Malaysia wants Interpol to help track down U.S. comedian Jocelyn Chia over her joke about disappearance of flight MH370

Malaysian police said they asked Interpol on Wednesday to help track down a U.S. comedian after she made a joke about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 โ€” a request the comedian called “ridiculous.”

Jocelyn Chia told the joke during a set at the Comedy Cellar in New York City, reportedly in April, as she riffed on the historically testy relationship between Malaysia and Singapore, where she was raised.

MH370 went missing in March 2014, and is one of Malaysia’s deadliest aviation incidents, with all 239 people on board presumed dead

Such was the outrage over Chia’s joke that Malaysian police began an investigation under incitement and offensive online content laws.

On Tuesday Malaysia’s police chief Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said they would ask Interpol to help locate her, according to Malaysian news agency Bernama.

The head of police in the southern state of Johor said in a statement that a request had been filed on Wednesday. Kamarul Zaman Mamat said they were seeking “further information regarding the suspect to assist in investigations.”

Chia is being probed under public mischief laws that carry a jail term of up to two years, as well as communications legislation under which offenders face up to a year in prison.

Malaysia and Singapore were briefly one state after the end of British colonial rule, but they separated in 1965.

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