According to the AsiaOne forum page, AFP reporter Bhavan Jaipragas said on his Facebook that Au had mimicked an Indian girl and made fun of her name before the live telecast.
He had written:
"In an audience interaction segment before the start of the SEA Games opening ceremony at the National Stadium, emcee Sharon Au approached an Indian girl seated in the stands. The girl did not properly perform the act -- saying aloud a line welcoming foreign contingents (others before her didn't get it right too). Au, speaking into a mike and with the cameras trained on her, shockingly put on a strong Indian accent, and while shaking her head from right to left asked the girl: "What (Vat) happened? What happened?". Earlier, she made fun of the girl's name, Kavya, referencing " caviar".
"An apology is due from SEASOC and Sharon Au."
In response, Au posted an apology on her Facebook page:
"Hi everyone, it was truly a magnificent SEA Games Opening Ceremony and I was really honoured to be part of it. Some of you may have watched the pre-show and heard my attempt at mimicking an Indian accent.
"It was intended to be comic but in hindsight I realise how insensitive it was. I sincerely apologise to those whom I’ve inadvertently offended."