LAST_UPDATESun, 22 Jul 2018 9pm

This Nasi Lemak Was Too Gay To Be Accepted By M’sians It Closed Down

The bold move of ‘Nasi Lemak Pondan’s’ seller, Jojie Kamaruddin, was perhaps what prompted other regular nasi lemak vendors to start putting on their creative hats to shine above their competitors.

And so, 33-year-old Adi Yusuf, who had been selling his nasi lemak since end of January this year, by Petronas Taman Segar, Cheras, took this cue.

But when Adi started putting up a blue banner with the sign that read ‘Nasi Lemak Gay’, which contained colours of the gay pride flag on Tuesday, things got bitter.

While Nasi Lemak Pondan grew viral drawing more customers, Adi’s business took a hit, and was fired up by viral backlash on social media.

"I didn’t think Malaysians would make such a big fuss over it. I've constantly received criticisms. The power of social media is very scary.

“I really didn’t think the name would invite such reactions, as it is actually an acronym of my full name Gerai Adi Yusuf,” he told mStar.

As many have seemed to pass judgements against him, Adi has decided to temporarily stop selling his nasi lemak.

"In the heat of all these criticisms, I would like to take time off from selling and wait for everything to subside before resuming business," he added.

Apart from the criticisms, online, netizens have made fun of the situation, with some expressing their thoughts on what would come next following these creative vendors’ intiatives.

“Perhaps, nasi lemak tomboy or nasi lemak gigolo after this?,” Mierull Razali asked.

“Or maybe we’ll see a Nasi Kerabu Lesbian next…enough already,” Nursyamim chimed in.

Perhaps, Malaysians just want our ordinary packets of nasi lemak back, minus the cheap publicity and whatnots, regardless, if it is being sold by a pakcik, makcik or even a pondan.

After all, it’s not so much of the branding but quality and taste of the content inside that newspaper laced with banana leaf fold that matters.