The other day, I learned a new Singapore term: “atas.” “Atas” is the malay word for up/above. It’s also used to denote a “high-and-mighty” attitude. It’s a term used to describe Singaporeans who have been overseas and returned to their home land but they come back with a foreign accent and a high-and-mighty attitude.
Hmmmm…I wonder if I’ve displayed this “atas” attitude when I interact with people in Malaysia and Singapore. Do I seem “atas” when I reminisce about my days in the US? Am I “atas” when I compare things in the US with Malaysia/Singapore?
On a different note, I think most Singaporeans have an “atas” attitude towards Malaysia and Malaysians.