Singapore's undisputed queen of accents has come under fire for the very talent that made people notice her in showbiz.
Local actress Michelle Chong is no stranger to the Malaysian twang, having used it regularly in different programmes over the past 10 years, from the 1999 local movie Eating Air to the current Channel 5 hit skit show, The Noose.
Now, she has brought her twang talent to the big screen in her directorial debut, Already Famous, now showing in cinemas here.
On The Noose, the 34-year-old MediaCorp artiste's hilarious, spot-on impersonations of different nationalities - from mainland Chinese KTV hostess Lulu to Filipino maid Leticia Bongnino - have been largely well-received.
However, on Already Famous, the thick Malaysian accent of her character has not gone down well with some Malaysian netizens, who feel she is making fun of the way they speak.
Shin Min Daily News reported that some netizens have slammed her portrayal of Ah Jiao.
"Did she do her research? Do people from Yong Peng actually talk like that? Don't think that all Malaysians speak in the same way," one posted.
Another commented that "in fact, many folks in northern, central and eastern Malaysia do not even speak like (Ah Jiao)...Chong's accent is deliberately put-on and exaggerated, it wasn't executed well and instead, turned out weird".
Chong explained to The New Paper that much of the criticism was aimed at the film's trailer posted on YouTube.