Celeb chef says pic about MH370 was a joke to see how Malaysians reacted

24 March 2014 / 2 years 7 months ago

Celebrity chef Datuk Chef Wan has drawn criticism for a picture he posted on his Instagram account, which apparently made fun of search efforts for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

According to a report on The Star, the 56-year-old was pictured holding a door-like object, which he linked to the search for the aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean.

A caption accompanying the photo read, "Two objects in Perth, and this I thought was one of them, the MAS plane's door. However, after scrutinising it, it turned out to be the old toilet door from Cik Kiah's house on Morib Beach. Frustrated."

The photo has since been deleted after the many negative comments Chef Wan received on his Instagram page.

He later posted another comment, explaining that he was merely playing a joke.

"When I was at the beach, I told my crew we should play a joke and see the reactions of Malaysians who like to complain and tease people," he said, adding that the media and blogs would sensationalise the issue.

"My driver told me not to do so because people would get angry, even though we are well aware it is a joke. But even the crew found it amusing.

"I am sure many of us behind closed doors would have joked about this issue over in the last few days, except I put it on Instagram to see the public's reaction!

"It turned out that I was right about Malaysians looking for ways to demean someone, even though it was done as a joke. However, I accept the consequences of my actions as I did it on purpose and was successful.

"Now, let us judge how the bloggers and press will manipulate this issue as you know what I really meant. At the end of the day, the wise man will have the last laugh watching all this drama unfold!" he commented.

Last February, Chef Wan was embroiled in another controversy when he described a meal served on board a Malaysia Airlines flight as "nasi lemak telanjang" (nude nasi lemak).

Chef Wan is Tourism Malaysia's culinary ambassador, and has done numerous cook shows locally as well as internationally.

The search for MH370 is now in its 14th day, with search efforts currently concentrated in the southern Indian Ocean, where satellite imagery pictured two objects that could potentially be debris from the aircraft Thursday.

Search efforts have so far failed to locate the debris concerned and the 239 passengers on board remain missing.

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