Singaporean grindcore trio WORMROT were arrested in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the night of New Year's Eve, following a successful performance at the Rumah Api venue with ASILENT.
The bands had returned to their hotel after the show to get some rest, when their room was raided by the local state's religious department, and the group was arrested and taken to the local police station.
WORMROT have released the following statement:
"New Year's Eve show in Kuala Lumpur was AWESOME!!! Thought we could rest after the show before heading back to Singapore the next day... SO WRONG. We were detained in two police stations for two hours since 3am by the JAIS - Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Selangor Islamic Religious Department) after they raided the hotel we were staying at, because of the Islamic law stating that unmarried Muslim men and women are not allowed to be in one room. There were seven of us (four boys and three girls) in that room getting ready to chill downstairs at the lobby... They tried to fine us 3000RM ($950 USD) each as well if our organizer didn't call his lawyer, bail us out and the fact that we are foreigners. All I can say is, AWESOME show, great food, and being detained in the police station... Damn! What a way to start 2012!"
Despite the unfortunate incident, WORMROT hold no grudges against Islam and still love the Malaysian metal scene and fans;
"Please do not think badly of the religion. Every religion is peaceful. In every religion, there's always some people who are extremists. Don't condemn the religion just because of these jokers. Multi-racial, multi-culture with the same interest - music."
Read the full, detailed account on WORMROT's blog at http://wormrot.tumblr.com
See WORMROT on tour at the following shows:
Jan. 14 - Bekasi, Indonesia
Jan. 17 - Bali, Indonesia
Jan. 20 - Surabaya, Indonesia - Decimation Fest at GSG Unair
Jan. 21 - Malang, Indonesia - Fast Fest at Denpal Hall
Jan. 22 - Semarang, Indonesia
Jan. 23 - Klaten, Indonesia
Jan. 24 - Solo, Indonesia
Jan. 25 - Magelang, Indonesia
Jan. 27 - Bandung, Indonesia
Jan. 28 - Cipanas, Indonesia - Villa Damar Indah
Jan. 29 - Sukabumi, Indonesia - Hip Hop Cafe