Jargon Watch: Ah Beng

Ah Beng – A sub-culture in Chinese communities of Singapore and Malaysia similar to the British Chav. They have their signature dress: gaudy floral shirts, tight jeans and sneakers, (sounds a bit similar to the old speed garage / two-step crew who used to love Moshino jeans and Versace shirts) and often carry around plastic combs. Like chavs they are associated with criminality and random violence.