tak pasal-pasal kena

English translation: dragged into the mud for no rhyme or reason

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Malay term or phrase:tak pasal-pasal kena
English translation:dragged into the mud for no rhyme or reason
Entered by: Graham Bennett

10:04 Dec 5, 2018
Malay to English translations [PRO]
Livestock / Animal Husbandry
Malay term or phrase: tak pasal-pasal kena
Under a newspaper photo at https://cilisos.my/boleh-ke-cina-malaysia-balik-china/
Full sentence "Apalah salah babi dan lembu, tak pasal-pasal kena"
Graham Bennett
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:12
dragged into the mud for no rhyme or reason
Explanation:
this is colloquial Malay:
- 'pasal' means cause, issue, fault, so 'tak pasal-pasal' means for no cause, no rhyme or reason, no fault of their own
- 'kena' means to get it, to be targetted, in this case cows and pigs being dragged into the name-calling mud
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Bashir Basalamah
Singapore
Local time: 13:12
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4 +3dragged into the mud for no rhyme or reason
Bashir Basalamah


  

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dragged into the mud for no rhyme or reason


Explanation:
this is colloquial Malay:
- 'pasal' means cause, issue, fault, so 'tak pasal-pasal' means for no cause, no rhyme or reason, no fault of their own
- 'kena' means to get it, to be targetted, in this case cows and pigs being dragged into the name-calling mud

Bashir Basalamah
Singapore
Local time: 13:12
Native speaker of: Native in MalayMalay
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Thank you!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Fabio M. Caldas: After doing my research (asking native speakers), I can only agree with Mr. Bashir.
4 days

agree  julidiawati
5 days

agree  Beng Suan Toh
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