Assalamualaikum and Good Afternoon,
Frankly speaking, I think it is a case that has been left brewing too late by the 'defenders and custodians' of Malaysian born Indians sense of self dignity, pride and honour all these years due to the ball carrying mentality of its so called leaders and heads of the Malaysian Indians and Indian Muslims society!
All these years, the Indians and the Mamaks @ Indian Muslims just kept their pride in check and played footsie with the Malays for fear of retribution by way of economic sanctions and denial of place in the higher echelons of the Malaysian political scene.
Whomsoever dared to 'rock the boat' or show 'terrer' will immediately see themselves be set upon , chewed to a pulp and spit out as 'gone cases' political hasbeens and find themselves in the Malaysian political wilderness as experienced by so many before them.
The first and second generation Indians and Indian Muslims were very much a subservient lot who always toed the line that the Malay Nationalists in UMNO set that this offensive and derogatory term 'keling' that was used so frequently by the racists in the Malay community came to be taken for granted as a common term to call the Indians and the Indian Muslims of yesteryears.
I am talking about the 50's, 60's and 70's era. Those days , the denizens of the Malaysian Indian and Indian Muslims societies played dumb, deaf and ignorant of the racial slur being used against them by the racists in the Malay society from then till the present moment.
The Indians, whether consisting of the Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs have always been sidelined when it came to progressing because the leaders of the communities always have been taking care of their own fortunes and neglecting the people they are supposed to represent.
The Indian Muslims in Penang have had to fend for themselves and only those few who tried to assimilate themselves into the Penang UMNO and who had political aspirations have achieved any sense of self enrichment at the expense of the majority of the Penang Mamaks.
Many of the Indian Muslims in Penang hover between the poverty line and only a very small part of the population have any semblance of being well to do. These are the few Indian Muslim Jewellers found near the Masjid Kapitan Keling area and those doing the shipping stevedoring and ship chandlers business since the Colonial times.
Most Penang Mamaks live a very frugal life and life has been hard for them.
To add insult to injury, the idiots running the Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka so irresponsibly insult these poor folks with a term so offensive that today some of the latter day Indians and Indian Muslims have had enough and are suing the racists sitting so smugly over there in the towering Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka thinking that it's okay to call people 'keling' this and that!
It is so unbecoming for the DBP fellas from a race that is supposed to portray fine culture and tradition of being hospitable and mild mannered over the centuries to be so bloody adamant in sticking to their usage of such an offensive term and thinking that they have a right to call the Indians and the Indian Muslims so!
This is plainly a case of the fellows in the Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka of being ' kurang ajar!' The Malay proverb of 'Orang berbudi ; kita berbahasa' is lost on these guys!
Do the Malays know that they themselves are not really being put up on a pedestal by the Malaysian Chinese populations all these while?
Well, let me open them up to the reality of what the Hokkiens call them. 'Huan na!' literally meaning ' Jungle people' ! :D There you have it ! To those working in Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, I think it fits them to a 'T'. Don't you agree?
Only people with no manners and sense of decorum will think that it's okay to print and publish such official dictionaries of the Malay language calling their fellow Malaysians such offensive and derogatory terms ; hence I hope that they are happy being called as 'Jungle people' by the Hokkien Chinese of Malaysia.
The Chinese go a step further and call themselves as 'Thng Lang' @ 'Sweet People'. They too call the Indians 'Kalinga' meaning ' people from Kaling - a term they use for India. But the Malays in the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka use the term in a derogatory fashion with the added terminology of 'Keling Mabuk' @ Drunken Kelings, 'Keling Mabuk Todi' @ 'Drunk with Toddy Kelings, 'Keling Karam' @ Drowning Kelings, etcetera!
This is not healthy for nation building! The racist idiots using such derogaratory terms ought to retract the terms from their publications and apologise to the Indian and Indian Muslim communities in Malaysia!
What kind of a bloody vulgar example are these idiots in the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka trying to show to the young ones in our multi ethnic, multi cultural and multi faithed society in Malaysia?
This is just like the racist whites in America calling the Blacks in their country as 'niggers'! Many lifes have been lost as a result of folks getting incensed by such derogatory name callings!
Are the insolent chaps at DBP out to stir trouble by their arrogant refusal to oblige their fellow citizens and stick to their insulting ways in publishing such 'kurang ajar' terms in their dictionaries?
I call upon the ones responsible to allow and approve for publishing such offensive terms to withdraw and retract such terms immediately failing which, then be prepared for tit for tat insults coming to you in the future by the latter day generations of the Indians and the Indian Muslim communities of this land who wouldn't waste a minute in giving you back a taste of the same insulting manner set forth here by the likes of the 'kurang ajar' you!
Here is a report in the newspapers recently. This is taken from The Star Online.
"Suit against DBP over use of word set aside
KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here allowed the application of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) and its director-general to put aside the suit filed against the organisation over the use of the word keling in its dictionary by the Angkatan Pelopor India Muslim Selangor and Federal Territory (Apim).
The word was found in Kamus Dewan and was alleged to have humiliated the Indian community in the country.
Senior assistant registrar Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Abdul Rahman made the ruling in her chambers yesterday.
Apim's counsel Priyadarshni Nair, when met by reporters, said an appeal would be filed against the decision.
On Dec 22 last year, Apim chairman Ramli @ Mohd Othman Ravinthranath Abdullah filed a suit against DBP and several others in connection with the word.
He applied for an announcement to be made that DBP had failed in its statutory duty and responsibility by acknowledging and allowing the word keling, keling karam, keling mabuk todi and keling pelikat to be published in the Kamus Dewan.
Ramli asked for damages to be decided by the court because the word brought shame and humiliation to, and degraded, the Indian community in the country.
Ramli applied that the word keling be taken out of the dictionary.
DBP deputy director-general Abu Bakar Mohamad, in his supporting affidavit, had said the DBP did not contravene any law according to Section 4 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (Amended 1997) in publishing the third edition of Kamus Dewan. – Bernama"
This idiot in the form of the DBP DG ought to be pelted with rotten eggs and left to dry, tied up in the hot blazing sun at Dataran Merdeka's flagpole base.
He ought to be skewered for his idiotic stand in continuing the insulting offensive against his fellow Malaysians! What do you think? Can we allow this insulting behaviour by the DBP to go on?