PETALING JAYA - A Malaysian beauty pageant finalist has received flak on Instagram from Indonesians for a batik top she wore during a recent photo shoot in Myanmar.
Miss Grand Malaysia 2018 finalist Debra Jeanne Poh was photographed wearing a modernised batik top with tie knot and bell sleeves at the Shwemawdaw Pagoda in Bago.
Several of these photographs were shared on her Instagram account.
Several Indonesian Instagram users have criticised her for wearing the top with the batik parang motif, adding that it belongs to Indonesia and not Malaysia.
However, there were many Malaysians who quickly came to Poh’s defence.
Later, the 22-year old Sabahan lass used her Insta-story to speak out about the “hateful comments”, noting that she did not claim the batik to be of Malaysian origin.
“First of all, I didn’t claim anything. It’s just a clothing that I wear and I’m very proud of it.”
She also thanked her fans for supporting her.