- A rapper was jailed for allegedly insulting Islam by filming a music video in a mosque and using the word Allah
- In Malaysia, it is considered as an offense to defile a mosque and use the word “Allah,” especially when you are non-Muslim
- Namewee was released after filing a bail and because of hi health problems
A Malaysian-Chinese rapper was arrested for allegedly insulting Islam by filming a music video inside a mosque and using the word “Allah” in reference to God.
Wee Meng Chee, who goes by the stage name Namewee, was arrested on Sunday once he landed at Kuala Lumpar airport. According to the police, Namewee was being investigated for defining a place of worship, with the intention of insulting religion, as part of the video was filmed in a mosque.
In Malaysia, which is comprised of a large number of Muslims, it is illegal for non-Muslims to use the word “Allah” to refer to God, even in reference to their own faith. Moreover, the Malaysian rapper filmed the music video with three other featuring rappers inside the mosque, which is a sacred place for Muslims.
The rapper defended that the song, which is in Mandarin, aims to promote harmony. Amnesty International condemned the arrest as “another sign of the increasing repression by the Malaysian authorities against government critics, including artists”.
If found guilty, the 33-year-old ethnic Chinese musician could be jailed for up to two years and face a fine.
However, Namewee was freed after filing for a bail. The magistrates court also refused to extend his arrest because of his health problems.
“Namewee is suffering from stomach ulcers,” Penang district police chief, Mior Faridalathrash Wahid told AFP. “Namewee has been freed on police bail and we are still continuing with the investigations.”
Watch the music video below. - Kami Media