Berpatah mengikut peradaban negerinya, katanama ‘keling’ harus diterima!
Tetapi mengikut sekalangan warganya, panggilan itu memaki rasanya.
Dalam kandang mengembek bermakna, diluar, nadanya mengganggu sahaja!
While I am completely behind Tun Dr. Mahathir in terms the benign, even honourable, etymology of the term Keling, I have personally experienced its use in a derogatory fashion. There is no question that it is uttered and understood as a racial slur in the contemporary lexicon. Indeed, it is important to note that, in the context of the then fast-approaching GE 14, Tun backtracked from his contextual defense (the lexicon of his youth) and apologized for his insensitive use of the term.