Malaysia: Artist released on bail; investigation pending

2 September 2016

Malaysian artist Namewee was released on bail in Penang on 25 August 2016 after four days in detention over charges that a recent video he starred in, directed and produced allegedly insulted Islam, reported Reuters on 25 August 2016. Penang district police chief Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said they have referred …

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Malaysia: Rapper threatened with censorship and arrest

10 August 2016

Police plan to arrest rapper Namewee (real name Wee Meng Chee) when he returns to Malaysia over his recent video for a song he performed with Taiwanese hip hop trio Nine One One called ‘Oh My God’, which has allegedly insulted religion, reported Free Malaysia Today on 2 August 2016. …

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Malaysia: Youths arrested during music gig

2 September 2015

163 youths, including a photographer from The Malaysian Insider, were detained by the police on 28 August 2015 while watching a Bersih music countdown at the independent punk music venue Rumah Api in Ampang Jaya, according to Malaysian Insider and other sources. According to one of those detained, Aizuddin Ismail, …

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Malaysia: American artist banned for offending religious sensitivities

31 October 2013


Malaysian authorities have banned a planned concert by the American pop singer Ke$ha after deciding it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities. The organiser of the concert, Livescape, told the news agencies that it received a letter from the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia about the ban and that it …

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Malaysia: American heavy metal band denied permit to perform

5 September 2013

Christian and Islamic groups in Malaysia called for a festival concert with the American heavy metal band Lamb of God scheduled for 28 September 2013 in Kuala Lumpur to be banned. As a result, on 4 September, the band was reportedly denied permit to perform in Malaysia. Minister in the …

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Malaysia: Committee to evaluate whether song should be banned

2 April 2012

  The Malaysian song ‘Bawaku Pergi’, which is sung by Kaka and actor-comedian Zizan, was suggested to be banned because it contains lyrics which could encourage young people to run away from home. The minister of culture wants to give it a second thought. The Malaysian Minister of Culture has …

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Malaysia: Political music video banned

4 October 2011

    Malaysia’s Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim has deemed the video for the song ‘Undilah’ unsuitable for broadcast because it has contents which allegedly “offends certain segments of society”. In a mix of Bahasa Malaysia, English and Mandarin, the video shows known Malaysian personalities urge Malaysians to …

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Malaysia: In League With Satan? – The Malaysian Black Metal Ban

23 September 2009

A personal account by the editor of The Devil On 45 Zine Author: ‘Ed On 45’ First published: 10 July 2009 What do you think of first when you hear the term ‘black metal’? Probably something along the lines of; high pitched vocals, blast beats, Scandinavia, forests, heavily distorted guitars, …

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Malaysia: Muslims barred from hip-hop concert

7 September 2009

The American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas is scheduled to perform at a theme park near Kuala Lumpur on 25 September 2009, but because the concert is spnsored by a brewery, the Irish beermaker Guinness, “the party is only open to non-Muslims aged 18 years and above,” states the website …

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Malaysia: Two singers deemed “unacceptable to Islam”

17 June 2008

”The youth wing of Malaysia’s opposition Islamic party will stage a peaceful protest if the two singers Mas Idayu and Ella are not banned from a 6 July concert, reported The Associated Press on 17 June 2008. Rock singer Norzila Aminuddin, better known as Ella – Malaysia’s ‘Queen of Rock’ …

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Malaysia: Singer banned for showing bare chest

29 January 2008

Singer Faizal Tahir is banned by Malaysian authorities from appearing in any entertainment programmes on tv for three months. Reason: he took off his shirt during a live concert on tv On 13 January 2008, pop singer Faizal Tahir courted controversy by removing his shirts to his bare chest and …

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Malaysia: Student faces imprisonment for “seditious” rap

13 August 2007

Malaysian authorities to act against student over socalled ‘seditious’ national anthem rap on YouTube By Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), Bangkok (SEAPA/IFEX) – Malaysian authorities are looking to come down hard on a student in Taiwan who has allegedly insulted nationalistic and Islamic sensibilities in a music video uploaded on …

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Malaysia: Blacklisted Heavy Metal band launches debut album

5 July 2006

After more than 20 years of performing, the Malaysian Heavy Metal band Blackfire has finally released it’s debut album, entitled ‘Lahir Dari Api’ (“Born of Fire”) on 6 June 2006 By FreemuseThe album was printed in 1,000 copies and released by a close friend of the band who runs an …

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Malaysia: American music performance banned from tv

13 February 2006

Officials in Malaysia apparently found the dance and costume of American superstar Madonna so provocative that they banned it from been shown on Malaysian television   Wearing a lilac leotard and bustier with matching high heels, the 47-year-old pop icon gyrated around a pole during a much-hyped performance with the virtual band Gorillaz …

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Malaysia: Norwegian rock band banned from performing

3 February 2006

The Norwegian black metal band Mayhem was scheduled to give a performance in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur on 4 February 2006, as part of their international concert tour through Asia, but following objections from members of Dewen Rakyat, the country’s parliament, the concert has been banned. Officials viewed their slogan …

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Malaysia: Islamic authority bans black metal

25 January 2006

On January 23, 2006, the highest Islamic authority in Malaysia placed a ban on black metal – a rock music variant dominated by distorted guitars and occult imagery“Followers of black metal could be prosecuted under Islamic law,” spokesman of the National Fatwa Council’s panel on Islamic affairs, professor Datuk Shukor …

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Malaysia: Black metal music under attack

28 October 2005

By Meredith Holmgren Malaysian authorities are once again targeting black metal as a source of satanic cult rituals. On 5 October 2005, Malaysian officials announced an investigation of “heavy metal cult” members, who they believe “practice animal sacrifices and destroy religious texts including the Koran” (AP, 6 October 2005). Many …

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Malaysia: Malay songs with English lyrics banned

20 April 2004

The government of Malaysia has banned songs that contain English lyrics from state-controlled radio and television stations On April 18th, 2004, a ban on Malay songs containing English lyrics went into effect for state-controlled broadcasters throughout Malaysia. The ban resulted from Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP, the Language and Literature …

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Mariah upsets Malaysian Muslims

16 January 2004

Malaysia’s Muslim opposition party has called for Mariah Carey to be barred from performing in the country. From BBC;  

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Malaysia: Music and moral

22 January 2003

Malaysia: music and moral Radio stations in Malaysia have been told to submit scripts of live programmes before they are broadcast. Story from BBC  

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