KUALA LUMPUR: British-Albanian singer Dua Lipa has changed an Instagram post dedicated to her father Dukagjin after some Malaysians saw red over her use of the word "babi".

According to entertainment portal Oh Bulan, Lipa posted a birthday message to her father on the social media platform yesterday, and she originally wrote “Happy birthday babi, I wish I was home to give you a big hug and kiss” with a throwback photo of both of them.

Babi means "dad" in Albanian.

Lipa changed the wording to “Happy birthday dad” after comments from some Malaysians who mocked her over the use of "babi" which means "pig" in Bahasa Malaysia.


British-Albanian singer Dua Lipa has changed an Instagram post dedicated to her father Dukagjin after some Malaysians saw red over her use of the word "babi". Pic by NSTP/ couortesy from social media

Other Malaysians however denounced individuals who ridiculed Lipa over the term.

Lipa announced last month that she would be performing her Self-Titled Tour in KL Live, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur on May 3.

"On behalf of some Malaysians' immature acts, I sincerely apologise to you, Dua. I hope this will not change your mind to perform in Malaysia,” wrote one Netizen, Wong.

“Hi Dua Lipa. We’re sorry we have such people in our midst. Just keep doing what you do and ignore them,” said Garsdict.

The singer’s record label confirmed there was no change to her scheduled appearance at KL Live in May.

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