A trio of comedians said they were sorry last night for making fun of Malaysia’s disgraced and corrupt former Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, in a comedy sketch.
The members of the Puteh trio apologized for mocking the couple in a televised sketch last weekend that came under fire from thousands of Najib stans, who attacked the comedians for making fun of their beloved figurehead.
“We would like to say sorry for portraying you and your wife in the Maharaja Lawak Mega comedy show on Sunday. We just wanted to entertain our audience,” Puteh trio leader Syed Ali Mubarak said in a meeting with the ex-prime minister where he personally delivered the group’s apology in Melaka, where Najib is currently leading the UMNO party in state opinion polls.
Najib, despite being convicted of massive corruption, struck a paternalistic tone.
“I forgive you and accept your apology. My wife and I felt humiliated by the show, even though it was only comedy,” Najib said. “Never mind, let this be a lesson.”
In the sketch, Syed portrayed Najib while colleague Mohamad Ikhtiarudin played a boutique manager-slash-fan boy. Refika Novianti aka Vicha Saywho played Rosmah, doffing her signature fluffy hairdo, tacky jewelry, and completed the look with a navy blue, posh-looking bag.
According to clips circulating online, the trio paraded on stage, sang songs, rapped, and pretended to shop. Fake Najib also exchanged pickup lines with Rosmah’s character.
“Our country is peaceful, this is what I want for my people,” the Najib-alike was heard saying at the beginning, as the boutique manager fawned over him.
“Darling, what is the difference between you and Melaka?” he asked Rosmah’s character in one scene.
“Melaka is having an election now, but you are my elected one,” he said.
The ‘Puteh’ comedy trio apologizes to Najib Razak in Melaka on Tuesday night. Photo: Najib Razak/Facebook