August 31, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 – Controversial song writer Wee Meng Chee presented himself to police here tonight in connection with a probe into whether he committed sedition over a music video he posted on Youtube, and declared himself the personification of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1 Malaysia.
Wee, better known as Namewee, had posted the video which contained trademark utterances of vulgarities and obscenities in response to an incident involving a Johor school principal who allegedly made racist remarks to her pupils.
He arrived tonight at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail police station in a grey BMW accompanied by his lawyer at 9.20pm.
Namewee, wearing a green shirt with a white beanie cap, told reporters that he was not racist, in response to accusations from Umno politicians.
“It doesn’t mean that If I see something wrong in my country, I will remain quiet because I am Malaysian. I am anti-racism and support 1 Malaysia,” he said in the police station parking lot.
Late last night Namewee posted on his Facebook page that policemen in three patrol cars came to his house in Muar to arrest him.
“3 POLICE CARS FINALLY CAME TO MY MUAR HOME TO ARREST ME***** this happened 15 minutes before our 53rd National Day Celebration, YES, I’m still here but for how long more, I don’t know ... my beloved MALAYSIA, where is our justice system?! (THIS IS NOT A JOKE),” said Namewee in a message that attracted more than 3,000 comments from Facebook users.
However earlier today Johor Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Amer Awal told The Malaysian Insider that there has been no plan yet to arrest Namewee.
“Not true, not true, we are still investigating his case,” Amer told The Malaysian Insider.
Namewee is under investigation for allegedly producing a seditious music video which was uploaded on YouTube.
The video was a reaction to SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra principal Siti Inshah Mansor’s alleged racist remarks to her pupils.
He removed the video from the video sharing site following public disapproval.
The Taiwanese graduate first made headlines in 2007, after he produced a music video purportedly ridiculing the national anthem and the Islamic call for prayer.
The recent video resulted in calls for government to take stern action against Namewee, including arresting him under the ISA and revoking his citizenship.
Namewee said tonight that he believes he has the support of the public.
“This is why I am ready to cooperate with the police officers. I believe that the police will support me in anti-racism and I believe the country will support me,” he said.
“I am mentally healthy, I have no injuries and I will not commit suicide,” he said.
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