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Malaysia’s controversial former beauty queen is at it again, this time declaring to the world that she is against face masks. 

Samantha Katie James, who won the Miss Universe Malaysia title in 2017, posted on Instagram yesterday about never having worn a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed thousands of lives in Malaysia, unless she was trying to avoid people. The personal protective accessory is also apparently too ugly for the “sovereignty” advocate. 

“I will never wear that f****g diaper on my face,” she wrote in the caption, adding that she would only don the mask when going “undercover around annoying people”. The post included a toilet selfie of James and a friend without masks.

James, who had competed in the Miss Universe pageant wearing a nasi lemak-themed outfit, also claimed that her decision not to wear masks was within her rights to spread “light and sovereignty” in public, a move that has gained her some followers too, according to her. 

The friend in the toilet selfie, known by the handle @Miza.Shiad, supported James’ caption in the comments, recounting a couple who had “stripped off their mask” after walking past the duo. 

People who identify as sovereign mostly believe that laws don’t apply to them. James drew public ire last year over racist comments she made to a group of Black individuals in a video that leaked online, and also for telling the community reacting to the string of deaths of Black individuals in the U.S. amid the Black Lives Matter movement to take it as a “challenge.” 

Malaysia recorded over 17,000 infections and 174 deaths yesterday. To date, the country has had more than 1.5 million cases and almost 15,000 deaths. 

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This article, Malaysia’s ex-beauty queen Samantha Katie James is an anti-masker, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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