I was at Petronas along Federal Highway, just before the Pusat Bandar Shah Alam exit on Tuesday morning. I bought a newspaper (to keep myself occupied-knowing how the tracking system at court works) and a can of coffee to perk myself up. That was the first time I ever stopped by that particular Petronas. I asked the cashier "Tandas kat mana?" and he answered jokingly, "Akak keluar, pusing kanan, ada traffic light, pusing kiri. Aaa tandas kat situ lah." I was like, seriously, I am in no mood to joke/fool/
flirt around at that time. It was in the morning and I went through a massive traffic jam in Federal Highway and the last thing I felt was entertained. But then again, he may just be one bored fella and I believe he's just doing his job and be people friendly to the customers but sorry dude, I was not in the mood. I might have 'accidentally' rolled my eyes and raised my eyebrow and I think he noticed so he asked me, "Akak ni Cina ke Melayu?" Seriously, this boy is getting on my nerve. I asked him, "Huh? Kenapa? Macam Cina ke?" He answered, "Entahla, nak kata Melayu, tak macam Melayu. Nak kata Cina pun tak jugak. Tapi cakap macam Cina." I asked again, "Saya cakap bunyi macam Cina ke?" He said yes. At that point I couldn't help but laugh. That was the first time someone said I sounded like a Chinese. Then I said to him, "Melayu lah."
As if that is not enough, later in the evening, as I was about to leave the Court Complex and was busy digging into my handbag for my car keys, one of the security guards approached me and asked, "Cik ada order teksi ke?" I said, "Order teksi? Takdelah. Boleh order-order teksi eh?" He said, "Boleh. Kalau teksi tu cakap ada orang order teksi, kita bagi la dia masuk. Dia kata ada perempuan Cina order teksi. Tu saya tanya Cik tu." Again. So I said, "Takde. Saya takde order. Saya bukan Cinalah." He then said, "Oh bukan ye? Ingat Cina tadi. Sebab tu saya tanya."
I got back and looked into the mirror and wondered, which part of me looks like a Cina again? hahaha. No, it did not bother me at all, don't get me wrong. It's just that I find it funny and what a coincidence that it happened on the same day.