SINTOK, June 10 — Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail described the jokes of comedian Jocelyn Chia on belittling Malaysia and making fun of MH370 tragedy as insensitive and offensive.
He said no sane and rational human being can accept jokes that are derogatory, insulting and mocking as the woman did, even in the name of the freedom of speech.
“We hope it is an isolated case, the Singapore government has issued a public apology and some of our leaders have also publicly condemned the action.
“This is an example of how things could go when there is no discipline and consideration of other people’s feelings, and making fun of events relating to the loss of life and grief should not be a subject of humour,” he said during the Townhall Ikon MADANI at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) here today.
He said this in response to a question from a student who wanted to know his views on the actions of the standup comedian in making fun and belittling the country, including the MH370 tragedy that hit the country.
A few days ago, a video clip went viral on social media showing a female comedian from Singapore mocking Malaysia in a comedy show titled ‘Singapore vs Malaysia’ held in New York, United States, recently.
The Townhall Ikon MADANI programme is an initiative of Yayasan Prihatin Nasional (PRIHATIN) in collaboration with the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation and the Federal Territories Taqwa Foundation, in a conversational concept to engage students and future graduates in institutions of higher learning.