Mediacorp Channel 5 and freelance artiste Najip Ali have apologized for their comments on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on a local comedy TV show.
The segment on comedy show OK Chope! was aired on 29 March, but the channel received feedback from viewers citing the comments on Najib as offensive.
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.”
Najip Ali, who appears regularly on the show and also has numerous shows in Malaysia, “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.”