KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 ― Graphic artist Fahmi Reza was released early this morning after he was detained for sedition over the sale of #KitaSemuaPenghasut T-shirts.
Fahmi said today that the police arrest did not scare him nor break his spirit in using art to fight corruption.
“You can arrest me, arrest my friends, confiscate my stuff, detain me, interrogate me, charge me, put me on trial, take away my rights and try to shut me up, but you can’t keep me down.
“No matter how hard you try to push me down, I will always rise back up,” Fahmi posted on his Facebook page.
Police approached him at the Art for Grabs event at a shopping centre here yesterday evening and according to Fahmi, they confiscated two #KitaSemuaPenghasut (We are all seditious) T-shirts and a poster of a painting of a clown.
Three others were also taken in for questioning along with Fahmi at the Sentul district police headquarters: Art For Grabs organiser Pang Khee Teik, activist Lew Pik-Svonn and artist Arif Rafhan Othman.
Fahmi said today that the authorities could go ahead and confiscate the #KitaSemuaPenghasut T-shirts and stickers and clown face sketches of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, pointing out that new ones could be printed.
“I will not back down. See all of you at Publika for the second day of #KLAB2016 today,” he said, referring to the KL Alternative Bookfest.
Fahmi is set to face two charges under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 in court tomorrow over the alleged sharing of edited images of Najib in clown makeup on social media.
Section 233(1)(a) prohibits the use of network facilities or network service to make any “comment, request, suggestion or other communication which is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person”.