Malay Proverbs (Bidal Melayu) related to Poverty

Oriental Pied-hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Ênggang sama ênggang dan pipit sama pipit juga.
Hornbills will with hornbills sport;
Sparrows with their kind consort.
Birds of a feather flock together;
Rich and poor do not forgather.

The husband comes home and stays hungry: a stranger passes and the rice is cooked forthwith
Hilang bahasa kêrana mas, hilang budi kêrana miskin.
Access of wealth may manners cost:
Through poverty is prudence lost.

Hujan mas perak di-nêgêri orang, hujan kêris lêmbing di-nêgêri sêndiri, baik juga di-nêgêri sêndiri.
Tho’ gold may pour from foreign skies,
Whilst spears and daggers rain at home;
Yet better off is he who lies
On his own soil, than far to roam.

Source: Malay proverbs : bidal Melayu by Hamilton, A. W., First published 1937

This post is part of Blog Action Day 08 – Poverty

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