Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Negarakuku lad now in trouble with school

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Wednesday November 26, 2008
Negarakuku lad now in trouble with school

CONTROVERSY seems to follow rapper Wee Meng Chee wherever he goes, reported major Chinese dailies.

The three newspapers, Sin Chew Daily, Nanyang Siang Pau and China Press reported that Wee, who caused an uproar with his parody of the Negaraku last year, had been issued a legal notice by his alma mater, Chung Hwa High School.

The notice was to remove his latest recording from YouTube entitled “The ABC Time of Teacher Khoo”.

The school in Muar had demanded that the recording, which used the school as the backdrop while criticising the Malaysian Chinese education system, be removed.

The school said it had not given permission to Wee to use the school as a backdrop in his recording.

China Press reported that Wee had been served the legal papers at his home in Muar, Johor, on Monday.

Asked how he felt about the legal papers, Wee said that he was not surprised.

In his blog, Wee said the legal papers had helped raise awareness about his latest effort and problems faced by independent school students.

Criticising the local Chinese education system as being incomplete, Wee said it would force Chinese school graduates to look for alternatives to make a living.

Wee, who is better known as “Namewee”, made the controversial Negarakuku video while he was studying Mass Communication in Taiwan’s Ming Chuan University.

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Wee Meng Chee[1] (traditional Chinese: 黃明志; simplified Chinese: 黄明志; pinyin: Huáng Míng Zhì; Hainanese Pinyin: Wee Meng Chee) (born 1983 in Muar, Johor[2] ) was a Malaysian Chinese undergraduate student majoring in Mass Communication at Ming Chuan University, in Taipei, Taiwan ROC. He is also commonly known under the alias Namewee.

Wee gained notoriety after releasing a controversial song fused with the national anthem of Malaysia, Negaraku, which describes the state of the country and its government. In the following weeks, the song increasingly drew both praise and criticism from various quarters of Malaysian society, and prompted the government of Malaysia to voice the possibility of action against Wee.

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