Maybe He Should Go To Jail
I say "yes" to jail, but for the crime of
rap music, not insulting Islam.
(The Guardian) - A Malaysian rapper has been remanded in custody by a court in Penang over a music video entitled Oh My God that allegedly insults Islam because it was partly filmed in a mosque.
Namewee, whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, will be held for four days, a district police chief, Mior Faridalathrash Wahid, told Agence France-Presse.
He said the rapper was being investigated for defiling a place of worship with the intent of insulting a religion.
The rapper, who is also a film director, could face up to two years in prison, a fine, or both, according to local media.
The word “Allah” and sounds of the Islamic call to prayer were said to have been used in the four-minute Mandarin music video.
The video featured footage of Namewee and other singers, dressed in outfits representing different cultures and religions, performing inside a Penang mosque and a church as well as Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist temples.
Namewee was arrested at Kuala Lumpur international airport on his return from overseas late on Sunday. Investigations are continuing after he was remanded by the court in Penang.
Earlier this year, cinema posters and a billboard advertisement for a Hong Kong blockbuster were modified to erase a half-man, half-pig character. Pork and its byproducts are forbidden under the religion.
In July, several groups filed police reports claiming Namewee’s music video had insulted Islam.