A lawyer's recent Twitter post has gone viral urging Chinese Malaysians to stop speaking in dialects when they are around other races who cannot understand the same language
Lim Wei Jiet wrote in his tweet on 10 May that he detests when Chinese Malaysians speak to each other in Mandarin or Cantonese whenever there are other races present who cannot understand the language.
"I've seen it in professional settings, team lunches, etc. It's just cringy, unbelievably rude and makes others feel very excluded," Jiet added, saying that this is based on personal views and not reflective of any organisation he is a part of.
His tweet, which has since received almost 9,000 retweets, has prompted Malaysians to share their own experiences
One person commented how people often assume she cannot understand their language based on how she looks
Another person said that this is an issue among other races too, not exclusive to Chinese Malaysians
While one netizen reasoned that being inclusive goes both ways and that those who speak English fluently should encourage those who don't
Several netizens, including Jiet, revealed potential ways to curb the problem
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