October 25, 2007

what is Lean?

In a vile effort to cloud its employees’ minds that they’re not in anyway being taken advantage of by having less pay and more work, Company X management sent out a campaign memo a few days ago to promote a Japanese production control ideology

lean manufacturing

But little did they know, that in Malaysia (and Singapore), the word ‘lean’ can open up to a whole new level of meaning… like this one…


A female given Chinese name (meaning ‘lotus’).

adjective (slang)
To describe a seemingly uneducated and goth young Chinese female with extremely bad taste in fashion and lower than average intelligence. Colloquially prefixed with ‘ah’ in speech as in ‘ah lean’. (sometimes spelled as ‘lian’ or known as ‘ah huey’ in Singapore)

That cinema has been flocked with shitloads of stinking ah leans since the premiere of that Para-para Sakura flick yesterday… fucking hell man…

So, what is Lean actually? It depends on who you’re asking, people. If you ask me, I’d say pay me more and shut the fucking hell up.

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7 Comments to “what is Lean?”

  1. deriku says:

    lean – squeezing the hell out of every employee until they shrink, whither and die in a pile of bones.

  2. Andre says:

    Hahahaha. Funny that. Everybody seems to be on the 6 sigma bandwagon these days… Smells like pseudo-statistics to me ;) That’s one of the reasons I like (found) this blog… interesting words :D

  3. Danielle says:

    interesting. this is what i just learned in operations management!

  4. michaelooi says:

    deriku – Not as serious as you claim ler, just ‘fuck every employee up in the ass until their anuses open up like a rafflesia flower’…

    andre – you’re welcome, andre. Maybe you can write a song about it…

    danielle – They teach almost the same thing everywhere nowadays. Sooner or later, we’re gonna have to group exercise on rooftops (like Hiro Nakamura’s company…), no shit…

  5. bongkersz says:

    so 6 sigma is the mantra nowadays? the in thing? bah! :D

  6. vincent says:

    This kind of crap is present in every company these days. The difference is only in the name.

    Like I always say: different crap, same bullshit.

  7. cbljkkj says:

    If you have time to lean, you have time to clean. Sorry, just had to sneak that in.

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