Artistes' group calls for suspension of '88 Kopitiam' to be lifted


  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Feb 2014

PETALING JAYA: An artistes’ group hopes that RTM will review its suspension of 88 Kopitiam following allegations that one of its actors appeared in Teresa Kok’s Onederful Malaysia video.

Federation of Film Artistes Association (Gafim) president Jurey Latiff said there was only one person involved in the Chinese New Year video.

“If the (sitcom) content is good, hopefully, RTM can continue its broadcast,” he said, adding that its investigation into the matter should be fair to all those involved.

Jurey, who is also a drama producer, said actors should know what they were getting themselves into before signing up for projects.

“An actor would know the storyline beforehand and should be able to exercise discretion before embarking on a project,” he said.

Jurey was commenting on the suspension against the Chinese sitcom, which airs on TV2 on Mondays and highlights issues affecting the Chinese community.

RTM, however, did not name the actor.

The video had drawn criticisms from political and civil groups, with some 50 people from several Malay NGOs offering RM1,200 to anyone who slaps Kok, the Seputeh MP.

The protesters also slaughtered chicken and smeared the blood on posters of Kok, also the DAP national vice-chairman, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and Machang Bubuk assemblyman Lee Khai Loon.

Filmmaker Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba said RTM had every right to suspend the actor while carrying out an investigation.

“It’s their network. However, if the sitcom’s producers and other actors are not involved, I am sure that RTM will find a fair solution,” she said.

Yesterday, Nanyang Siang Pau reported that the police would summon Lin Jing Miao to record a statement for her role in the video.

In her personal Facebook page, Lin had uploaded a status in Chinese on Friday, writing: “They have finally come to me, hehe I’m just a professional actor, but I’m willing to assist in the investigation.”

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