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Saab will soon be known as HumSaab


Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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Some of you would have read reports that the car manufacturing company, Saab, has just been sold to two Chinese companies. Saab started off as a Swedish company in the mid 1940s and in addition to cars, the company also manufactured jet fighters for the Swedish air force. The earlier Saabs were as tough as tanks as they were made from very good Swedish steel.

I had a Saab 99 EMS which I bought new in 1977 for the sole purpose of rallying. Pic above shows my Saab crossing the finish line in a rally which ended in Genting Highlands. Despite a head-on collision with a Ford Mexico in an oil palm estate, I still managed to finish the rally. The Ford retired after the collision. That shows how tough the Saab was.

The later Saabs were not quite as tough, especially those made after 1989 when General Motors became the owners. Saabs were no longer viewed by the buying public as "tough cars" and their design also became nondescript. The earlier Saabs looked liked rockets or jet planes but the later models had no identity about them.

I therefore sincerely hope that the new Chinese owners will rename Saab to HumSaab. The new name HumSaab will connote both toughness and sexiness. "Hum" will suggest it is as tough as the Hummers used extensively by the US Army and all Cantonese speaking Chinese will know what HumSaab means Smile
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Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
October 29, 2011 8:50am

YewHum YewSaab! KowHum KowSaab!

Yew(Also) Kow(Enough) Hum(Saltish) Saab(Wet).

Of course, everyone knows what HumSaab is since we were kids. Smile Name changing is one thing, let's hope they won't do what they are good at - cutting corners!!

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
October 29, 2011 9:10am

There are many complaints about those machines manufactured by them. In comparison, India does a better job.

Thanks Kayes for the interesting account of your rallying experience. No matter how good the car is, it takes lots of skills and driving experience to win any rally. Syabas!!

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
October 29, 2011 6:59pm

Instead of "YewHum YewSaab", "YauHum YauSaab" sounds more Cantonese! "YewHum YewSaab" is in Hakka dialect. Learnt this Hakka phrase from our Hakka neighbours in Ipoh. Smile

Car rallying is about overcoming environmental obstacles, quick thinking and good eye-hand coordination. Despite the head-on collision, the above pic. shows Kayes's Saab finishing the rally proves that Kayes just knows what to do. It's one of his traits. So proud that our Ipoh Talk, Taiping Talk & Penang Talk capt. is into fast cars and car rallying besides being a professional photographer. All his awesome pics. provide us hours and hours of viewing pleasure. Thanks Kayes!

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
November 1, 2011 6:26am

This is another Hakka song I learnt from our Ipoh neighbours:

"Ah Moi Moi,
Kin Nien Ki Dor Soy?
Ka Bin Ngai,
Oil Ngm Oil?"

Ah Moi Moi (Young Girl)
Kin Nien (This Year) Ki Dor Soy? (What is your age?)
Ka Bin Ngai (Marry me)
Oil Ngm Oil (Want or not?)

A very cheeky Hakka song!! This "Ah Moi Moi" must be in her teens and this anxious young guy is eager to "Kiam Lou Poh" (to get a wife). That's why he needs to know if she is of marriageable age - this year! She is so attractive that he just can't wait - I presume!! Smile

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
November 1, 2011 9:34pm

Hakka "Moy" not Hakka "Moi", right? Smile

So, the above Hakka song should start with "Ah Moy Moy" to sound more Hakka. It has been a while I have not conversed with anyone in Hakka. Sort of lost touch! KL is another Cantonese world, except Klang where Hokkian is prominently used.

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