KUALA LUMPUR: The Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur protested the
recent publication in the Malaysian media of the term “Indon” in a news
headline, a word often used by Malaysians to describe Indonesians, and
regarded by many as derogatory.
Embassy spokesman Suryana Sastradiredja said Malaysia’s Berita Harian
published a story titled “Indon’s Dirty Tactics” on the appointment of
Indonesia as the host for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.
The story featured an interview with Malaysia Olympiad Assembly (MOM)
vice president W.Y. Chin, who said Indonesia selected sporting events
that would benefit its athletes.
“We’re disappointed and protest the use of the term ‘Indon’ because the
two heads of state have already agreed against using this term,
including in the mass media,” Suryana was quoted as saying on Wednesday
by Antara news agency. “We want no more writing of this kind, and firm
action taken against the writer.”
Suryana said Berita Harian often used the term “Indon” in its articles citing Indonesia. — JP