PETALING JAYA, Feb 22 – Controversial rapper and musician Wee Meng Chee, better known as Namewee, had remanded by the police after giving his statement to Bukit Aman over his controversial YouTube Chinese New Year music video, which led to angry groups lodging reports.
In a post on his official Facebook page today, Namewee’s administrator posted a statement, saying that the controversial rapper had been officially remanded by police for further questioning.
“Namewee has been officially remanded. We will continue to cooperate with police for investigation. Thanks for your continuous support. Let’s pray and hope that Namewee will be released tomorrow,” said the admin.
Earlier, Namewee said he was at the police headquarters as he believed in the country’s justice system. “I am currently in Bukit Aman to give evidence. I’m not afraid because I believe Malaysia has justice. Thank you to all who support Namewee,” Namewee said in an earlier Facebook post that was accompanied by a picture of him at Bukit Aman.
Police had said they were tracking down Namewee as the video allegedly offended the feelings and sensitivities of the multi-racial community in the country. On Sunday (Feb 18), Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said an investigation paper has been opened on rapper Namewee’s video clip which allegedly rode roughshod on the sensitivities of the multi-racial society in the country.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 298 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. In his Like a Dog music video, Namewee sang that dogs in different countries have different barks, and while American dogs go “woof woof” and Indonesian dogs go “bow wow”, Malaysian dogs go “mari mari wang wang” (come come money money).
The dog theme in the video was in conjunction with the Chinese Year of the Dog. He was accompanied by background dancers in dog masks, who moved provocatively and scatter money to the beat of the music. The controversial musician and director said that the video was shot by the side of a main road in Putrajaya, with the Prime Minister’s Office a kilometre away in the background. — PN