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Malay term which denotes that something has happened. Closest English approximation is "to get".
1. "He kena scolded by the teacher." (He was scolded by the teacher.)
2. "He kena whack by Ah Beng." (He got hit by Ah Beng.)

KENA ... UPSIDE DOWN  (Contributed by Hume)
Denotes having received especially harsh treatment.  Fill in your own verb between 'kena' and 'upside down'.
1. "Wah lau, today I kena screwed upside down by my boss."
2. "Piang, yesterday our football team kena thrash upside down."

KENA JACK  (Contributed by jianhui)
A term originating with the Mats, it means to be trumped, tricked or taken advantage of by someone. Possibly derived from "hijack"
"The score is 1-0... our team all kena jack siah!"

KENA QIE  (Contributed by Melvin Lam)
A hybrid Malay-Mandarin phrase, it is derived from the Malay word 'kena' (meaning 'to be afflicted with') and the Mandarin word 'qie' (meaning "slice").  It is used to describe undergoing something difficult or onerous, such as losing a game.
1."Wah lau! Yesterday's maths exam, kena qie!"
2."Yesterday, I kena qie by Ah Beng in snooker."

A happy marriage of Malay and Chinese meaning to get into trouble. Literally, "got hit by shit."
"He didn't do his homework, so kena sai from the teacher."

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