Some time ago, a song entitled Helo Kuala Lumpur from Malaysia went viral which was suspected of plagiarizing the song Halo-Halo Bandung from Indonesia. The commotion about the alleged plagiarism of the song spread to discussions among several Malaysians who use slang from Indonesia, especially Newsdelivers.com.
One Malaysian citizen, Imaan, admitted that many young people in Malaysia use Indonesian to curse when playing the game Mobile Legend.
“Many Malaysians also use Indonesian a lot. However, they mostly use it when playing games,” said Imaan when contacted by CNNIndonesia.com, Friday (15/9).
“More like swearing, actually,” he added.
Furthermore, Imaan explained that many Malaysians play online games and learn Indonesian from this activity. In the past, they learned Indonesian from the soap operas they watched.
Some examples of swear phrases that Malaysians often use when playing games, he said, are “bocil” (little boy), “botol (botak stupid).”
Bocil is associated as an expression to describe children who cannot sit still, are noisy, and are considered plebeian.
Imaan also admitted that he often used Indonesian slang when playing games. When exchanging short messages via WhatsApp with CNNIndonesia.com, in several sentences he used Indonesian conversational language.
He then explained the reason he preferred to curse in the language of his neighboring country.
“It feels more like cursing, you know. There’s no feeling if you use Malay. And personally, I like hearing the sounds of Indonesian,” said Imaan.
Meanwhile, an academic from MARA Shah Alam Technology University in Malaysia, Azlinawati Ngainon, also commented on this phenomenon.
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