Health Ministry to investigate unmasked foreigner at luxury boutique

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry is looking into the incident of a Caucasian woman who refused to wear a mask to enter a luxury retail outlet at a famous Kuala Lumpur shopping centre.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin tweeted on Wednesday (Oct 27) that anyone in Malaysia should mask-up, regardless of what the rules are elsewhere.

“When in Rome do as the Romans do. When in Malaysia, please mask up. Regardless of the rules elsewhere.

“@KKMPutrajaya is getting more information from KLCC,” he tweeted while tagging the Health Ministry.

A video captured by twitter user @DFEfiercefun was captioned: "Was in a que (sic)... No entry for no mask!!! The lady resisted and said those with masks are communists!! Applying "white entitlement" in Malaysia!!"

The tweet, which registered at 11.5k likes at press time, garnered responses from Malaysians who were angry that the woman was not wearing a mask, and praising the shopping centre and its staff for maintaining strict SOP procedures, as well as those saying that she should be sent back to her home country.

The video showed the woman insisting on entering the store and claimed that one of the retail workers intimidated her.

“You can’t stop me, it’s a free country and you don’t own the shop,” she allegedly said to the workers.

She was also heard accusing Malaysia of being a “communist” country for making the use of face masks compulsory.

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