Malaysian rapper Wee Meng Chee, widely known as Namewee, was made to sign a statement in which he promised not to talk about the Malaysian or Chinese government while visiting Hong Kong from Monday, Apple Daily reported.
Wee, who will hold a concert in Hong Kong, gained popularity in the territory after he wrote and sang an expletive-riddled song titled Learn Cantonese, in support of the use of Cantonese amid efforts by the central government to discourage its use and push for Putonghua instead.
He uploaded on his web page a picture showing a statement, in which he promises not to comment on the Malaysian and Chinese governments during his stay in the city from Oct. 19 to 22.
“It’s just one concert in Hong Kong, do they really have to…” Wee said in the picture’s caption. “The Hong Kong side made me sign the statement.”
Concert manager Lau Tao-wang, of EQ Music & Media, said it was his company who asked Wee to sign the statement, indicating that it wants to avoid anything that is “politically sensitive”.
Lau also said co-organizers were also worried.
He stressed that the statement was solely his idea, adding that the Malaysian or Chinese government has nothing to do with it.
“We just want him to behave,” Lau said. “Also, the company wants Wee to enter the China market in the future.”
Lau told Apple Daily that he handed the statement together with Wee’s working visa application to the Immigration Department.
However, the department said it wouldn’t require applicants to sign such statement when dealing with working visa applications.
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