Singaporean comic Fakkah Fuzz has apologised after causing an uproar in Malaysia over a joke he made as part of act and uploaded on his Facebook page.
In the video that quickly went viral, Fakkah said Singapore Malays call a thief "pencuri" while Malaysian Malays call a thief "perdana menteri" (prime minister).
He has since deleted the video from his social media.
In his apology posted on Facebook, he wrote:
“I would like to sincerely apologize if I unintentionally hurt my brothers and sisters across the causeway. It was not my intention to hurt or cause unhappiness among anyone. Nor was I accusing anyone of anything.
“It was simply a joke based on current events. The joke is basically ‘we say this, you say this’.
“I’m just saying what I hear. Not saying ‘This person is guilty of this!’ Not at all. Please don’t take what I said out of context as I’m not out to slander anyone.”
He added that people should not be too defensive or sensitive:
“Everyone needs to open their minds, be a little less sensitive and learn to take a joke once in a while. I promise ur life will be much better if you do.”
“Dont like it, just click away. No one is forcing you to watch anything. This is the internet.”
According to Free Malaysia Today, Selangor Umno Youth chief Zainuri Zainal said that the comedian's apology was too little too late because it had a "deep impact" on Malaysians.
He added: "Fakkah should look in the mirror first before trying to meddle in the current affairs of Malaysia."
Zainuri had previously called for Fakkah to be banned from entering Malaysia, a sentiment supported by Federal Territories Umno Youth chief Mohd Razlan Muhammad Rafi who said:
"We won’t be even the slightest disadvantaged by keeping people like him out of Malaysia.”