Controversial artiste Namewee surrenders to Malaysian law enforcement around investigations into movie ‘Babi’

KUALA LUMPUR: Fresh new out of quarantine, Malaysian artiste Wee Meng Chee, 37, far better regarded as Namewee, surrendered himself at the Dang Wangi law enforcement station in central Kuala Lumpur on Monday (Mar 22). 

In a Fb publish on Monday early morning, Namewee reported this was the eighth time he had taken the initiative to cooperate with the police in his career as a musician and film-maker. 

“I have never ever attempted to run even however I know I am just a standard citizen and I am not robust plenty of to combat the huge suppression from this place,” he wrote.

“But a person factor I know (is) I am Malaysian, I adore Malaysia, and I hope Malaysia enjoys me also.” 

He additional that if there are no updates in advance of night time time, it would signify that he might be detained based on previous expertise. 

Police reviews have been earlier lodged versus Namewee over the film “Babi” (the Malay word for pig), which he directed. There are allegations that the film contained things of racism that tarnished Malaysia’s image.

Nevertheless, Namewee was then in Taiwan, and only returned to bear COVID-19 quarantine on Mar 14.

Following disembarking at the Kuala Lumpur Global Airport, Namewee explained he was flagged as being needed by the authorities. He was taken to the airport law enforcement station and later underwent quarantine at a resort. 

The movie “Babi”, which was released last calendar year, depicts school violence that purportedly took place in a secondary college in the southern component of Malaysia in 2000, in accordance to explanatory movies designed by the artiste.

In addition, Namewee reported very last year that as the film’s director, he required to mail a concept about the importance of unity and tolerance. 

“I sincerely hope that each race in Malaysia can be united and can are living harmoniously with each other, in its place of starting to be divided and result in interior conflicts,” he said.

In December final calendar year, the regional artists’ affiliation, Seniman had lodged a report versus the film. This came after the ruling coalition Perikatan Nasional’s youth wing lodged a report versus the movie the month before. 

The movie been given a quantity of nominations at international film festivals such as the Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, Bangkok International Movie Competition and Around Intercontinental Movie Festival in Berlin, among some others.


A screengrab from Namewee’s video clip which was posted on YouTube. 

Namewee is no stranger to controversy. He has rapped satirically about troubles such as authorities inefficiency, unequal cure and corruption.

In 2018, he was detained amid an uproar in excess of what some say was an obscene Lunar New Yr music movie depicting individuals in dog masks dancing in what appears to be Putrajaya.

On Monday afternoon, Namewee was reported to have exited the Dang Wangi station at 2.45pm, without the need of talking to the press.