S'pore comedian's joke causes uproar

KUALA LUMPUR • Some Malaysian politicians and artistes are not laughing at a joke by Singaporean stand-up comedian Fakkah Fuzz that made fun of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Umno Youth in Selangor state has urged the Home Ministry to block Fakkah - whose real name is Muhd Fadzri Abd Rashid - from entering Malaysia, local media reports say.

And the Malaysian Artistes Association yesterday lodged a police report against him.

In a video clip that went viral, Fakkah, 29, compared the different ways in which Singapore and Malaysian Malays describe things on stage. He said Singapore Malays call a thief "pencuri" while Malaysian Malays call a thief "perdana menteri" - prime minister.

The crowd roared.

Fakkah said on his Facebook on Saturday: "I would like to sincerely apologise if I unintentionally hurt my brothers and sisters across the Causeway. It was not my intention to hurt or cause unrest among anyone... Nor was I accusing anyone of anything. It was simply a joke based on current events."

Selangor Umno Youth chief Zainuri Zainal said Fakkah's apology was not enough because his joke had a "deep impact" on Malaysians, Malaysiakini news site reported.

The Artistes Association's secretary-general Hafiz Nafiah told The Malay Mail Online: "We lodged a police report because what he said was an insult and it could ruin the good relations enjoyed by both countries."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2016, with the headline 'S'pore comedian's joke causes uproar'. Print Edition | Subscribe