Thursday September 2, 2010
Learn from Namewee controversy, says Khairy
KOTA BARU: The controversy over the video clip by rapper Wee Meng Chee or Namewee should be a lesson on the need to exercise restraint when commenting on racially-sensitive issues.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the rapper did not seem to have learned from a previous controversy he was embroiled in.
“We forgave him before and thought that he had changed when he returned to Malaysia.
“We have tolerated a lot but when the insult is too blatant, the time has come for stern action,” he told reporters after a meeting with Kota Baru Umno Youth chief Rosmadi Ismail here on Tuesday night.
Police recorded Namewee’s statement to facilitate investigations into the video clip which allegedly contained racial slurs.
Namewee created a controversy in 2007 while in Taiwan with his infamous national anthem rap.
Urging police to speed up their investigations, Khairy, who is the Rembau MP, said what the rapper had done was unacceptable in a multiracial society and that the issue should be dealt with swiftly.
“If there are racist statements from anyone, police and the prosecutor should act swiftly or else they can cause further damage,” he said.
Khairy also refuted claims that the Malays were too sensitive, saying “we have in fact tolerated a lot of things.”
MIC Youth chief T. Mohan also called on the Government to conduct a proper investigation into the latest video clip by Wee.
“If it is found that Namewee had hurt the feelings of other races, then we fully support punitive action against him,” he said in a statement.