A rap star has been detained in Malaysia on blasphemy charges after allegedly insulting Islam in his latest music video.

Namewee, whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, was arrested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport where he was returning from overseas, the Bernama agency said.

The word ‘Allah’ and sounds of the Islamic call to prayer were said to be used in the four-minute Mandarin music video, titled ‘Oh My God.’

The video, ‘Oh My God,’ was released in July and featured three other singers rapping in Mandarin in front of various places of worship and using the word Allah Enraged Malay Islamic activists lodged police complaints against Wee, saying the video was rude and disrespectful to Islam but the singer has defended himself by stating that what he was saying in the video was meant to promote religious harmony.

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