B: sorry lah, I need money to pay for my cab and lunch-lah
C: can you help me for a minute?
adopted from the Malay language and widely used by Malaysians regardless of race.
also used as an "economiser" that shortens sentences by 80 percent.
translation: "come on, don't be shy" or "come on, don't waste anymore time"
translation: "Okay, okay, I'm sorry" (if said in apologetic manner)
examples listed above are not sufficient to fully understand the deep and intimate meaning of "lah". Contact a Malaysian friend for phonetic guide and a proper understanding of this mysterious syllable.
Also, la, leh, ler, le, laa.
No lah!!! That one is Jimmy's one lah.
He is crazy one lah!
This chow kuey tiaw (fried rice noodles) is the best one in town lah.