“Kepala bapa kau”: M’sian Prime Minister Najib hurls colourful insults at opposition

Yup, the election season is definitely coming.

By Fasiha Nazren | November 8, 2017

A speech by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Nov. 5, 2017, turned out to be a chance for him to roast the opposition parties.

Kepala bapa kau – “Your father’s head”

Speaking at the 64th Malay Chinese Association (MCA) annual general meeting, Najib hurled insults such as “stupid” and “kepala bapa kau“, which directly translates to “your father’s head” in Malay.

He also mentioned that ” this country cannot be led by a 93-year-old man”, a clear reference to former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad.

Why the sudden outburst?

Large scale investments by Chinese companies in Malaysia in recent years have impacted local businesses and costs of living, triggering concerns among some Malaysians.

Against this backdrop of discontent capitalized by the opposition, Najib expressed his anger towards their claims that Malaysia had lost its sovereignty to China under his leadership, referring to the joint-venture efforts with the Chinese in Putrajaya.

He also raised issues on the Forest City project in Johor.

Late last year, Mahathir had claimed that more than 700,000 Chinese nationals will be brought into Forest City, alleging that the Chinese citizens would be given identity cards to enable them to vote in the coming general election.

“Stupid, how can Malaysians be stopped from entering land in their own country?” replied Najib to the claim.

He added that Forest City was built on reclaimed land and that the properties were sold equally to both local and Chinese purchasers.

Online reactions

Of course, the main event of the speech had to be the “kepala bapa kau” insult, that went viral on the internet, with 11,000 retweets over 2 days.

It stimulated much discussion online, and entertained many Malaysians. Here are some of their reactions:

“If you’re a schoolgoing child that has been chided by a teacher for saying “kepala bapa kau“, just say that you learnt it from PM Najib.”

One netizen even added that Najib’s retort added some sense of humour to the otherwise serious speech.

“A talk shouldn’t be so serious, that’s why he added some sense of humour to it. If you can’t take the joke, please forgive him.”


Top image screenshot via Malaysiakini’s video

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