SINGAPORE – Mediacorp Channel 5 and the production team behind OK Chope! have issued an apology on Wednesday (April 5) to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for a segment on last week’s episode and pulled it from repeat telecast.
The episode of the weekly live comedy show, which aired last Wednesday, included a segment about the Malaysian prime minister, which viewers said was offensive in their feedback.
Responding to media queries, Mediacorp’s chief customer officer Debra Soon said: “Channel 5 and the production team behind OK Chope! wish to sincerely apologise to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for a segment on last week’s episode.
“OK Chope!, a weekly live show, features comedians providing humorous takes on news and current affairs. Last week’s episode included references to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak which were in poor taste and offensive. We have thus pulled it from repeat telecast with immediate effect. We apologise unreservedly for this mistake.”
Freelance artiste Najip Ali, who appears on the show, also said: “Over the last few days I have reflected on the comments I made during a segment on a Channel 5 comedy show which referenced Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. I realise how insensitive and callous I was. I would like to apologise unreservedly to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. I beg his forgiveness and that of my viewers and friends.”
On Tuesday, The New Straits Times reported that an Umno Youth member had demanded that the comedian issue a public apology to Mr Najib over the offensive remarks.
According to Malaysia’s Bernama news agency, participants on the programme were asked to complete a sentence which read: “(PM) Najib slams … for threatening Malaysia’s progress”.
The participants, including Najip Ali, gave answers which were deemed to have demeaned the Malaysian prime minister, Bernama added.
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