A Malay Proverb – “Jangan Nak Bermaharaja Lela”

The only person who, in former days, was not in the least affected by the royal taboos which protected the regalia from the common touch was the  official who held the post of (Maharaja Lela). He, and he alone, might go freely in the royal apartments wherever he chose, and the immunity and freedom which he enjoyed in this respect passed into a proverb, the expression (jangan nak bermaharaja lela) being used to describe an altogether unwarrantable familiarity or impertinence.

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