Mediacorp Channel 5 apologises for offensive segment on OK Chope!

Media Statement

Mediacorp Channel 5 apologises for offensive segment on OK Chope!

On Wednesday 29 March, Mediacorp Channel 5 aired an episode of its comedy show OK Chope! which included a segment about Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Viewers have fed back that the segment was offensive.

In response to media queries, Mediacorp’s Chief Customer Officer, Ms Debra Soon and freelance artiste Mr Najip Ali, who appears on the show, said the following:

Ms Debra Soon, Chief Customer Officer, Mediacorp said, "Channel 5 and the production team behind OK Chope! wish to sincerely apologise to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for a segment on last week’s episode. OK Chope!, a weekly live show, features comedians providing humorous takes on news and current affairs. Last week's episode included references to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak which were in poor taste and offensive. We have thus pulled it from repeat telecast with immediate effect. We apologise unreservedly for this mistake."

Mr Najip Ali said, "Over the last few days I have reflected on the comments I made during a segment on a Channel 5 comedy show which referenced Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. I realise how insensitive and callous I was. I would like to apologise unreservedly to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. I beg his forgiveness and that of my viewers and friends."

OK Chope! is a weekly live comedy panel show that sees the funny side of current affairs. Host Vernetta Lopez and her panelists Najip Ali, Mike Kasem, Rishi Budhrani and Sam See, attempt to “chope” over each other, to give their take on the latest happenings in social media, news and pop culture.  

For media queries, please contact:

Karen Yew
Head, Brand and Communications, Mediacorp
DID: +656350 3261
Email: karenyew@mediacorp.com.sg