Malaysian singer apologises for insensitive remark towards Orang Asli
Siti Sarah Raissuddin was promoting a hair product in a TikTok video when she likened having unruly hair to looking like an indigenous person.
Malaysian singer Siti Sarah Raissuddin has apologised after making an insensitive remark about the country’s indigenous people, or Orang Asli.
In a TikTok clip that went viral when it was reposted on Twitter, the 35-year-old artiste was seen promoting a shampoo with hairstylist Ridz Okumura when she made a statement that likened having unruly hair to looking like an Orang Asli.
In the video, she said, “It is so fun here (at this salon), you have to come. Even if you wear a tudung, you have to come because if not, when you remove your tudung, you’ll feel ashamed. Your hair will look like that of an Orang Asli.”
The video sparked angry comments online as netizens criticised her for the disparaging remarks.
It led the singer to issue an apology through her management agency Indigital Sdn Bhd on Monday (Sep 7).
In the statement, Siti Sarah said she never intended to “touch on the sensitivities of any party” and that she respects all Malaysian society.
She added: “As humans, we are not exempt from making mistakes. I would like to apologise to all Malaysians, especially the Orang Asli community, for this incident. I hope my apology will be accepted because I never intended for this to happen.”
She also said she would not be commenting further on the matter.
In the same statement, Siti Sarah added that she had accepted Ridz’ apology as he had uploaded the video onto his TikTok account without her permission.