November 20, 2020 | News | No Comments
The Federal Territory Perikatan Nasional (PN) Youth has lodged a police report against controversial singer and director Wee Meng Chee over his latest movie poster
Wee, who is more commonly known as Namewee, made a movie titled Babi and its poster shows various derogatory words that are often associated with Malaysia’s three major races, reported Free Malaysia Today.
“This insult and provocation is seen as outrageous and is a rude and insolent act. We fear it can cause interracial tension in Malaysia,” said Federal Territory PN Youth information unit member Mohammad Azwan Azmi outside the Dang Wangi district police headquarters today, 19 November.
He also said he had requested the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to block the content related to the film, whether it is on channels such as Namewee’s Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram accounts.
Namewee claims that his latest movie is banned in Malaysia, while it is gaining international recognition elsewhere
According to JUICE, Babi is Namewee’s most successful work yet.
Not only did the movie receive nominations at the Berlin International Film Festival, Bangkok International Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, but also the Chinese language-equivalent of the Oscars – the Golden Horse Awards.
According to Namewee, this film is based on a true event that took place in a school 20 years ago. The government allegedly tried to hide it from the public.
Based on the trailer, the movie is about students waging a race war against each other.
Lives are lost and blood is spilled in the school. Authorities are later called in to investigate the matter.
The one-hour-two-minute long feature film is said to depict abuse of power, racial discrimination, hate speech, and sexual exploitation in the school.
At the time of writing, SAYS could not verify if the movie is banned in Malaysia. But in the past, his previous movie Banglasia was banned by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board (LPF).
The movie was approved five years later after seven scenes were cut and replaced, reported Malay Mail.
The movie was renamed Banglasia 2.0.
Other movies he directed include Nasi Lemak 2.0, Hantu Gangster, Kara King, and a short film called The Game of Las Vegas.