BONSERNEWS.com– Malaysia asked Interpol to help track and investigate Jocelyn Chia, a stand-up comedian who made fun of Malaysia and made jokes about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Jocelyn, who lives in New York, US, sparked controversy in Malaysia and Singapore this month after she posted a comedic clip of her making a joke about a plane that went missing nine years ago.
Flight MH370 was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared on 8 March 2014 with 239 crew and passengers on board, presumably crashing into the Indian Ocean.
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Debris associated with the plane has been found over the years, but its fate and location remain a mystery.
During her stand-up comedy show in New York, Jocelyn joked about a Malaysian plane not being able to fly, much to the amazement of the audience.
He said: “Why? Malaysian Airlines disappearing isn’t funny, is it? Some jokes don’t make any sense.”
Malaysia’s foreign minister, Zambry Abdul Kadir, said his remarks “demonstrate a lack of sensitivity and empathy” towards Malaysians and the victims’ families.
“This video also clearly depicts behavior that goes against the values of an Asian country which is known for its manners and morals,” he said.
The families of passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are still waiting for answers about what happened. (Bonsernews.com/abc.net.au/indonesian – Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon)
National Police Chief Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said this week Malaysia had asked Interpol for Jocelyn’s location and full identity to facilitate further investigations, the Malaysian News Agency Bernama reported.
He said Malaysia would investigate Jocelyn’s comments based on laws in force in Malaysia with Articles of Provocative, Incitement and Insult Content.
It is unclear whether or how Chia will be punished for his actions.
Jocelyn, a lawyer turned comedian who claims to be from Singapore, could not be reached for comment.