Jocelyn Chia Faces Criticism For Her Critical Jokes On Her Show

Driving the news: Jocelyn Chia, a stand-up comedian has become an overnight sensation on social media for her critical jokes against Malaysia in her show entitled Singapore vs Malaysia on the Comedy Cellar, a US-based show that was aired on the internet.

What was the content?

The stand-up comedian, Jocelyn Chia first joked about Malaysia being a developing country that was far behind Singapore, 40 years after the island nation was “dumped” by Malaysia in 1965.

“My country, Singapore, after we gained independence from the British, we were a struggling little nation.”

“In order to survive, we formed a union with a larger, more powerful country, Malaysia.”

“When my prime minister went on TV to announce that you guys had dumped us, he cried because he thought we were not going to survive without you.”

“But then, 40 years later, we became a first-world country.”

“And you guys? Malaysia, what are you now? Still a developing country.”

Chia then crudely references the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 tragedy in a joke about Malaysia seeking to re-establish ties with Singapore.

“Why haven’t you (Malaysia) paid me a visit in 40 years?,” she says in a monologue.

In another voice, she replies: “I tried, but you know, our airplanes can’t fly,” she says as a graphic of a Malaysia Airlines plane flashes on the screen.

Jocelyn then added, “What, Malaysia Airlines going missing is not funny, huh?”

Some jokes don’t land,” she says in an apparent reference to Flight MH370 which went missing in 2014.

What they say?

Intan Maizura, family of MH370 victim: My son Muhammad is still crying over the loss of his Papa who was a flight attendant on MH370, and here you are making fun of the tragedy.

Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir: This video also clearly depicts behaviour that is contrary to the values of Asian countries that are known for their manners and morals.

Harith Iskander: I respect the freedom of expression that we comedians require to do our job. But it is equally important to exercise some level of sensitivity and empathy when doing certain material, especially topics that are deeply personal or tragic.

Kudsia Kahar: Not acceptable. A good standup never turns tragedy and deaths into a joke.

Syed Saddiq: Whatever it is, let’s not allow one bad seed to tarnish our whole outlook to our neighbour. Take it as a lesson to never take lightly of other people’s misfortunes.

Singapore apologises

Singapore’s Foreign Minister in response to Syed Saddiq’s tweet:

Singapore’s High Commissioner Vanu Gopala Menon issued a statement on the High Commission’s Official Facebook Page:

I am appalled by the gratuitously offensive comments made by stand-up performer Jocelyn Chia. The Singapore Government does not condone words or actions that cause harm or hurt to others and Chia, who is no longer Singaporean, does not in any way reflect our views. I sincerely apologise to all Malaysians for her hurtful remarks.

As our closest neighbour, Singapore and Malaysia enjoy a strong and multi-faceted relationship, with deep and cross-cutting ties. We also have unique historical and close people-to-people ties. Comments such as those made by Chia are unhelpful and undermine the close trust and friendship that both our countries and peoples enjoy.

Jocelyn Chia goes dark with all her social media, with all of them seem deactivated. However, her official website is still active.


What Will The T20 Don’t Get To Enjoy Next Year

The big picture: To uplift the livelihood of low-income citizens, the Anwar Ibrahim’s administration has targeted the T20 households, which means the government will be spending lesser on this group.

The T20, explained: T20 basically means the top 20 per cent households based on their income. That means the T20 is the top 20 per cent highest income earning households.

The Perks That T20 No Longer Enjoy

Fuel: During the year 2022, the government spent RM50.8 billion on fuel subsidies. Of that amount, approximately 35 per cent, or RM17 billion, was used by the T20.

Electricity: Electricity subsidies for T20 households will also end next year, according to a speech in Parliament by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on May 22.

Haj aid: Anwar on March 18 said that the government would be bearing an additional RM1,000 in Haj subsidies for the B40, and that it would halt subsidies for the T20.

Tax: During the tabling of Budget 2023, on February 24, Anwar announced that the government would raise the income tax rate of those earning between RM100,000 and RM1 million between 0.5 to 2 percentage points — the higher the income bracket, the larger the increase. Additionally, Anwar announced that the government was working on imposing a tax on luxury goods.

The challenge: The huge disparity of classification in who belongs in the T20 category across the country is still debated.

  • Depending on where you live, a household may be considered as T20 in one state but not necessarily in another.
  • The classification is also an issue as it does not take into account costs of living, therefore it does not quite accurately portray the supposed wealth of those in the upper bracket.
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Lynas may lose licence


Lynas may lose licence if it fails to comply with conditions

The government may revoke Lynas’ licence if it fails to comply with conditions prohibiting the production of radioactive waste in Malaysia after July 1, says science, technology and innovation minister Chang Lih Kang.

Chang said while the government understood the importance of the rare earth industry and was committed to creating a business-friendly environment, no one has the right to “continuously produce radioactive waste” in Malaysia.

Putrajaya wants your feedback on its ministers, here’s how to do it

The purpose of the platform is to allow the federal administration to gauge public perception of the ministers’ performances 100 days into the formation of the unity government. 

Those who are interested in providing feedback can visit this website and click on Survey on Minister.

Indian national awarded RM225,000 for illegal detention, abuse of power

A High Court in Seremban has awarded an Indian national RM225,000 in damages for unlawful detention and misfeasance in public office by an investigating officer when the nation was placed under Covid-19 lockdown three years ago.

Study use of PrEP for HIV to avoid spreading LGBT culture

The health ministry is being urged to reevaluate the use of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medicine in the fight against HIV.

In the Parliament’s debate, Ahmad Yahya (PN-Pokok Sena) said the continued use of the medicine may lead to more people embracing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lifestyle.

TMJ officially appoints Khairy into JDT board and as Johor youth adviser

Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim has today agreed to appoint Khairy Jamaluddin as the state’s youth adviser and also into the Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) Football Club’s board of directors.


RoS to summon Umno Supreme Council over no-contest motion

The Registrar of Societies (RoS) will summon Umno Supreme Council members for their views on the no-contest motion for its top two posts, says Aizat Fikri Nasir who lodged a report with RoS over the matter.

Aizat said he was informed of RoS’ next course of action after meeting them yesterday.

Onn Hafiz rules out contesting for top leadership post in Umno polls

Umno’s Simpang Renggam vice-chief Onn Hafiz Ghazi will not vie for any leadership post in the coming party polls, saying he wants to focus on serving Johor as its menteri besar.

Instead, he said, he will only contest for the divisional chief’s post.

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Anwar leaves for Turkey


PM Anwar Ibrahim leaves for Turkey to provide moral support

He will visit the disaster area where Malaysian search teams are on duty and meet President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The PM is accompanied by foreign minister Zambry Abdul Kadir and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah, Sarawak affairs and special functions) Amrizan Mohd Ali.

The prime minister is expected to arrive in Gaziantep at 7.30am (local time) tomorrow to inspect the disaster site and meet with the Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team before leaving for Ankara to hold a meeting with Erdogan.

Malaysia to cut subsidies to manage ballooning debt

Malaysia will tackle its rising debt levels through subsidy reduction and good governance instead of imposing new, broad-based consumption taxes, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

The nation’s debts and liabilities stand at about RM1.5 trillion, or 82% of the gross domestic product, which includes 1MDB’s debt of RM18.2 billion. Anwar said the government has no plans to reintroduce the goods and services tax, which was abolished by the Dr Mahathir Mohamad administration in 2018.

MACC probes finances of former minister linked to Pandora Papers

A former minister was reportedly called in by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to provide a statement in relation to the Pandora Papers, which linked several prominent Malaysians to offshore tax havens.

The Pandora Papers refer to the millions of leaked documents put together by an international consortium of investigative journalists and made public in October 2021 that allegedly reveal offshore accounts of present and past leaders, including presidents, prime ministers, billionaires and prominent business people.

No decision yet on digital driving licences

Transport minister Loke Siew Fook says the ministry has yet to decide whether to permanently do away with physical driving licences, admitting that they cannot force people to go digital.

Loke also said that he was aware that not everyone would support the move to digitise driving licences, especially those in rural areas.

“We understand that. The internet is a problem. We don’t force people to go digital.”

Umno division leader pleads not guilty to misappropriating RM440,000

Azahari Shaari, Umno Shah Alam’s division leader faces two charges of misappropriating RM240,000 (RM120,000 each) from Persatuan Belia Bersatu Teguh Shah Alam by using funds allocated for the organisation’s Hari Raya Haji events in September 2017.

He is also alleged to have misappropriated RM200,000 from another organisation, Persatuan Belia Kampung Kuantan Utara, and used the funds to organise an event for orphans in the same month.

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Daily Brief: 14 December 2022

Good day, The Dewan readers!


Yang di-Pertuan Agong is on a six-day visit to Qatar, as he is personally invited by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.

• Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali confirmed that the government has terminated the services of Datuk Seri Mohd Shafiq Abdullah as the Public Service Department (PSD) director-general.

• The High Court has insisted that the trial of a defamation suit filed by Lim Guan Eng and his son, Clint Lim, against blogger “Papagomo”, will take place in mid-2024.

• Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa defended a move to provide free sanitary pads in the health ministry’s toilets, stating that it will give the ministry a better insight into the operational aspects.

• Malaysia must restructure subsidies that had been benefitting the “super rich groups and conglomerates” and should instead be targeted towards supporting the B40 and M40 groups, stated Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Secularism has no place in Malay-Muslim politics, says Bersatu Youth chief Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal.


Anwar Ibrahim Announces Latest Lineup of Malaysia Cabinet

Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Deputy Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof

Minister: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

Fadhlina Sidek

Higher Education
Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin

Home Affairs
Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail

Rafizi Ramli

Local Government
Nga Kor Ming

International Trade and Industry
Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz

Anthony Loke Siew Fook

Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan

Dr Zaliha Mustafa

Plantation & Commodities
Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof

Agriculture & Food Security
Mohamad Sabu

Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi

Foreign Affairs
Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir

Digital Communications
Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil

Science & Technology
Chang Lih Kang

Women, Family & Community Development
Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri

Domestic Trade & Cost of Living
Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub

Rural and Regional Development
Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Tourism & Culture
Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

Human Resources
V. Sivakumar

Youth and Sports
Hannah Yeoh

Entrepreneur Development & Cooperatives
Datuk Ewon Benedick

Natural Resources, Environment & Climate Change
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad

National Unity
Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang

Religious Affairs
Datuk Seri Mohd Na’im Mokhtar

Prime Minister’s Department (Law & Institutional Reform)
Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said

Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah & Sarawak)
Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali


Daily Brief: 29 November 2022

Good day, The Dewan readers!


Questionable procurements and approval without tender must no longer be practised, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. There cannot be any room for leakages and corruption to take place in the public sector.

Pakatan Harapan makes way for Barisan Nasional in Tioman election. Amanah secretary-general Hatta Ramli said this was in line with the cooperation between PH and BN at the federal and state levels.

The High Court sets December 1 for mention of Datin Seri Rosmah’s RM 7 million money laundering, tax evasion case.

Perak state government will table anti-party hopping law and the state budget when the state assembly convenes on December 19.

Sarawak education, innovation and talent development minister Roland Sagah Wee Inn hopes the new federal government under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim will consider giving the state autonomy on education.


Tawfik wants to represent Pakatan Harapan to contest Bagan Datuk

Gerak Independent co-founder Tawfik Ismail has asked Pakatan Harapan (PH) to allow him to contest under its banner in Bagan Datuk against Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in the general election (GE15).

He said he met some senior leaders and conveyed his request and hoped to receive a positive response soon.

Tawfik, a former Sungai Benut MP, is the son of Malaysia’s second deputy prime minister Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman.

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Sarawak DAP names its candidates for GE15

Sarawak DAP tonight named the remaining four candidates to contest in the 15th general election on November 19, with its chairman Chong Chieng Jen defending his Stampin seat.

Chong, in making the announcement, said incumbent Dr Kelvin Yii will defend his Bandar Kuching seat while incumbent Mordi Bimol will defend his Mas Gading seat.

He said new face Larry Jabul will vie for the Serian seat.

Chong named new face Roderick Wong Siew Lead to contest in Sarikei, replacing incumbent Wong Ling Biu, this afternoon.

Last night he named incumbent Alice Lau Kiong Yieng to defend her Lanang seat while incumbent Oscar Ling Chai Yew for the Sibu seat.

He also announced DAP Bintulu branch publicity chief Tony Chiew Chan Yew as the party’s candidate to contest for the Bintulu seat.

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Faizal Azumu to focus on Tambun, giving up the state seat

Bersatu deputy president Ahmad Faizal Azumu has hinted that he does not intend to defend the Chenderiang state seat at the upcoming elections.

Faizal said his focus was solely on defending the Tambun parliamentary seat in the 15th general election (GE15) instead, where he is set to take on Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar, who is also PKR president, announced on Thursday he will be vying for the Tambun seat in GE15, having served as Port Dickson MP until the dissolution of Parliament.

Perak is set to hold its state election simultaneously with GE15 after its state legislative assembly was dissolved on Oct 17.

Faizal said Perikatan Nasional (PN) had yet to decide on a candidate to contest the Chenderiang state seat.

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