Malaysian rapper held for hurting Islam

ANI | Updated: Feb 24, 2018 23:27 IST

Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], Feb 24 (ANI): Controversial Malaysian rapper Wee Meng Cheein has been arrested for allegedly insulting Islam with a Lunar New Year video, which features dancers wearing dog masks and performing suggestive moves.

The video features Cheein, also known as Namewee sitting on a chair in front of a domed building and mimicking barks of canines from around the world.

Further, several black-clad dancers wearing masks of dogs, an animal considered unclean in Islam, gyrate around Namewee, with two of them mimicking a sex move.

The police said that a probe has been initiated against the artist for hurting religious feelings and "transmitting offensive communications," according to Pakistan Today.

Earlier on Thursday, Namewee had posted a picture of himself on Facebook arriving at the national police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur to give a statement.

The rapper faces up to a year in jail, if found guilty.

The probe was launched after complaints from Muslim groups and public criticism from the deputy prime minister over the video, which has more than 950,000 views on YouTube since being released on February 10. (ANI)