Malay Weddings Don’t Cost $50 and Other Facts About Malay Culture


Hidayah Amin
2014. Helang Books
Softcover, 24 cm x 18 cm, 224 pages,
150+ full-colour photographs
ISBN 9789810910518


Malay Weddings Don’t Cost $50 and Other Facts About Malay Culture is a collection of 42 articles which serves as a guide to Malay culture and heritage , lifestyle and personas.

The book highlights some Malay customs and practices, including controversial issues such as circumcision, supernatural beings, determining of virginity, and the infamous ‘$50-Malay-wedding’ remark that triggered a heated debate on racism in Singapore in October 2012.


Table of Contents

Let’s Lepak!

Malays Who?

What’s in a Name?

The Kampung House

When Visiting a Malay Home

Don’t Label Me Lah

From the Cradle

The Malay Royal Court

No Pork, No Lard

O Pocot!

Ramadan O Ramadan

Sepasang Kurung Biru (Blue Baju Kurung)

Countdown to Eid… and it’s Eid!

Eid-ul Adha


Of Calender & Mandi Safar

Khatan-The Journey from Boyhood to Manhood

Malay Weddings Don’t Cost $50

Potong Andam

Items Commonly Seen at a Malay Wedding

The Malay Hijabista

Mari Bertandak!

B for Bangsawan


Peribahasa Melayu

Of Krispy Kreme & Malay Medicine

Kuda Kepang

Gamelan & Wayang Kulit


P. Ramlee

The Keris



Ali Setan

Who’s your Malay Hero?

Hang Tuah vs Hang Jebat

The Rose & the Pandan

When Rice Grains Cry

Two Sisters, a Witch & a Princess

Pulau Penyengat, the Seat of Old Malay Royale

Weight 850 g
Dimensions 24 × 18 × 2 cm

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