Anonymous asked in TravelAsia PacificMalaysia · 5 months ago

can someone plz explain to me how Malay names work?

So I see this news article:

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 — Former deputy foreign affairs minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican has urged Putrajaya......

the minister's name has four words.

Reezal Merican Naina Merican

Merican appears twice. What does this arrangement mean?

1 Answer

  • 5 months ago

    Their name is their name. GET OVER IT.

    Some people when they marry take a hyphenated combination.of last names.

    The children then have two. When the children then pair up it might be four . Some like to have long names that honor many past family names of both parents.

    Some choose to take the spouse last name and all in the family have identical last names and not some creative statement of genealogy back generations.

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