21 February 2018
Artiste group wants Namewee stripped of citizenship
THE Malaysian Artiste Association (Seniman) wants Putrajaya to strip Namewee of his citizenship, following his latest music video controversy.
Bahasa Malaysia daily Harian Metro reported today that Seniman president Rozaidi Abd Jamil, better known as Zed Zaidi, said the rapper had repeatedly caused controversies and was not sensitive to the nation’s cultural diversity.
“We (from Seniman) think Namewee is a rude person. Maybe he has been living abroad for too long till he doesn’t understand religious and cultural sensitivities,” he was quoted as saying.
Rozaidi also called for the banning of Namewee’s public performances in Malaysia to prevent other artistes’ reputation from being hurt.
6 August 2013
Uh, uh, I’m so *&%^*%^* tired yo’all, Namewee raps Perkasa
For a rapper who is no stranger to controversy, the last thing one expects Namewee to say is he is tired.
“I am just very tired. I have put in so much effort, wasted so much of my time and youth to promote unity through movies, yet they are doing this,” he told The Malaysian Insider, referring to attacks from Umno-backed newspapers and rights groups.
He has made the news over and over again for about the same reasons – he raps about people and things one doesn’t normally expect to turn up in a rap song. And this has incurred the wrath of the authorities from time to time.
But this time, it i different. This time, Namewee (pic) is in the sights because he has come out in support of a movie that was slammed by the weekend newspaper Mingguan Malaysia for glorifying communism.
Yesterday, Malay rights group Perkasa even demanded that his citizenship be revoked.
Perkasa deputy president Datuk Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar said it had lodged countless police reports against Namewee but the Attorney-General had done nothing.
Namewee said, “They can call me racist. They can call me anything they want. I don’t have to defend myself or answer to them.”
Namewee was heavily criticised by Mingguan Malaysia columnist Awang Selamat on Sunday, calling the rapper racist, childish and someone who didn’t know his history.
Awang, a pseudonym used by Utusan’s editors in the weekly edition, also called him an extremist for speaking out against the decision to halt the screening of the movie “The New Village”.
This came after the actor and director had posted a YouTube video called “017 Double Standard”, saying that the demand to halt the movie showed double standards.
He said he found it strange that the Film Censorship Board had approved the movie in the first place.
“What is the point of approving the movie only to have it banned later? I don’t know why this is happening. But this is a serious problem,” he said.
“This will only just incur a lot of costs to the movie production.”
This is Namewee’s youtube video
[Namewee Tokok] 017 Double Standard 雙重標準 01-08-2013
Malay rights group Perkasa today urged the government to strip filmmaker Namewee of his citizenship following his latest video blog rant.
Namewee, or his real name Wee Meng Chee, questioned the government’s decision to order a second review on The New Village film last week, and this seemed to have riled up Perkasa.
“This has gone on for far too long. An apology won’t suffice any more. It’s time to take action,” said Perkasa deputy president Abdul Rahman Bakar in a press conference today.
He did not specify the action against Namewee, but suggested drastic actions such as stripping the rapper and filmmaker of his citizenship.
“He insulted our national anthem before and we still allowed him to be,” Abdul Rahman said.
Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman also urged the government to review the effectiveness of attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail’s role in charging individuals.
“This is because we have made thousands of police reports over which the AG has not taken action,” he claimed.
IT’S NOW UTUSAN WHO GOES AFTER NAMEWEE!
Utusan, “Apa lagi dia mahu? (What else does he want?)
Now, Utusan goes after Namewee for supporting The New Village film
The Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia has found a new target, or rather an old punching bag – Malaysian rapper Namewee (pic).
Its Mingguan Malaysia weekly’s columnist Awang Selamat today called Namewee racist, childish and a person who did not know his history – saying he was being an extremist for voicing out against the decision to halt the screening of the film “The New Village”, which some said had glorified communism.
“Although there were objections and provocation especially from extreme groups, let them be. Don’t budge. Among those who had rudely voiced their objections was Namewee or Wee Meng Chee,” wrote Awang, a pseudonym used by Utusan’s editors in the weekly edition.
“He (Namewee) had several times caused a controversy including insulting the ‘Negara Ku’. Not long ago, Namewee, (after apologising for his rudeness), had support from political leaders including Mohamed Nazri Aziz, but not this time.”
Awang said Nazri, who is now the Tourism and Culture Minister, too reacted against Namewee.
“I understand why Nazri would be so angry and no longer sympathises with him. This was because Namewee is racist, had gone overboard and took lightly the government’s decisions,” he wrote.
“Apa lagi dia mahu? (What else does he want?)
NAMEWEE DEFENDS THE VILLAGE IN HIS INIMITABLE WAY, AND PERKASA ATTACKS HIM IN THEIR USUAL STYLE.
The Malay rights pressure group Perkasa want the authorities to take action against filmmaker Namewee for criticising the government for ordering a review of The New Village, which resulted in the film’s premier being delayed.
Perkasa information chief Ruslan Kassim said Namewee had behaved excessively in his video blog posting on Youtube, where he ranted about double standards to the authority’s approach to the film industry.
“Although the film (The New Village) is about the Communist Party in Malaysia once ago, but it’s all no more than history.
“You can’t ban a movie simply because some idiots made some brainless complaint! That’s unacceptable, you know?” he said, while pointing out that another controversial film Tanda Putera was due to be screened on Aug 29.
Tanda Putera has been delayed multiple times since last year for due to criticisms about its portrayal of the May 13, 1963 riots.
As for The New Village, it was supposed to be released on Aug 22, but the Home Ministry has ordered the Film Censorship Board to review the film following complaints by Umno Youth exco member Lokman Adam that the film “glorifies communism”.
Namewee’s own film affected.
In addition, Namewee also complained over his own problems with film regulators especially with his latest film Kara King, which was released on Aug 1.
He said the film has been delayed since Chinese New Year and regulators only provided him with the Aug 1 date on a very short notice.
As a result, he was unable to do promotional work nor release the film simultaneously in several countries as planned.
“No one knew when Kara King will be released. Only you alone know. I was notified a few moments ago. Without proper promotion, who is going to watch my movie? What should I do?” he said.
Friday August 2, 2013 MYT 12:09:19 PM
Rapper Namewee pitches into New Village controversy
KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial rapper Namewee has added his voice to the furore over local movie The New Village, saying that the call to halt the movie’s screening showed double standards.
In his YouTube video entitled 017 Double Standard uploaded on Thursday, Namewee decried the call by some quarters for the Film Censorship Board to review the movie before allowing it to be screened.
Namewee, who is also an actor and director, said it was an unreasonable move as The New Village tells the history of communism in Malaya.