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SPECIAL REPORT: The Negarakuku saga

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Wee Meng Chee , known as Namewee on the Internet, has developed a cult following of sorts among young Malaysians after airing a six-minute rap video on YouTube last month that has been viewed by over half a million people.

The rap, which is a parody of the national anthem containing a mixture of Mandarin and Hokkien lyrics touched on a number of racially and religiously sensitive issues.

For this the 24-year-old media studies student, who is based in Taiwan, faces the full might of the state - he is being probed by the police and the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission.

There was even suggestion that his citizenship could be revoked, and action is being mulled under the Sedition Act as well as the National Anthem Act.

While Wee has apologised, the government nevertheless vowed to punish him. The following are a selection of the reports and the subsequent discussion that took place in Malaysiakini on the issue.

NEWS REPORTS

Rapper Wee rapped in Dewan Rakyat

Gov't in quandary over YouTube rapper

PKR Youth: Look at ‘Negarakuku’ objectively

Negarakuku singer alleges Malay daily instigation

NGOs: Don’t persecute artistic expressions

Anwar raps attitude in anthem controversy

I'm sorry, says Negarakuku rapper

Let’s accept Wee’s apology: Zam

Negarakuku apology: A hollow victory

Cabinet rejects apology from rapper

Rapper's citizenship will not be revoked

Negarakuku video: PAS, DAP rap Umno

Negarakuku: Let it rest, says MCA Youth

'Negarakuku': MCMC launches probe

Sedition: Charge both Wee and Umno

Wee's rap song - what’s the big deal?

'Negarakuku': Enough! ministry tells media

‘New’ rap video made before ‘Negarakuku’: Wee

OPINIONS

Below are the Letters to the Editor on the Negarakuku issue [below the comment box]

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