KUALA LUMPUR: Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) has suspended the broadcast of 88 Kopitiam, a weekly Chinese sitcom over TV2, following allegations that one of its actors appeared in Teresa Kok’s Chinese New Year video clipping Onederful Malaysia.
In a statement here yesterday, information director-general Datuk Norhyati Ismail said RTM would investigate any programme where it is found the actors were involved in activities that could tarnish the country’s image.
“RTM will not hesitate to take stern action against individuals involved in such activities,” she said.
The video drew a series of brickbats from political and civil groups and some 50 people, claiming to be part of a so-called Council of Muslim NGOs, who carried out a protest here on Thursday denouncing the Seputeh MP.
They also offered a RM500 reward to anyone who slaps Kok, who is a DAP national vice-chairman. The reward was later raised to RM1,200.
The protesters slaughtered chickens and smeared the blood on poster images of Kok, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and Machang Bubuk assemblyman Lee Khai Loon.
The group is being investigated for violating the Peaceful Assembly Act.
The video purportedly poked fun at national leaders and national issues, like the education system, cost of living, public safety and foreign intrusion into Sabah in February last year.
Norhyati said RTM would be meeting with the 88 Kopitiam producer to ascertain the involvement of the actor in Kok’s video.
“This is to ensure that no parties were wronged or used by irresponsible parties,” she said.
The sitcom, which airs on TV2 on Mondays, highlights issues affecting the Chinese community in Malaysia.
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