PETALING JAYA • British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa has been mocked by Malaysians on social media after she used the word "babi" to refer to her father.
The 23-year-old was born to Albanian parents from Kosovo. "Babi" means pig in Malay, but actually means "father" in Albanian.
Lipa posted a birthday message to her father on Instagram with the caption, "Happy Birthday babi, I wish I was home to give you a big hug and kiss."
However, she changed the caption to "Happy Birthday dad" after her use of "babi" was mocked. Other Malaysians came to her defence, urging her not to change the way she addressed her father.
"You should not change the way you called your dad in the caption @dualipa! It's your right, I'm so embarrassed to be Malaysian now," Instagram user nnblhzpr said.
Instagram user ainmia1 urged the singer to ignore any insults. "Dua Lipa I'm so sorry for what happened. There are some people in this world who don't know how to respect others. We love you. You don't have to change your language because it's beautiful."
She is scheduled to perform in Kuala Lumpur on May 3.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK