Malaysia Seeks Taiwanese Musicians for Insulting Islam

Namewee; photo by Malaysiakini (Copyrighted free use), via Wikimedia Commons

Following the arrest of Malaysian rapper Namewee for insulting Islam, authorities are requesting assistance from Interpol in identifying and locating three Taiwanese musicians involved in the video that led to Namewee’s arrest as he re-entered Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, The Straits Times reported.

The unedited video for the Mandarin-language song “Oh My God!” was allegedly shot at multiple religious sites in Penang, including a mosque, church, and Buddhist, Taoist, and Hindu temples. The rapper claims that the version of the video being investigated was not the finished, edited version and that it was leaked before being edited (edited version of the video).

The Taiwanese musicians who allegedly appeared in the video are members of the popular group Jiu Yi Yi (Nine-One-One 玖壹壹). The group is known for a song and video that mocks laowai in Taiwan, aptly titled “Foreigner (歪國人),” that was released last year.

According to Malaysiakini, the hip hop group plans to cooperate with Malaysian police in its investigation.

Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Ghafar Rajab said the police will meet with the Penang Islamic Religious Department to discuss the charges against the 33-year-old Namewee, whose legal name is Wee Meng Chee (黃明志).

Namewee faces up to two years in prison, plus a fine, if convicted.

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