Watson Nyambek Rejects Apology, Lodges Report on Name Insult

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Nothing funny about playing the fool on air for Ammar

  • TV3 apology not accepted
  • Presenter Ammar suspended
  • ‘Sukan Tak Sentral’ axed
  • Police report filed, Watson considering legal action
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Former national sprinter Watson Nyambek has rejected an apology from TV3 and Primeworks Studios after presenter Azizul Ammar Abu Hassan (pic) made fun of his father’s name during the Sukan Tak Sentral television programme. The presenter, who had pronounced “Nyambek” to sound like a bleating goat, has been suspended and the programme axed.

The Borneo Post reported Watson regarded the suspension of the presenter as “unfair” and the show’s producer Abdul Ghani Mohammad Mokhtar was supposed to receive greater disciplinary action.

“I was told that prior to the show, Ammar and another host Marsha Milan Londoh had a discussion with Abdul Ghani on how they will act and what they will do during the show.

“The producer was supposed to edit the show before airing it on television. If only he took that particular part out, this would never have happened,” Watson said.

Nevertheless, he added that Ammar should not be excluded from disciplinary action for making fun of his father’s name.

Watson’s father died of cancer three years ago.

Watson has lodged a police report over the incident, which police has classified as intentional insult to provoke a breach of peace. The offence carries a maximum two-year sentence or a fine or both if convicted.

Watson is considering taking legal action against the parties involved in the matter.

In a Free Malaysia Today report, Watson said, “I am still angry. Not only did they belittle myself and my family but also the people of Sarawak.”

The Sarawakian, who is known as “The Flying Dayak”, said the presenter had likened his father to an animal and it has brought shame to his family.

In an interview with Bernama, Watson said he didn’t mind being called “poor” or “bankrupt” but was upset that some people felt they had the right to make fun of his late father.