PETALING JAYA: The recent stand-up comedy show by Jocelyn Chia in New York was tasteless and insensitive to the tragedy's victims, says MH370 widow Intan Maizura Othaman.
"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," she said in a video posted on her Tiktok page.
"Do you know how many mothers are still crying over the tragedy until today? No, you don't know because you don't have the empathy and heart," she added.
Intan Maizura then said that it is much better to have a heart than to be a morally bankrupt person living in a first world country.
Intan went on to say people should stop giving attention to comedians like Jocelyn who pull off cheap jokes to get attention and validation from people.
Chia recently earned the ire of Malaysians after making controversial claims about the country in her stand-up comedy show titled 'Singapore vs Malaysia' in Manhattan, New York.
She 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," she says sarcastically in a video shared on her Instagram account.
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,
This draws a few gasps from the audience but Jocelyn doubles down on the joke.
"What, Malaysia Airlines going missing is not funny, huh?
"Some jokes don't land," she says in an apparent reference to Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8, 2014 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China.
The fate of its 239 passengers and crew are unknown to today.