A first date at a mamak store? This Malaysian influencer says ‘no thanks.’
Are you tired of meeting Tinder dates for the first time at hawker stalls instead of a fancy restaurant or at a nice cafe for drinks?
Well, Malaysian influencer Sara Anna definitely is.
Sara recently posted a mini-rant on her Instagram story about how she doesn’t like it when Malaysian men take her to ‘mamak’ stores for their first date.
For those who are unfamiliar, mamak refers to the open-air eateries often found in Malaysia and Singapore. The food served is often affordable, delicious, and very much ingrained into local culture.
But for Sara, it’s not what she prefers.
KeNapA i tAk suKa LElaKi MelAyU: pic.twitter.com/Eb6xPD5xJN
— donna x lfc (@yourstrulydonnv) November 17, 2019
“Mostly Malaysians, they like bringing me to mamak stalls which I don’t like. Sorry, not being picky but I don’t work hard just to hang out at mamak stalls,” she says in the video.
“Maybe if we’ve been together as a couple for a long time, it’s fine,” she says. But for the first till at least the tenth date, Sara wants the whole she-bang with flowers and presents.
“But mostly Malay men aren’t able to accept this.”
It seems that Sara’s comment about Malay men hit a sore spot because since her Instagram story was shared on Twitter, it has received nearly 900,000 views and more than 600 comments.
Most comments are supportive toward Sara, saying that it’s her preference and her life.
this is her preferences so korang pressed kenapa? 🤷🏻♀️
she can demand i don’t see a problem, and if u don’t have the criterias she’s looking for, then u’re obvi not the guy for him 💁🏻♀️ https://t.co/gpgrwn8efN
— ✧✧ (@snugdeal3r) November 17, 2019
Tbh everybody have their own preferences. I dont like to date Malay men bcuz of how they were brought up and how misogynistic some can be. In her case, she wanna be treated like a princess.
Its true not many malay men can handle girls like her. And she just upgraded herself. 🤷🏻♀️ https://t.co/NWIn5G27s6
— Bella (@mishap_bella) November 17, 2019
But there were others who argued there was a double standard with those supporting Sara’s outright statement about grouping all Malay men into the same group.
They believe if a guy had said the same about Malay girls, they would have been attacked.
“ I pulak x suka perempuan melayu sebab ramai dah barai dan lobos”.Pundekla,kalau aku kuar video ckp mcm ni,jadi chaotic hidup aku 7 hari 7 malam kene ambush dengan feminist.
— Rivai Heichō (@sufianroslee) November 18, 2019
“I don’t like Malay girls because a lot of them are now loose women.” If I released a video saying this, my life would be chaos for 7 days and 7 nights with feminists’ ambush” one Twitter user posted.
lepas ni kalau ada lelaki buat short video hes not into malay girls hampa semua okay kan ?
— hafiz (@wthafiz) November 19, 2019
“After this if there’s a guy who makes a short video that he’s not into Malay girls then all will be okay right?” another posted.
But regardless of the arguments popping up, Sara remains unbothered.
In fact, she recently posted a screenshot of some of the rude comments she received.
“So I’m viral again because I don’t like Malay men. Suddenly in those comments there are people like this. Hahahahhahahahahahah I’m so entertained 😂😂😂😂” she commented.
Do you think it was fair for Sara to say what she said in her Instagram story?
Personally, I’m a mamak girl through and through, so I don’t really know what Sara has against them.
But if the person you’re pursuing prefers fine dining and you want to woo them, then either you suck it up and spend some money or you just stop chasing after them. You might find that it’s the better option for the both of you.