Ikan Kekek
by Tracy Wong

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Ikan kekek mak iloi-iloi

ɪkɑn kɛkɛk mɑk ɪlɔɪ ɪlɔɪ

Ikan gelama mak ilai-ilai

ɪkɑn gəlɑmɑ mɑk ɪlɑɪ ɪlɑɪ

Sungguh cantik sayangku amboi

sʊŋʊh tʃɑntɪk sɑjɑŋkʊ ɑmboɪ

Tapi ketawa mengilai-ngilai

tɑpɪ kətɑwɑ məŋɪlɑɪ ŋɪlɑɪ


Ikan kekek mak oloi-iloi

ɪkɑn kɛkɛk mɑk ɪlɔɪ ɪlɔɪ

Ikan gelama mak ilai-ilai

ɪkɑn gəlɑmɑ mɑk ɪlɑɪ ɪlɑɪ

Kalau adik nak jadi pandai

kɑlɑʊ ɑdɪk nɑk dʒɑdɪ pɑndɑɪ

Mari belajar janganlah lalai

mɑrɪ bəlɑdʒɑr dʒaŋɑnlɑh lɑlɑɪ


Tenang-tenang air di laut

tənɑŋ tənɑŋ ɑɪr dɪ lɑʊt

Sampan golek mudik ke tanjung

sɑmpɑn golɛk mʊdɪk kə tɑndʒʊŋ

Hati terkenang mulut tersenyum

hɑtɪ tərkənɑŋ mʊlʊt tərsənjʊm

Budi yang baik rasa dijunjung

bʊdɪ yɑŋ bɑɪk rɑsɑ dɪdʒʊndʒʊŋ


translation


Ponyfish mak iloi-iloi

Croaker fish mak ilai-ilai

My dear is very beautiful

But her laugh is loud (and not graceful)


Ponyfish mak iloi-iloi

Croaker fish mak ilai-ilai

If you (little one) want to be wise

Come learn (study hard), don’t be lazy


The sea is calm

The boat floats towards the bluff

The heart recalls, the mouth smiles

Kindness is (always) upheld / encouraged



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