Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Khairy: Stop saying 'Indon'

9 Jan 2008
New Straits Times

SHAH ALAM: Stop using the derogatory term "Indon" when referring to Indonesians.

Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin said most Malaysians were unaware that the term was not used in Indonesia and that Indonesians were offended by its usage here.

Speaking at the Malaysian-Indonesian (Malindo) Dialogue 2008, he urged Malay-sians to be more sensitive to the feelings of Indonesians.

"The Malaysian media should lead the way by doing away with the term, to avoid causing ill feelings."

Khairy said words and terms which caused anger or hurt a person's feelings should be avoided as they could be used by irresponsible parties to fan discontentment.

Indonesian delegate Hamkam Noor said the term "Indonesian" denoted the identity of the country's people and the truncated word was belittling to them.

[Comment: And this was said at the Malaysian-Indonesian (Malindo) Dialogue 2008. Riiight!]

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