It’s said that artists like Namewee are constantly involved deeply in politics, art and humanities. Their artwork is always the depiction of the current society and the issues that follow with it. However, one important thing to remember is that their artwork can oftentimes be both political and powerful. Politics can be very tricky to go about as it’s very easy to step on any one party’s tail.
That notion itself is quite dangerous since it’s not always possible to be pleasing a political party’s side. Oftentimes the ones that make the biggest impression are the artists who are the government watchdogs. Take Zunar and Fahmi Reza, their artwork propelled Malaysians to be more vigilant with the government of the day. All while understanding that they would possibly be taken into investigation because of their artwork depicting the politician in a certain manner.
Coming back home
As of now, Wee Meng Chee, Malaysian rapper Namewee, who took the headlines for his controversial works has returned to Malaysia. He also announced that he would be surrendering himself to the police after his one week quarantine. The artist was initially stopped by the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) police after passing immigration.
“As I was passing immigration, a red light flashed when I inserted my passport indicating I am a wanted person. I was later taken to the airport’s police station where I was kept for two hours,” he said.
He was then detained for two hours at the airport’s police station. Wee who created “Babi” was hounded by both police and politicians alike. Persatuan Seniman Malaysia (Seniman) lodged a police report against the movie. It was reported to contain elements of racism which affects the image of Malaysia.
Seniman secretary-general Mohd Hafiz Mohd Nafiah was quoted saying that in the video clips that he watched, he felt that the film contained elements of racism. While the movie itself is titled in a very compelling manner. The movie “Babi” has also gone on to receive nominations at four international film festivals.