Malaysia seeks Interpol help to search out comic over MH370 joke outrage

Interpol’s assistance is being sought by Malaysia’s police chief to track down Jocelyn Chia, a New York-based, Singapore-born comic whose joke in regards to the missing MH370 flight has sparked outrage and led to diplomatic apologies. Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani introduced the decision to request Interpol’s help in the continuing investigation.
Chia, a former lawyer believed to have turn out to be a US citizen, is being investigated under Malaysian legal guidelines relating to intentional insult, provocation, and incitement. The controversy began when she posted a clip from her stand-up routine on social media, using the disappearance of MH370 as a punchline.
The Boeing 777 vanished in 2014 en route to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew members on board. Although believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, the plane has never been discovered, despite items of particles washing up on Indian Ocean and jap African beaches.
The joke was met with shock and dismay in Malaysia. Foreign Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir expressed that Chia demonstrated a “total lack of sensitivity and empathy towards Malaysians and victims’ families”. Pattern described Chia’s statements as “horrendous”, and High Commissioner Vanu Gopala Menon labelled her routine at New York’s Comedy Cellar “gratuitously offensive”. Menon added that Singapore “does not condone phrases or actions that trigger hurt or hurt to others”, and that Chia, now not a Singaporean, does not characterize their views..

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