Rapper Namewee has been remanded to assist investigations into his controversial ‘Like a Dog’ music video following four police reports lodged against him.
City deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob said that the singer has been remanded for four days until Monday.
“Yes. He has been remanded until Feb 26 to assist investigations,” he said today.
The 34-year-old singer was arrested yesterday at 2.45pm after he went to Bukit Aman to give his statement on the video.
“He was arrested as his video could have a negative impact on racial harmony in the country.
“He was detained under Section 298A of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act,” said Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd in a statement.
“I am not afraid because I believe Malaysia has justice,” Namewee said in a Facebook post that was accompanied by a picture of him at Bukit Aman.
Section 298A carries a prison term of between two and five years upon conviction.
Section 233 carries a jail term of not more than a year or a fine of not more than RM50,000, or both, upon conviction.
The video featured dog-barking sounds from around the world, with a group of individuals wearing dog masks. It contained allegedly vulgar dance moves.
The dog theme in the video was in conjunction with the Chinese Year of the Dog.
Defending himself against critics, Namewee had said the music video was “just a form of entertainment and was not intended to insult any religion.”
He also said allegations that the music video was filmed in front of a mosque were incorrect.
“The filming of this music video was made in an open space, away from any activities. It was done along the main road of Putrajaya and not near the mosque.
“The building in the rear, which is located approximately about one kilometre away is the Prime Minister’s office. Look properly,” he said.