Chinese influencer slammed for complaining about M’sian food


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AN online influencer from China was slammed by Malaysians after she claimed that the food was so terrible that “I nearly starved to death in the streets”, reported Sin Chew Daily.

The influencer, who was visiting Semporna, Sabah, complained that not only was the food bad, hardly anyone spoke Mandarin there.

She uploaded a video on Douyin, China’s equivalent of TikTok, and said she managed to fill her stomach at a Chinese restaurant.

“The food has too much water and is too bland. I lost my appetite at first glance,” she said.

Dismayed, the woman tried to find better cuisine at a local seafood restaurant but was unable to communicate as she only knew Mandarin.

“Which influencer had claimed that Malaysia was filled with ethnic Chinese and that they did not even need to know a single word of English to travel around the country?

“Since getting off the plane, I have only seen three to four ethnic Chinese.

“Others have not been able to speak Mandarin,” she said.

Many Malaysians criticised the influencer for not doing enough homework before travelling as it is well known that there are fewer Malaysian Chinese in Sabah and Sarawak compared to the peninsula.

“If she can’t even speak a word of English, she had better not travel abroad without a tour group,” one netizen wrote.

Others said if Malaysian food did not suit her palate, she should just remain in China.

> Prices of vegetables in Negri Sembilan are plummeting after Chinese New Year due to lower demand and an exceptionally good harvest this year, reported China Press.

A survey at Pasar Besar Seremban showed that leafy greens such as choy sum, red spinach, kangkung, aubergine and bitter gourd were less than half the price when they were sold before Chinese New Year.

Operators were found to be selling vegetables at RM5 for three bundles to clear stock.

According to seller Long Xiu Qing, orders from restaurants and mini markets fell by 50% after Chinese New Year, which caused them to have a surplus.

● The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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