RI protests use of ‘Indon’
in Malaysian headlines

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

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