GEORGETOWN - Police in Malaysia are looking to request for help from Interpol in order to locate three musicians, believed to be Taiwanese, who appeared alongside controversial Malaysian rapper Namewee in a music video that has faced accusations it insulted Islam.
Malaysia's Bernama news agency reported on Tuesday (Aug 23) that police in Penang are seeking help from the federal police in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, to locate the three musicians featured alongside Namewee in the video.
Bernama reported Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Ghafar Rajab as saying that investigations were ongoing and Malaysia would seek help from Interpol to record their statements.
Police investigating the case have so far recorded statements from seven people, he said.
Based on information provided to police by Namewee, whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, the three men are believed to be Taiwanese musicians and are living in Taiwan.
Earlier reports said the musicians were members of a Taiwanese band called Nine-One-One.
The music video for the Mandarin song, Oh My God!, was filmed in several places of worship in Penang, including a mosque, a church, as well as Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist temples.
The music video also featured the Muslim call to prayer, along with a church choir, Buddhist meditation gongs as well as Hindu temple bells.
Datuk Abdul Ghafar said the police will also be meeting with the Penang Islamic Religious Department (JAIPP) to discuss the issue.
"We will discuss with JAIPP to know to what extent has the action by Namewee in singing and recording the act in the mosque insulted Islam," he said.
Malaysian police on Monday obtained a four-day remand for the rapper in response to complaints over his music video by some Muslim groups, The Star reported.
The case is being investigated under Section 295 of the Penal Code for injuring or defiling a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class.
The 33-year-old was arrested at KLIA airport after arriving home from overseas on Sunday.