Chef Wan apologises to Hindus, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Popular chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, better known as Chef Wan, has apologised over his comments that equated Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s wardrobe in Cannes Film Festival with kavadi procession during Thaipusam.

He did so in two Instagram posts.

“Omg not in a million years my true intention was to be racist on insult the religion,” he said.

He pointed out that he merely equated the film fest to Thaipusam.

“Honestly that was my true intention… Not even to mock her except I jbew U was also joking to make people laugh as it is so huge the dress and does look like a peacock.

“It was never my true intention to be racist or insult the Hindu faith because as a TV chef since I have always loved and have high respect for all culture and religion and religion of the world.

“I like to take this opportunity to say my deep apology to all those people who gelt I had hurt their religion. I am sorry.”

In the second post Chef Wan apologised to Aishwarya Rai even though the chef and the actor are strangers to each other.

A police report was lodged against Chef Wan over the weekend.

The Sentul police district headquarters have confirmed that the celebrity chef is being investigated under section 298 of the Penal Code and section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998.

Section 298 of the Penal Code criminalises the act of insulting any faiths.

Section 233 criminalises online content that is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person.