Arts and Culture
This study focus on the analysis of the song sequences in the films of Malaysian director Namewee and explored how Namewee engage with the nation’s ethnic politics while advocate an inclusive cultural hybrid national identity of Malaysia in these sequences. Namewee, whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, is not new to Malaysian society as a controversial artist and filmmaker. His outspoken gesture and the habit of step on Malaysian’s sensitive ethnic boundaries in his cultural creations, has aroused several controversial cultural-political incidents in the country. As a Chinese Malaysian who are rooted in the nation yet facing the state’s policies of positive discrimination, Namewee are overtly skeptical towards the ethnic politics manipulated by the state while envisioned a more egalitarian and pluralistic multicultural version of Malaysian nation. As an artist who started his career as the creation of songs and music videos, these two genres are the major forms for his version of “contentious culture”, and become the important and regular features in his films. The songs and music video sequences in his films are entertaining yet implied strong political message, which require deeper analysis. The discussion will focus on his first three films which are Nasi Lemak 2.0 (2011), Hantu Gangster (2012) and Kara King (2013).