Astro insults Indians in comedy show|
Contributed by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 25 @ 06:46:59 CST
FMT, Zefry Dahalan |
January 25, 2012
Channel 105 lets pass the word “keling” used in a pantun.
demonstrated in the protracted controversy over the novel Interlok and
many other spats and rows that have been widely reported in recent
years, Indians seem to be fair game for racist slurs in Malaysia.
Incredibly, one of the most recent culprits is the pay TV network
Astro, which is owned by Ananda Krishnan, reputed to be the wealthiest
In the wee hours of last Thursday, a guest on the comedy programme
Fikirlah Sendiri Nabil uttered the word “keling” as a derogatory
reference to Indians.
The programme was aired on Astro Prima (Channel 105) between 12.30am
and 1am. It was hosted by “Comedy King” Nabil and the guest was Aziz
Kota, another comedian.
The offensive word was part of a pantun that Aziz recited at 12.53am.
He pronounced it as “koling”, the way someone who speaks with a Negeri
Sembilan accent would.
The programme was actually a repeat of a show first aired last year
at prime time. This meant that the producers had ample time to edit it,
but either chose not to or were not sensitive enough to bother.
Astro is known to have a sophisticated in-house editing system. Even
its so-called live programmes are delayed by up to a minute to ensure
that bloopers do not slip through.
So what happened last Thursday? How did the K word get through the
producer, the director and the editor? Or was the pantun so funny that
it could not be sacrificed?
Perhaps they thought only Malays watch the programme and it was safe to keep the word because it would be funny to Malays.
Another episode of the programme will air tonight.
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