PETALING JAYA: Controversial rapper Namewee says that if the authorities want to hold anyone accountable for the production of the ‘Oh My God’ music video, then the individual should be him.
Namewee whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, said it was him alone who produced the music video, and conceptualised the contents as well as wrote the lyrics, and composed the song.
In a recent Facebook posting, Namewee said: “‘Oh My God’ was the sound track for the movie ‘The Big Power’. (Taiwanese band) Nine One One was only responsible for singing and performing in the music video.
“If you want accountability, then please do so against me.”
On Aug 21, Namewee was arrested upon his arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and remanded in police custody for four days for investigations under Section 295 of the Penal Code for allegedly “defiling a place of worship with intention to insult the religion.”
He was released on Thursday although the police are not ready to let the case go.
According to Penang police chief Abdul Ghafar Rajab, the police have requested Interpol’s assistance to locate the three members of the Taiwanese band.
In the music video, Namewee and the band members are seen singing and dancing in several places of worship in Penang.
Their antics however outraged certain sectors of the public, with 20 NGOs lodging police reports against the rapper, who previously courted controversy with his video, ‘Negarakuku’ that mocked the national anthem.
Namewee however claimed that his most recent music video was made to promote religious harmony and peace.
“The characters are not religious leaders, but are only ‘representative characters’.”
He also blamed his arrest on the “extreme Malay media” for making an issue of the video while Malaysians of other religions did not think there was anything wrong with it.
Namewee pointed out that he had also obtained the necessary permission to shoot the music video in the various places of worship.