This mak hang tak tau phrase was a favourite of my late father. And also sometimes my husband.And also the husbands of many other wives.Correct?
And sometimes by children where the word hang is changed into ni.So it goes like this: Mak ni tak tau…..
As a child or even when grown up,I always disagree when my pa said the words right infront of my mum’s face. Not giving her a chance to finish her sentence.
Belum pun habis mak nak cakap dah keluar dah phrasa keramat tu.Tapi yang mak hang tak tau person tu lah jadi anchor bila masaalah keluarga timbul. Bila kewangan sempit,tiba tiba ,orang inilah yang dapat menolong.
There was once when I was still schooling in Form 5.The Principal rounded all the students who were still having hutang yuran sekolah. Stern words were issued on the dire consequences of not paying up.I went home crying.Malu beb dok kena naik office jumpa pengetua.
As usual telling pa about the matter would bring a dont know how look.But mum suddenly came with a few rolled up money and the matter was settled.
I asked mum later,where she got the money from.
Tu jual botol,jual telor ayam itik,jual ayam ,mak simpanlah sikit sikit.My mum had taken tailoring baju kurung as well.And to supplement the vegie ,she turned the land enough for the monkey’s legs apart around our house into her vegetable plot.She had asin,ubi kayu,ubi keladi,pokok betik,pokok pisang.So we had our supply of vit C aplenty.
Even buying grocery or fish,mak would be stringent. Not to say taik hidung masin sampai anak kebulur.The grocery money would be saved bits by bits and in time of needs she would be ever ready to help especially matters concerning her children.
So when I heard the mak hang tak tau being said,I told them off.Tu mujur mak hang tak,tak tau nak boros belanja, tidak sapa nak tolong kita.For many men,when they have money,their friends are plenty.Pagi petang siang malam muka berseri seri seri.Ada saja meeting sana sini. Bila duit habis,kawan rakan pun ketepi.Sapa lagi nak dicari:
MAK hang tak tau lah ,sapa lagi!
MUMMY : Its ridiculouskan when they called me Mummy Blur just because I dont wear bling bling and I didnt go zing a zing when apek ikan came a calling.
MAMASON: Ya la mummy.Sapa yang mula panggil mummy,mummy blur? Sapa ya?