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Crackhouse Comedy Club owner makes a another attempt to rid cybercrime charges

Crackhouse Comedy Club owner makes a another attempt to rid cybercrime charges

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Owner of Crackhouse Comedy Club, Mohamad Rizal Johan Van Geyzel has filed another letter of representation to the Attorney General Chambers (AGC).This will be his second attempt at getting rid of cyber crime charges. According to media reports, public prosecutor Noor Aslinda Che Seman confirmed that the second letter of representation was submitted the morning of 6 April 2023.

This comes after the AGC rejected his first representation letter which was submitted on 12 December last year. The owner of the comedy club landed himself in legal trouble after he was accused of uploading a video on three different social media platforms that touched on racial and religious sensitivities. The video was a stand-up routine which involved joked on Islam drawing furore from Malaysians - many of whom were Muslim.

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The comedian, Siti Nuramira binti Abdullah said, “I’m a Malay Muslim and I have memorised 15 verses of the Quran,” after which she stripped off her hijab and baju kurung, to show a more revealing outfit that she had worn underneath. The routine was profanity-laden as well. Nuramira was arrested but went on to plead not guilty of insulting Islam.

When the video went viral, Crackhouse Comedy Club took to its Facebook page to share that its “strongly condemns the contents of the now-viral video showing an individual allegedly insulting Islam during and open mic show on our premises.” It also put out an official release regarding the incident. The release stated that the Crackhouse Comedy Club's reputation had been damaged by the comedian who appeared to have her own agenda.

"The club was neither party to this nor did the management condone it," the statement said. The release also stated that performers at the club are not allowed to touch upon royalty, royal institutions of Malaysia, or any religion. 

Fahmi Fadzil, Malaysia’s communications and digital minister has also recently warned Malaysians from posting about the 3Rs – race, religion and royal institutions. So much so he plans on amending Communications and Multimedia Act 1988 (Act 588) and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1988 (Act 589) to curb issues relating to the 3Rs.

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