Actress in controversial CNY video denies political link to her character

Teresa Kok, Member of Parliament (MP) for Seputeh and vice-chairman of the Democratic Action Party (DAP)

KUALA LUMPUR - The actress who played Mrs Jit in the Onederful Malaysia CNY 2014 video that starred Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said her character was modelled after the late Lydia Shum, a Hong Kong actress known for her rib-tickling comedies.

"I have no idea why people are saying that my character was modelled after a prominent figure in the country.

"Fans of Hong Kong television programmes would understand the reference made to Shum," said Lim Ching Miau, 32, at the police headquarters here yesterday.

The actress explained that Kok's personal assistant had contacted her a few days prior to the shooting of the video.

"I met Teresa for the first time while working on the video and I received the script on the spot," said Lim, who added that police contacted her at 5pm last Friday, requesting her presence at the headquarters to have her statement recorded.

"As a responsible citizen, I intend to give the police my fullest cooperation," said Lim.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the two male actors featured in the vi­­deo gave their statements at the same place in the morning and left at around 1.30 pm.

The actor who played the role of Master Yan Yan declined to comment when asked how much he was paid to act in the video.

"I have nothing to say. We are actors. They asked us to do it, so we did," said the man, who declined to give his name.

Acting City CID chief Asst Comm Khairi Ahrasa said that police had recorded statements from the trio to assist in investigations into the video.

The nearly 12-minute clip featured Kok as a feng shui host interviewing three "experts" and was uploaded on Facebook on Jan 27 before going viral.

Kok asked the three panelists about their predictions for the year, and their replies poked fun at various national issues, including the increasing cost of living, the education system and the terrorist intrusion in Sabah last year, among others.

"The issues of security and education have always been brought up in Parliament as well as in political talks.

"What is so wrong with applying a little bit of creativity in disseminating the same message?" asked Kok, who was also at the police headquarters in a show of solidarity with the three actors.