on TV. We don't read it in the news. Some call it a national treasure while others say it's a detriment. Yet most Singaporeans speak Singlish, whether we like it or not.
Since nationhood, attempts have been made to eradicate this language that stood in way of our first-world aspirations. But Singlish didn't just survive, it thrived.
In this two-parter, award-winning singer-songwriter Shabir goes on a journey to document the origins of our beloved language. He uncovers how a language once under relentless assault, rose from pariah to cultural phenomenon.