The bitter truth is better than a sweet lie, but not many can accept the truth and move forward to become a better person.
Recently, local comedian Harith Iskander shared a snippet from his 2018 Netflix stand-up comedy special, where he cracked a joke about the alleged difference between how efficient our neighbour Singapore’s airport services and immigration authorities were compared to ours.
While many choose to side with local comedian Harith Iskander, the joke did not sit too well with the Malaysian Immigration Department.
In the snippet, Harith can be heard saying, “When I go to Singapore, I’m amazed. Singaporeans, they do not want you to enjoy their country. They don’t. It’s all about business.”
Who else misses flying? I do … 🤪 pic.twitter.com/2o07XErZ6n— Harith Iskander (@HarithIskander) March 1, 2022
“Get in the country, get out as fast as possible. Which is why when you get to the Singapore immigration, you fly into Changi Airport, the Singapore immigration, they have 20 immigration counters, 20 immigration counters, all of them open with 20 officers manning the immigration counters. You have no time to enjoy the airport because all the counters are open.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, KLIA, Kuala Lumpur International Airport we also got 20 counters. 2 open.”
In a separate tweet, the Immigration Department Director-General Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud criticised Harith for spreading misleading information.
In response to the critique, Harith told Khairul that the clip was simply meant for comedy and not to be taken seriously as it is not a parliamentary debate.
However, Khairul still insisted that the comedian have the responsibility to present fair information to the public.
A divided opinion
The conversation between the both invited netizens from both sides to chip in their thoughts.
Some said Harith had portrayed the country in such a bad light and he should not crack jokes that embarrassed his own country.
A netizen even pointed out that KLIA actually has some of the best services in the world.
But, but, but Singapore behind us lol!! pic.twitter.com/WcESegKh5y— Kita2terror (@JabarDiana) March 2, 2022
“Put joke aside. Over the years, KLIA immigration clearance is one of the fastest and consecutively won Skytrax awards. It is indeed a Passengers Choice of Award for the best service rendered by agencies.” one user said.
On the other hand, some feel that the joke was spot on in revealing both the Immigration Department’s and KLIA’s weaknesses.
“Agreed. If all of the counters were opened, we’d be shocked and confused,” a netizen commented.
Some also said the DG shouldn’t be too triggered by remarks made by a comedian.
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