Wee Meng Chee, or better known as Namewee, is a Malaysian-Chinese rapper. He recently released a CNY music video, Like a Dog to celebrate the Year of the Dog, as according to the Chinese Calender. Check out his video below.
His video, with over 1 million views now has gone viral. Unfortunately, it is for the wrong reason.
Malaysian rapper Namewee remanded over the controversial Chinese New Year Video
Apparently, Namewee’s video has touched on various sensitive aspects and threatens to undermine Malaysia’s peace and harmony. Let’s dissect the out-of-bounds markers that Namewee has touched.
Video on Dogs in Malaysia
61.3% of the Malaysian population is of Muslim adherents. And Muslims view dogs to be “dirty” and would avoid them. Hence the idea of Namewee using dogs as the theme of his music video did not appeal to the Muslims.
Malaysia’s use of rooster for a Chinese New Year ad only further highlights their reluctance.
I am pretty sure such an advertisement by the government would have gone through multiple times of checking…so don’t bother trying to convince people that it was a genuine mistake…
Accusing Malaysia government of corruption
Sure, PM Najib seems suspicious in the 1MDB scandal. Still, that does not give one the right to just accuse the Malaysian government of corruption…
Based on the lyrics, Namewee sings that dogs in Malaysia go “mari mari, wang wang” (come come, money money). Plus, the entire video is shot just behind the Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya, where the Prime Minister’s office is.
Suggestive dance moves
I don’t think I need to elaborate further on this…
The clip has since been investigated and the police are looking for Wee Meng Chee. Interestingly, Namewee has decided to surrender himself, believing in justice and his innocence.