Chart Chiak Bak

(Version in Hokkien)

Chart Chiak Bak

Lang Khnua Tiok

Chart Tiok Phar

Bo Lang Khnua Tiok!


(Version in English)

When the thief eats meat

Everyone saw

When the thief was beaten

No one saw!


About this rhyme/ditty:~

This rhyme/ditty describes how everyone knew when a thief spends his ill gotten gains but when that thief was caught and beaten, no one is aware of it!

The author/owner has compiled for record, a collection of early Hokkien sayings, proverbs, rhymes and ditties to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian, China where individuals climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the South China Sea to settle in faraway lands to escape the brewing civil unrest and a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These ditties retell their story and their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..




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