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Joke’s on you: DJ Yusuf resigns from HitzFM Sarawak

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HitzFM Sarawak’s poster of DJ Yusuf. Photo: HitzFM Sarawak/Instagram HitzFM Sarawak’s poster of DJ Yusuf. Photo: HitzFM Sarawak/Instagram

Muhammad Yusuf Shukri, or DJ Yusuf, has resigned from radio station HitzFM Sarawak after a video of himself laughing at a science teacher drew backlash. 

His former employer said that they have accepted his resignation, noting that Yusuf leaves them today. The station did not elaborate on findings from an internal inquiry it launched after the TikTok video of Yusuf, 29, ridiculing a teacher’s pronunciation of “birth” and several others was met with criticism. 

“Hitz remains committed to keeping Malaysians informed and entertained,” a statement by HitzFM said, adding: “Following internal inquiry into our recent controversy involving one of our announcers, we have accepted his resignation effective 22nd February 2020.”

Yusuf joined HitzFM Sarawak as a radio announcer three years ago. He pulled the offending video from his TikTok account last week and posted an apology online. 

“I would like to sincerely apologize to the teacher who I made fun of,” he said on Instagram, adding: “My TikTok video was not funny at all. It was very demeaning, very disrespectful, distasteful of me to do such a video.”

In the now-deleted TikTok video, Yusuf was filmed laughing at the primary school science teacher lecturing about human reproduction in the English language on the recently launched DidikTV. 

When the teacher said, “You can see that human[s] reproduce by giving birth,” Yusuf guffawed and added the caption “bird” in the video.

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This article, Joke’s on you: DJ Yusuf resigns from HitzFM Sarawak, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company.

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