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

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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.

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

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

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

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.

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