Malaysian rapper held over music video said to insult Islam

Source: AT

Namewee directed and produced the music video titled “Oh My God!”, in a mixture of Mandarin and Hokkien Chinese dialects, for a Taiwan band. He was detained on Sunday on arrival from Taiwan at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.It is not the first time the Malaysian has courted controversy.

He was widely accused of mocking the country when, as a student in Taiwan in 2007, he posted a video titled “Negarakuku” – a play on the title of the national anthem, Negaraku, and the Hokkien-language word for penis.He was investigated by police for sedition when he returned home a year later. He apologized for the video.Malaysia is sensitive about communal relations in a society made up of majority ethnic Malays, who are Muslim, and sizeable ethnic Chinese and ethnic Indian minorities, many of whom are Buddhist, Christian or Hindu.State action against perceived insults or challenges to the religious status quo has been on the rise over the past few years.

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