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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Cops to quiz MP, activists over Fahmi Reza solidarity gathering


Dang Wangi police have summoned Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil, Suaram activist Sevan Doraisamy and former student activist Wong Yan Ke for questioning.

All three were among those who gathered outside the Dang Wangi district police headquarters last Saturday (April 24) in solidarity with Fahmi Reza after the artist-activist was detained overnight.

According to Wong, the police contacted him this afternoon and said they were investigating them under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

“He (the officer) said he has a list of attendees who will be called for investigation,” he told Malaysiakini.

When contacted, Fahmi Fadzil said he will cooperate with the police probe.

“Yes, the police contacted my office, asking me to go to Dang Wangi to record a statement regarding my presence outside the Dang Wangi district police headquarters on the day Fahmi Reza was released from remand.

“I have not been given more info than that,” he added.

Fahmi Fadzil clarified that he did not give any speeches during the gathering.

Sevan similarly confirmed that the police contacted his office today over the solidarity gathering for Fahmi Reza.

As he was not around during the call, the Suaram executive director was unsure if they wanted to question him over his presence at the April 24 gathering or the April 23 candlelight vigil.

Malaysiakini has contacted Dang Wangi district police headquarters chief Mohamad Zainal Abdullah for comment.

Police arrested Fahmi Reza last Friday to investigate a jealousy-themed Spotify music playlist he made which featured Raja Permaisuri Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah on the cover.

He was later released after being detained overnight.

The playlist was entitled “This is Dengki Ke?”, which alludes to a comment the Queen allegedly made in response to a netizen on Instagram.

The Bukit Aman Classified Criminal Investigation Unit is probing Fahmi Reza under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

His arrest was criticised by NGOs like Bersih, the Centre for Independent Journalism and Amnesty International Malaysia as an attempt by the authorities to silence dissent. - Mkini

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