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Namewee parodies World Cup fever in Malaysia
Mon, Jun 14, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia: Controversial rapper Wee Meng Chee, better known as Namewee, has composed a new music video to parody the World Cup football fever.

The clip was uploaded on both popular video sharing site YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/namewee and his personal blog several days ago.

In the song, Wee narrated how the country had never been shortlisted for the World Cup and how Malaysians had to resort to merely betting on the games and watching football matches in order to get a feel of participating in the tournament.

He also rapped about illegal bookies and wives and girlfriends of football fans complaining about being neglected due to the football matches.

The over four-minute long video also features a number of women clad in attractive sport outfits playing football.

In his blog, Wee said he had written the song to bring a different feel to Malaysia's participation in the World Cup and urged everyone to work harder for sports.

In the video clip, he had also taken a dig at Malaysia's performance in the last Thomas Cup badminton tournament and on "Datuk Lee's" comments and reasoning behind it.

The Malaysian badminton team had lost to both Japan and Indonesia during the Thomas Cup.

The video, which recorded over 151,000 views so far, has attracted diverse comments from viewers, including praises and criticisms.

The 27-year-old Muar-born artiste first made headlines with his infamous Negarakuku YouTube music video in 2007, which he did while studying in a university in Taiwan.

The song had used the national anthem as the background to his rap.

He was subsequently questioned by the Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes headquarters for his song and asked to provide a translation of it in Bahasa Malaysia.

Since then, the rapper had also been criticised for hitting out at Tenaga Nasional Bhd after his home in Muar was hit by a blackout and for his views and sentiments on the Chinese independent school system.

He was reported to be planning and seeking government funding for a film.

-The Star/Asia News Network

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