Malay rights pressure group PERKASA has declared 'WAR' against controversial rapper and film-maker NAMEWEE, whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, following the launch of his debut album last night.
About 70 people turned up at the Chinese Assembly Hall in Jalan Maharajalela here tonight to stage a protest against Namewee.
The group was seen carrying Perkasa banners and Namewee’s pictures that were later set on fire, while some hurled abuse at the rapper who was launching an album in the hall.
Namwee said he is not afraid of Perkasa and believes that the police will protect him.
The young performer will kick off the tour tomorrow at the private New Era College in Kajang. It is owned by Chinese education NGO Dong Zong.
Its youth chief Arman Azha Abu Hanifah said members are ready to act as "panglima perang dan hulubalang Melayu (Malay warriors)," and are willing to tail the rapper throughout his upcoming promotional tour.
“If he was so brave why didn't he step out yesterday?...If he is trying to act like a Tionghua (Chinese) hero, then why did he not have the guts to face Malay warriors last night? We only wanted to talk. We accept news (of his tour) with open arms. If he performs inside (a hall), we will 'perform' outside too,” he said when contacted today.
He added that Wee could only hide behind his Youtube account previously, and that he hopes to hide now behind the police and the electronic media.
About 100 policemen, including the Federal Reserve Unit from Dang Wangi, were present to ensure peace and safety.
Wira Perkasa Malaysia head Arman Azha Abu Hanifah, who headed the gathering, tried to enter the hall but was prevented by police.
The group later wanted the police to call Namewee out of the hall but police did not heed their request.
Arman Azhar later told reporters that the gathering was to protest against Namewee who had disgraced the nation through his controversial video clips and albums which were racists in nature.
Arman Azhar said, “We want him (Namewee) to openly apologise to not only the Malays but the people of Malaysia. What he has done has certainly damaged racial harmony and unity.”
Namewee said this is NOT the issue, as his intention is to “address racism”.
Meanwhile, Dang Wangi police chief ACP Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman said nobody was arrested during the protest since they followed police instructions and dispersed when instructed by police.“We asked them to disperse within 40 minutes and they followed the instructions,” he said.