Crackhouse Comedy Club Vandalised With Red Paint Following Controversial Open Mic Acts
Crackhouse Comedy Club was vandalised with red paint on its signboard and posters following the controversial act performed by Siti Nuramira that is deemed insulting to Islam
Brickfields district police chief ACP Amihizam Abdul Shukor said that the incident was captured on closed-circuit television (CCTV) installed in the vicinity, reported Malay Mail.
Two men, who came in a Proton Waja, were seen splashing red and black paint at the comedy club and a Hong Leong Bank branch located next to it on Lorong Rahim Kajai 14 in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Kuala Lumpur.
Photos published by media show the staircase door next to the bank splashed with black paint while the signboard of the comedy club — which is on the second floor of the shoplot — splattered with red paint.
At least three spots were splattered with fresh paint on the signboard, with another attack hitting the outdoor unit of an air conditioner placed right above the signboard.
Media footage shows the attacks were believed to be committed by throwing several plastic bags of red paint tied with rubber bands.
The posters leading up to the comedy club on the staircase wall were also damaged, with the faces of comedians sprayed red.
CCTV footage indicated that the attacks were committed between 4.15am and 5.09am on Tuesday, 19 July
"The CCTV recording obtained has been sent to the Forensics Department for expert analysis," Amihizam said, adding that Hong Leong Bank sustained an estimated RM3,000 in damage.
The case is currently being investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code for committing mischief. If found guilty, the culprits will face up to two years' imprisonment, a fine, or both.
Amihizam said the police received complaints about the attacks by locals working in the area at 8.15am and 10.07am, and one by Crackhouse Comedy Club co-founder Rizal van Geyzel at 4.56pm.
Free Malaysia Today reported that the police are hunting down the culprits who committed the vandalism.
The attacks came after Siti Nuramira Abdullah's act at the comedy club, which saw her taking off her headscarf and other clothing to reveal a spaghetti top and tight mini skirt underneath
The 28-year-old is not a comedian by profession and was just performing during an open-mic session at the comedy club.
In a viral video, she was seen on stage with a baju kurung and headscarf saying she had memorised 15 chapters of the Quran before undressing.
She and her partner — who was charged for uploading a video of her act online — pleaded not guilty to the offences and successfully crowdfunded RM40,000 to pay for bail.
After paying the bail, Siti Nuramira was re-arrested yesterday by Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) officers as soon as she was released by the police.
Meanwhile, the comedy club co-founder Rizal was also arrested last week after a video of him touching on racial and religious sensitivities during an open mic act surfaced online.
The comedy club is currently suspended due to its licence issues.