Crackhouse Comedy Club owner files police report after family receives death threats

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Crackhouse Comedy Club co-owner Rizal van Geyzel filed the report at Taman Tun Dr Ismail police station at around 5 p.m. for police to ensure the safety of his family. — Photo by Saw Siow Feng

By Ashley Young

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 8:39 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 – Rizal van Geyzel, co-owner of the Crackhouse Comedy Club, today filed a police report for death threats against his family, in response to recent episodes involving stand-up comedy routines in the venue .

According vibrationRizal said his wife received death threats via her mobile number around 4.30am today.

“I have already received many threats – name-calling, swearing, verbal abuse, etc. – to the point that I had to change my cell phone number, but this is the first time this has been directed at my family.

“A death threat was made before, but we didn’t file a police report as the issue was still ongoing,” Rizal said.

Rizal also reportedly said he believed “this is just the beginning” of further intimidation directed at his family.

Rizal dropped off the report at Taman Tun Dr Ismail police station around 5 p.m. for the police to ensure the safety of his family.

His comedy club, also located at Taman Tun Dr Ismail, was splattered in red and black paint earlier today.

On July 14, Rizal was arrested for questioning at Dang Wang District Police Headquarters over old comedy sketches that were reported to authorities as an insult to Islam and offensive to the Malay community.

Since the videos resurfaced and went viral, Rizal has been the subject of a slew of police reports against him.

It has previously been reported that an Islamist group filed police complaints against Rizal in Johor Baru and Shah Alam.

vibration also reported that the information chief of the non-Malaysian wing of the Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Party, S. Gobi Krishnan, also deposed a journalist against Rizal, allegedly for speaking in Tamil to insult Malays.

Malaysian-Muslim and Islamist groups such as the vigilante Semboyan Malaysia Consumers Association had also threatened to protest outside the club’s premises unless authorities permanently shut down the comedy business.

The comedy club has been in the news since a video of a woman Siti Nuramira Abdullah performing at the club deemed insulting to Islam went viral.

Nuramira has since been charged with inciting religious hatred under Section 298A(1)(a) of the Penal Code and is currently out on bail, but will face a separate charge in Sharia court tomorrow .

Her boyfriend, Alexander Navin Vijayachandran, has been charged under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998 for “misuse of network facilities or services”.

The club has been temporarily suspended by order of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), claiming the club was operating under an improper permit.

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