43. Kacang lupakan kulit
The bean forgets its pod
The nut is ashamed of its shell. Said of those who are embarrassed
by their own humble origins. Nouveau riche.
44. Dapat tebu rebah
To come upon a fallen sugarcane
In effect, to be spared the effort of cutting it. In clover.
45. Pinang dibelah dua
Two halves of a betelnut
As alike as two peas. Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
46. Pagar makan padi
The fence devours the rice crop
Breach of trust. To suffer injury at the hands of one from whom
protection was expected. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
(Who shall keep the keepers themselves?)
47. (Seperti) aur dengan tebing
(Like) bamboo and riverbank
One strengthening the other in perfect symbiosis.
Part of a large family of idioms which includes: seperti dakwat dengan kertas
(like ink and paper); and hilang tukul, hilanglah pahat
(lose the hammer and you lose the chisel too).
48. (Seperti) durian dengan mentimum
(Like) the durian and the cucumber
An uneven match. Odd couple. As unalike as chalk and cheese.
May also mean "easy meat" - unfair competition, as is the case
between harimau dengan kambing (tiger and goat);
or lang dengan ayam (hawk and chicken).
49. Apa boleh buat?
Nasi sudah menjadi bubur
What's to be done? The rice has become gruel
An irreversible situation. Beyond help. No use crying over spilt milk.