What Exactly “Indon” means?

I heard from my friend in Indonesia that “indon” (citation in Malaysia) is a humiliate title for Indonesian.

He said basically that citation is used for TKI (Indonesian Household Servant), means that it sounds insulting our nation.

Truly, before I went to Malaysia I also angry if Malaysian calls Indonesian as “indon”, because in my mind it has a negative meaning albeit I didn’t know what the reason was.

Later on when I was in Malaysia, I did an observations to find out why Malaysian say indon to Indonesian. And now from my observations I know that indon is just an easy citation for Indonesia. Moreover Malaysian calls me (with Indon) smile and friendly.

Despite some Malaysian said indon is for underestimated Indonesian.

So in this case, I conclude that about 20% Malaysian they say indon for underestimated Indonesian whereby the rest (80%) say indon because it is just an easy way to denominate Indonesian.

For example: some people say “nigger” to all African, not intends to underestimate but it just a nickname.

Actually, Indonesian it self call Dutch with “londo” (Negative meaning), and call Malaysian with Malay, Orang Melayu or Malingsia.

In fact, Malaysian disfavor to those citations (based on my observations)as Londo.

Those examples are just for analogy.

Then now I need your opinion. Does the word “Indon” proper to indicate Indonesian? Whereas Indonesian it self do the same thing to the other nations.

I state here, if the word Indon has a negative meaning to me/us as an Indonesian, why many Indonesian in Malaysia feel fine with that citation? Are they frightened because they are just a minor here? Or have they already realized that term indon is just an easy way to call Indonesian?

I don’t know.

Finally I say. For me it doesn’t matter for any other nations in this world call me as Indon or whatever, if only it is not accompanied with humiliating.


August 7, 2009 at 11:24 PM kothings said...

Dear All..

I am typical of people who love "peace" in every way.. so.. in my best-act, I do not like "war" in any simbiosis, between friends, betweens family, between Nations, or even between region..

SO.. if above asking "indon" for calling some of Indonesian people which means humiliate to us or ours (as I am indonesian people too)..
Don't thinks that too hard..

Just thinking that it only a nickname to call us.. insist that they have to call us as Indonesian ..
(In-Do-Ne-Si-An ) need 4 branch word
(In-Don) only 2 branch word
more simple isn't it ??

Don't judge that Malaysian people do not like Indonesian People.. Or even judge any country to compare with..

We have to realize..
That we are one alive creature which have THE SAME oppurtunity to Live in this beautifull world..

August 7, 2009 at 11:27 PM I AM JUST A STUDENT said...

yup, u'r right.
thanks for comment.

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August 8, 2009 at 6:55 AM Anonymous said...

salam.... i'm malaysian.. i dont really care what other people wanna call me with any nickname...
bcoz i know, it wasn't mean to humiliate me.
so do indonesian, people here (malaysia) think iut is easy to call you guyz as indon.. easy for us. it is bcoz the word of indonesia is too long to pronounce it.. so i feel sorry if someone called u as indon and u think he/she try to humiliate u....
dont judge a person by what heshe saying.
u must know 1st that person....

August 8, 2009 at 7:46 AM I AM JUST A STUDENT said...

@Anonymous: wa'alaikumsalam
thanks for ur modest comment.

actually, many Indonesian didn't understand about this case. or many of them have their own perspective.
so please understand that.

coz of that, in this simple article i try to clarify what exactly indon means.

August 9, 2009 at 1:53 AM princess_kartika said...


i'm indonesian..but i've been studying in one of universities in malaysia..hehehe
sometimes i heard malaysian calls us with "indon"
what's the problem???
i think it more simple...be positif thinking guys.. ^ ^
let keep peacefullness in thhis world!

August 9, 2009 at 6:35 AM I AM JUST A STUDENT said...

@princess_kartika: wa'alaikumsalam..

August 9, 2009 at 7:21 AM Anonymous said...

mmmm....I know it....
but it's better for you to be positive thinking...
so just let it flow...
take it slow bro...
it's better for us to appreciate each others...
only smile....and thanks...

August 9, 2009 at 6:51 PM I AM JUST A STUDENT said...

@anonymous: i am a positive thinker.
so that i said it doesnt matter for any nation else call me with everything if only not accompanied with hummiliating.

August 18, 2009 at 7:47 AM muhyadin said...

Indon is a short term for Indonesia and Indonesian, similar to Brit for Briton or British, that was used widely in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and The Philippines [1] to refer Indonesia or Indonesian for short. Some Indonesian media has formerly used the term, however it is no longer in usage.

reference: wikipedia.com

August 30, 2009 at 5:29 AM dananghernowo said...

lebih baik jangan pakai "Indon" tapi call us: "Indo" (without 'n') or INA.
Di telinga saya sbg org Indonesia: lbh enak terdengar Indo or INA drpd "Indon".
Walaupun niatnya tulus tidak menghina, lebih baik call us Indonesians as "INDO", "not INDON"
Camkan itu.

September 4, 2009 at 3:23 AM Anonymous said...

Orang Thai menyebut orang Malaysia sebagai orang Malei, tidak pula orang Malaysia berasa terhina. Itu biasa sahaja kerana ianya satu bentuk kependekan (short form).

Bukankah orang Indonesia gemar akan kependekan ? Pisang Goreng jadinya PisGor, Angkatan Bersenjata Rakyat Indonesia jadinya ABRI, Pemilihan Umum jadinya PEMILU dan banyak lagi tidak terkira ..

Maka, kenapa Indonesian marah dipanggil INDON ?

INDON bagi orang Malaysia sekadar kependekan dan bukannya niat menghina.

Tapi lain sekali jika Malaysia disebut Malingsia !

September 4, 2009 at 3:51 AM I AM JUST A STUDENT said...


betul memang dahulu kata INDON itu hanya sebagai kependekan dari Indonesia..
tapi dalam forum2 di internet banyak orang malaysia yang "gaduh" dengan orang indonesia di internet dengan menyebut kata "indon".

secara tidak langsung kata "indon" sudah menjadi pelecehan...

oleh karena itu pemereintah malaysia melarang masyarakatnya untuk tidak menggunakan kata "indon" karena sadarnya akan makna "indon" yang berarti melecehkan.

orang indonesia memanggil malaysia dengan "malingsia" hanya karena sebagai bentuk protes atau "penolakan" atau "pembalasan" karena kelakuan melaysia saat ini benar2 memancing emosi rakyat indonesia....

sebelum kasus sipadan ligitan terjadi orang indonesia tak ada kan yang memanggil sebutan "malingsia"???

karena sebenarnya kata "malingsia" itu sebagai bentuk penolakan atas kelakuan negara malaysia terhadap indonesia dengan 'mencuri' assets bangsa indonesia..

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