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‘I never wanted to be a Malaysian’: Miss International Malaysia finalist Abby Lee slammed for her lack of patriotism

"Why was I born at a kampung in Malaysia and not a big city in China?"

Representing the home country at international competitions is an opportunity of a lifetime for both the participant and the country he/she originates from as it shows the world that it is capable of producing talented individuals.

Following the cancellation Miss International Malaysia 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was finally able to be held this year and shortlisted 17 participants, where the winner will represent Malaysia at the 60th Miss International pageant.

Unfortunately, one of the finalists, Abby Lee received criticism from a netizen named Hui Yue on a Facebook post during the last lap of the finals.

In the post, it included multiple screenshots of Abby’s Instagram stories where she repeatedly disparaged the country throughout the competition.

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In one of the screenshots, Abby was caught expressing her real feelings towards her home country, saying that she participated the competition only “to because she was interested in it, not because [I] love the country.”

Those who know me will know that I don’t even care [about the country]. I never wanted to admit that I’m a Malaysian. Migration has always been my dream.

'i never wanted to be a malaysian': miss international malaysia finalist abby lee slammed for her lack of patriotism | weirdkaya
Screenshot via FB/Hui Yue

She also lamented the fact that she wasn’t born in another country aside from Malaysia after complaining that the photographer had failed to take a good picture of her during the competition.

Why was I born at a kampung in Malaysia and not a big city in China? I love China and Japan.

'i never wanted to be a malaysian': miss international malaysia finalist abby lee slammed for her lack of patriotism | weirdkaya
Screenshot via FB/Hui Yue

To top things off, Abby was also accused of being a racist after she sent an expletive-laden message to a netizen claiming that Muslims had a “low-class culture”.

'i never wanted to be a malaysian': miss international malaysia finalist abby lee slammed for her lack of patriotism | weirdkaya
Screenshot via FB/Hui Yue

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And if that wasn’t repulsive enough, she even boasted about her “perfect body”, piano and dancing skills before haughtily reminding interested parties to pay up before hiring her for the day.

'i never wanted to be a malaysian': miss international malaysia finalist abby lee slammed for her lack of patriotism | weirdkaya
Screenshot via FB/Hui Yue

‘Nowhere near perfect!’

As expected, netizens did not buy any of Abby’s boasting and called her out for her rudeness and poor attitude.

'i never wanted to be a malaysian': miss international malaysia finalist abby lee slammed for her lack of patriotism | weirdkaya
'i never wanted to be a malaysian': miss international malaysia finalist abby lee slammed for her lack of patriotism | weirdkaya
'i never wanted to be a malaysian': miss international malaysia finalist abby lee slammed for her lack of patriotism | weirdkaya

Many also said that her so-called “good looks” meant nothing if she had a “ugly heart”.

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'i never wanted to be a malaysian': miss international malaysia finalist abby lee slammed for her lack of patriotism | weirdkaya
'i never wanted to be a malaysian': miss international malaysia finalist abby lee slammed for her lack of patriotism | weirdkaya
'i never wanted to be a malaysian': miss international malaysia finalist abby lee slammed for her lack of patriotism | weirdkaya

Beauty queen or not, what matters isn’t on the outside but on the inside!

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Editor: Sarah Yeoh