Controversial graphic designer, Fahmi Reza will be investigated by the police following the publication of a modified poster depicting the Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad.
The investigation was following a police report by Perak UMNO Youth for allegedly having elements of defamation, inciting hatred and deliberately tarnishing the image of the Perak Menteri Besar.
Perak police chief, Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the investigation paper has been filed and the department will call in several individuals to assist with the investigation.
“We’ll call Fahmi and other individuals to testify.
“The investigation is conducted in accordance with Section 504 of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” he said.
Previously, a viral poster displaying Saarani with the caption ‘we have provided sardines, don’t ask for chicken’ was uploaded on Facebook and Twitter.
The poster is believed to have been uploaded by social media user, Fahmi Reza which later led to criticism and insults from other social media users, including ones claiming that the Perak Menteri Besar was arrogant on the issue of giving smartphones to poor students in the state.
Prior to this, Fahmi Reza had also been arrested several times and investigated by the police due to the spread of posters or graphic designs that were impolite.
On April 24, he was released on police bail after being detained and testified regarding the investigation into allegations of sedition. It was following a police report regarding a post on Fahmi Reza’s Facebook account which was found to insult the Raja Permaisuri Agong.
The post had a picture of the Raja Permaisuri Agong with the words ‘This is dengki ke?’ (Is this envy?).
Fahmi Reza or real name, Fahmi Reza Mohd Zarin was detained by a team from the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department to be investigated under Section 4 (1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.