PETALING JAYA: Being abused on the field and social media is something D. Kenny Pallraj (pic) is used to and takes it as part of the game.
But when someone resorts to hurling racist abuse to undermine his good run with Kuala Lumpur in the Malaysia Cup, he says enough is enough.
On Sunday, the versatile midfielder shared a comment on a football portal, which read, “Dah dapat pergi final, boleh la cakap macam tu, k****g. (You got to the final, you can talk like that, k****g.)
On his Instagram, the 28-year-old wrote, “Meanwhile in Malaysia, a multiracial country, people like this still exist.”
It is definitely an unwanted distraction as he prepares for the final, but Kenny said the matter needs to be raised.
“I was resting and just scrolling through some social media pages. Usually, when I go through comments on social media, I ignore them but this particular comment, I was wondering why people like this still exist,” he said.
“I felt I needed to share my thoughts on it because people need to know that it is so wrong. When people are telling you that it is not right to use, just hear them out. Why the need to justify such a heinous word to one community.
“I am first and foremost a Malaysian. It saddens me to see some people coming up with such statements.
“I am not the only one to face these remarks. I know other professionals who went through it and even took down their accounts.
“I told myself, it’s time we raise some awareness on this matter. It isn’t right at all. Racism has to be stopped in every area.
“If you see some of the social media pages of foreign players, people use monkey emojis.
“Some call them the N-word, etc. Sometimes I wonder why our society has not progressed over the years.”
When asked whether the remarks were a distraction, Kenny said: “I am not distracted, that’s for sure. My eyes are on the final and I want to help Kuala Lumpur achieve something special.
“Also, if I can win the title, it will be a real slap to the naysayers especially those who want to take you down with racist remarks.”