British journalist’s nasi lemak misadventure triggers backlash

Katie Morley & Nasi Lemak

Shaira Idris
Written by Shaira Idris

KUALA LUMPUR – January 17, 2020: An intense online backlash from Malaysians has prompted a British journalist to clarify that she “meant no offence” in her recent derisive tweet on nasi lemak.

Katie Morley, a columnist for the Telegraph, caused a stir on social media yesterday after taking to Twitter to express her dissatisfaction towards a meal she was served on board a British Airways (BA) flight on Jan 15.

 The meal turned out to be the Malaysian staple nasi lemak, which Katie blatantly described as a “wickedly bad meal.”

“Behold: chicken curry with anaemic boiled egg, topped with smelly, slimy anchovies. ANCHOVIES. I quite like plane food usually, and this was a 0/10,” her tweet continued.

Having taken offence to Morley’s remarks, many Malaysians got personal as they fired back and stood united in vehemently defending their beloved dish.

User @kahirunNEesha_ tweeted: “You’re a 0/10 for never having tried nasi lemak after all these years of living,” 

“What kind of journalist are you. You should do a research first before complaining about my nasi lemak. How dare you look down on my nasi lemak,” @yamiyusei_ tweeted.

“I am sure you can choose other meals in the menu yet you chose the NASI LEMAK you never had before and later had the audacity to insult the dish. Just stick with your plain pasta next time Katie,” @minimonimybaby wrote.

Rhys William — a British vlogger who became a household name in Malaysia – also slammed Morley, calling her an embarrassment and “bangang” (idiotic).

Darren Cronian, another travel vlogger from the UK, who is a self-proclaimed Malaysian food addict, however, came to Morley’s defense, tweeting: “To be fair it’s a British airline and most British people haven’t a clue what Nasi Lemak is.”

Unfazed by the uproar, Malaysian actor Tony Eusoff vented in his tweet: “Those who are fussing over that airline nasi lemak (issue), you guys need real problems in your lives. Firstly, that looks like sh** nasi lemak anyway…

“Secondly, 99.98% of the world’s population don’t give two Fs what nasi lemak is… So calm down and eat your nasi lemak quietly,” he continued.

In her attempt to clear the air, Morley ultimately said in a separate tweet that she had never come across nasi lemak before and she was “clearly served a very poor version by BA.”



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Shaira Idris

Shaira Idris

Shaira is a 20-something accidental journalist who's currently still adapting to the world of journalism and learning the ropes of her job.