Rizal’s wife received the threat on the same day that it was reported that the Crackhouse Comedy Club was vandalised by unknown individuals.
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Comedian Rizal van Geyzel had lodged a police report following death threats directed at his wife and family, believed to be connected to the fiasco involving a stand-up comedy routine at the Crackhouse Comedy Club, which he co-founded.
According to The Vibes, Rizal’s wife received threats – including profanities and warning that it is just the beginning – through her mobile number around 4.30am yesterday.
“I’ve received lots of threats before this – name calling, swear words, verbal abuse, etc – to the point I had to change my mobile number, but this is the first time this is directed at my family.
“One death threat was made previously but we didn’t make a police report as the issue was still ongoing,” Rizal was quoted as saying.
The report was lodged at Taman Tun Dr Ismail police station.
Yesterday, multiple reports surfaced that the Crackhouse Comedy Club was vandalised by unknown individuals.
This incident took place just days after Rizal was detained and investigated for sedition, following the resurfacing of his own stand-up comedy routine where he performed the routine speaking in Tamil and allegedly insulted the Malays.
Rizal is being investigated under the Sedition Act 1948 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
The videos of Rizal’s stand-up comedy routine resurfaced after a backlash from the public following a viral video of a woman claiming to be a Muslim who had memorised 15 juz of the Quran before she removed her hijab and modest clothing, revealing skimpy tight outfits during an open mic comedy skit at the Crackhouse Comedy Club on 4 June.
The woman, Siti Nuramira Abdullah, 26, had been charged under Section 298A(1)(a) of the Penal Code, which relates to deliberately causing disunity, ill will, or hatred on the grounds of religion.
She faces a two to five-year jail sentence if convicted.
Her boyfriend Alexander Navin Vijayachandran meanwhile was charged at the Petaling Jaya sessions court with two charges under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, for improper use of network facilities by making and initiating the transmission of offensive videos.
The section covers the misuse of communications networks and carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail or a fine of up to RM50,000.