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The following entry explains the meaning of Koya. Is Hilmi a koya man? You decide. 







Koya – a Kelantanese derogatory term to describe a person who has insensible, unrealistic, nonsensical yet romantic ideas about stuff in life. It might come from an Arabic word Khayal, meaning preoccupation and intoxication. The closest Malay equivalence should be Perasan or Berangan.


In Kelantan, when a person says, “Koya nyo mung nih!”, it is always said with slight contempt and dismissal (though some might say it in a subtle, polite and joking manner). Anyway, my little sister always claims that I am a koya person, which hurts me a little. But I suspect, she’s always been right about me. I have in fact always been a koya man, being surrounded by novel ideas from dry books and pathetic love songs, being driven by cloudy mindsets because of too much involvement with handsome lakes and pretty Mother nature, and being alone with stupid ideas most of the time. 


Standing in the middle of the road and staring blankly at these sad, dead, dry leaves, I have to admit that I’m really a koya fool. If not, I wouldn’t be here now on a foreign land. Doing my lunatic PhD.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. nasay permalink
    October 7, 2009 2:47 pm

    koya x nyusoh ko ore lain xpo mi.. ko guano?


  2. October 7, 2009 9:27 pm

    nasay, sengoti tuh! safe koya hehe


  3. April 18, 2011 12:45 pm

    I think ur ‘koya’ gives something to you. If not u won’t be writing this blog n I won’t be able to read ur “koyaness’ thought. Most of all you won’t be doing your Phd!


  4. huda permalink
    June 8, 2011 5:04 pm

    a koya person is an imaginative person who has lots of dreams to be achieved in mind..tTo be a true koya man , you should never stop of being koya , hold onto your dreams and continue striving to achieve them..^^


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