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Malaysian artist Namewee arrested for 'Oh My God' music video

The rapper's latest song is being accused of blasphemous content

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 22 Aug 2016

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Malaysian rapper Wee Meng Chee, better known by his stage name Namewee, was arrested upon his arrival at KLIA yesterday for his latest controversial song Oh My God.

Police reports were made against him by 20 unspecified non-governmental organisations, alleging how the accompanying music video, posted on Saturday on his YouTube channel, is blasphemous and insulting to Islam. In the video, Namewee and Taiwanese band 911 perform in front of places of worship of various religions, including Tanjung Bungah's floating mosque. However, footage of the mosque is no longer featured in the latest version of the video.

The Malay Mail added that Namewee is being investigated under Section 295 of the Penal Code, which concerns "injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class." The rapper, now under a remand in Penang until 25 August, would face up to two years in jail or a fine if convicted.

In a separate video Namewee posted earlier this month (seen below), he explained the concept behind the Oh My God music video: to promote religious harmony.

"I want to emphasise that this is a song about human's helplessness and the importance of religion," he said, adding thoughts about how religion is a person's spiritual support, which guides people to perform good deeds. Namewee shot to fame in 2007 when he released a music video for I Love My Country Negarakuku, which features the national anthem alongside controversial rap verses.

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