Interpol asked to track down comedian who joked about MH370

Interpol asked to track down comedian who joked about MH370
Edited by Travel Weekly

    Malaysian officials have filed an application with Interpol to track down a New York-based comedian who made a joke about MH370.

    Malaysian national police chief Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani confirmed the authorities had requested her full identity and her latest location.

    Jocelyn Chia is a former lawyer, now comedian originally from Singapore.

    In a video posted to social media, Chia jokes about the flight which went missing in March 2014 with 239 people on board. The aircraft has never been found.

    Her routine spoke of the rivalry between Singapore and Malaysia which she called a “developing” nation, saying its aircraft cannot fly.

    The beginning of the joke didn’t go so well, but it was a two-parter.

    “Malaysian Airlines going missing not funny huh? Some jokes don’t land.”

    A video of the joke was removed by TikTok for violating its hate-speech guidelines.

    Chia told CNN she’s performed the joke more than 100 times and has never had a problem before. She said she stands by the joke and that it had been taken out of context.

    Since the outrage unfolded, the comedian has doubled down on her response to the criticism she’s received.

    She retweeted one message saying “If they’re as good at finding people as they are at finding planes, you’ll be fine.”

    And, “Now every woman in SE Asia named Jocelyn Chia knows what it’s like to be named Karen in America.”

    Latest News

    • Cruise

    P&O rescues Rotary volunteers after collapse of Air Vanuatu

    P&O Cruises Australia has answered a plea for help from a group of young Australian Rotary volunteers, stranded in Vanuatu following the collapse of Air Vanuatu. The students, many of them teenagers from Albury, NSW, were volunteering for a youth project run by the Hive Rotary Club Australia when the airline abruptly cancelled all flights, […]

    • Destinations

    Intrepid continues expansions with launch of first DMC in Jordan

    Intrepid has increased its presence in the Middle East with the opening of its first destination management company in Jordan. Based in Amman, the local team will operate Intrepid’s range of nine experiential small group tours in Jordan from this summer, with a view to expanding the range for 2025 and beyond. Zina Bencheikh, managing […]

    • Appointments

    Minor hotels appoints Puneet Dhawan to key Asia role

    Global hotel owner and operator Minor Hotels has appointed Puneet Dhawan as head of Asia as the group plots its growth in Asia and India. From July, Dhawan will be responsible for the performance of all Minor Hotels properties in Asia, working in close collaboration with the Minor Hotels senior leadership team and will report […]

    • Appointments

    Abercrombie & Kent and Crystal appoint Evon Ler to director of sales, Asia

    Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group have announced that Evon Ler will join them in the new role of director of sales, Asia. She will work closely with Tony Archbold (VP, Sales, APAC, Crystal) and Susan Haberle (VP, Sales & Partnerships, APAC, A&K) with trade support across the region. Ler comes to the A&K family with more […]