Vulgarism and profanity do not make a comedian but a clown, says MBKS mayor

Wee at the 167th ShallWeeTalk live streaming session on June 10, 2023.

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, June 10: Comedian Jocelyn Chia may have given up a six-figure job to be a comedian, but if the only salient point in her performance is vulgarism and profanity, then she is only a clown.

Kuching South City Council mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng said comedians may pick up joke material from real life stories, but there is a line that they should not cross.

Citing Singapore comedian Kumarasan Chinnadurai (Kumar), he said Kumar’s jokes are based on reality of life but the latter does not cross the line.

“If until now she still refuses to apologise, then I think she should be banned,” said Wee, referring to Chia’s recent stand-up comedy performance in New York, where she used material concerning the  disappearance of MH370 and criticised Malaysians.

Though describing her act as “rude, distasteful, low class”,  Wee praised Singapore for its diplomacy.

“The Singapore High Commission in Malaysia clarified that she was no longer Singaporean. Still they apologise. That is commendable and that is diplomacy,” said Wee when asked to comment by followers on Chia during his #167 ShallWeeTalk live streaming session today.

Meanwhile, Wee also expressed relief that Sarawakians have come to defend the sovereignty of their nation when its integrity is under attack.

He said many had come forward to defend Malaysia following Chia’s performance.

“It is good to see many coming together to defend our nation. Sarawakians must be ready to defend our nation, not only when our nation is under attack,” said Wee.

To him, no one should build their happiness on others’ misfortunes or put salt on others’ wounds.

This is the second time Wee commented on Chia. Earlier this week, he had expressed his view when asked by the media at Kuching’s Got Talent press conference.

The following is a transcription of part of Chia’s performance at New York’s Comedy Cellar.

“My country Singapore, after we gained independence from the British, we were a struggling little nation.

“In order to survive, we formed a union with a larger and more powerful country, Malaysia.”

Hearing a response from an audience member, she asked: “Where are you from? From Malaysia or Singapore?”

The audience member replied that he was from Malaysia.

“Malaysia? Okay. F*k you, A*holes. When my prime minister went on TV to announce that you guys have dumped us, he cried cos he thought we were not going to survive without you.

“But then 40 years later, we became a first world country. And you guys, Malaysia, what are you now? Still a developing country. Oh…boo…f**k you, Malaysia.”

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has apologised to Malaysia over Chia’s “horrendous” remarks, as well as the Singapore High Commission in Malaysia. — DayakDaily