KUALA LUMPUR: The Artistes Association of Malaysia wants foreign stand-up comedians who criticises the prime minister and other top leaders to be barred from entering the country.
Its Law and Complaint Bureau Chairman Hafiz Nafiah said Malaysian artistes do not criticise leaders of other countries.
“People should also not criticise our top leaders. There should be mutual respect.
“We honour freedom of speech but it should not be at the expense of criticising our top leaders, and that too our prime minister.”
Hafiz was speaking to reporters after lodging a police report at Dang Wangi station here today.
The report was against Singaporean stand-up comedian Fakkah Fuzz, who had made a comparison between a thief in Singapore and one in Malaysia.
In the viral video clip, Fakkah joked about Singaporean Malays calling a thief “pencuri” and Malaysian Malays describing a thief as “perdana menteri” (prime minister).
Fakkah had apologised for his remarks.
However, Hafiz said the apology should be videotaped and made viral so that people were aware of the apology.
He said initially the association had no intention of getting involved in the matter but “a lot of our association members have urged us to take action.”
He said on behalf of 4,000 members, they want the Immigration Department to blacklist Fakkah from entering Malaysia.
He said the members felt that a stand-up comedian should not make a name for himself or herself “by criticising the prime minister.”
“Stand-up comedians should be creative to crack jokes according to the situation and people.
“If you look at Fakkah’s video clip, no one was really laughing until he mentioned the Malaysian prime minister.”
He said if nothing is done, the association will write a letter to the Malaysian embassy in Singapore.
“We will keep pushing until something is done.
“It is a serious matter as it could affect the diplomatic ties between both the countries.”