TUNKU DIA UDIN.
whom the work had not the charm of novelty, gladly staying at home in his stead. On these occasions the boatmen would sing, if encouraged by us, and after exhausting their stock of volkslieder, would begin to improvise. Taip and they, on one occasion, chanted alternate verses, evidently chaffing each other. I could not understand all that they said, for Malays always sing very nasally, and with an exaggerated tremolo; but I made out that Taip was hurling withering sarcasms at the boatmen and their country, and glorifying Sarawak; while they retorted by asking why, if Sarawak was so fascinating, had he left it? I only recollect one coupletait has stuck in my memory, because I often afterwards quoted it, when life was particularly stagnant. It was Taipas composition:
a Orang Langat, jangan main ;
Main di Langat taada jadi.aMain di Langat ta ada jadi.a