Sick joke: No one has the right to make fun of another country’s tragedy, says MBKS mayor

Wee showing a publicity poster for Kuching's Got Talent at MBKS headquarters on June 8, 2023.

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, June 8: If stand-up comedian Jocelyn Chia’s performance is a reflection of her education in a first world country, then the standard of that country is in doubt.

Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng emphasised no one has the right to insult another country or their people, no matter how good or bad that country is.

Commenting on Singapore-born Chia’s recent performance at New York’s Comedy Cellar, Wee opined that all Malaysians would find her comedy routine insulting.

A video of Chia mocking Malaysia and making reference to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has gone viral.

“How can you say ‘f**k off Malaysia’? If that is the result of her country’s education system and if that is how a country’s national behaves, even if she were to claim that her country is a developed country, then I have my doubts.

“Your country can be at the top but the way you talk, you don’t show how good your country is.

“No doubt we might be struggling and all that, but every country is going through this.bSo if you are better than other people and you are our neighbour, then you should not make such a comment and make fun on it,” Wee told DayakDaily.

On Chia’s joke about MH370, Wee said the plane’s disappearance was something that no one hopes to happen.

“It happened and if we can’t sympathise with the families of the victims, we should not be making fun on it.

“Up until today, no one knows the truth about MH370. How hurtful it is for the families of the victims to have to revisit this memory. You can make fun on anything but not a tragedy,” said Wee.

Earlier today at a press conference on Kuching’s Got Talent, Wee said comedians must be professional and not come across as rude.

He opined even if their job is to tell jokes to please others, it does not give licence to create jokes that hurt others.

“I think there are a lot of jokes you can create, if you are talented. But don’t ride on people’s issues or their beliefs, or their religions or even their races. I think it’s not correct,” said Wee. — DayakDaily