Pandelela Rinong Was Asked If She Is A Malay While Trying To Order High Tea In Ipoh

According to the diving champion's post, it was her first time being asked if she was a Malay.

Cover image via Borneo Post & Pandelela Rinong (Facebook)

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National diver Datuk Pandelela Rinong Pamg shared a recent experience of being asked by restaurant staff whether she was a Malay when she tried to order food in Ipoh, Perak

Pandelela, who hails from Sarawak, shared the encounter in a Facebook post last Thursday, 21 April.

"First time in my life being asked if I'm a Malay trying to order high tea during fasting month," she wrote.

Based on a picture she shared, she ordered a cendol gula melaka, kaya and butter toast, as well as chicken rice.

Her post has garnered over 10,000 reactions and 186 shares on Facebook, with many netizens questioning how the restaurant staff had failed to recognise the Malaysian diving queen

One said the staff probably assumed the national athlete was Malay.

Another was in disbelief with the fact that they didn't recognise Pandelela.

Image via Facebook

There were some who think the staff probably did not realise it was the diving champion because of her face mask.

Image via Facebook

Another picture that accompanied Pandelela's post shows what she looked like at the restaurant

With half of her face covered by a black face mask, it's possible that those who are not paying much attention might not recognise the Malaysian Olympic medallist.

Pandelela is in Ipoh for a six-day training camp at the Tuanku Zara Aquatic Centre, reported theSundaily.

She also participated in a two-day competition at the venue on 22 April to 23 April as part of the national diving squad's final preparations for the upcoming Hanoi 2021 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Pandelela will pair up with 22-year-old Nur Dhabitah Sabri for the 10m synchronised platform event following the retirement of her former partner Datuk Leong Mun Yee.

Here's Pandelela's post about the awkward restaurant experience:

In some Malaysian states, Muslims caught skipping their fasts during the month of Ramadan can be fined up to RM1,000, or jailed for six months, or both:

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