KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 — Graphic artist Fahmi Reza Mohd Zarin has been called by the police to give his statement on a social media posting he made last night.

Fahmi took to Twitter to inform his followers that police officers from Bukit Aman called him today and asked that he come in for questioning this evening.

“I’ve received a phone call from Bukit Aman. It hasn’t even been 15 hours but the police have opened investigation papers under the #AktaHasutan (Sedition Act) and #AktaSakitHati for my graphic satire of a #monkey that I posted last night.

“Police have asked me to come in for questioning this evening. See you there soon,” he said in the post.


#AktaSakitHati is Fahmi’s way of referring to Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act, under which he was charged previously for postings of a similar nature.

This latest charge involves a drawing Fahmi did of a monkey in regalia resembling that worn by Rulers in Malaysia.

It comes after the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, posted a painting for sale on the Selangor Royal Office’s social media pages on Tuesday.


The painting depicts MPs from both sides of the parliamentary divide as different species of primates and frogs, but not Speaker Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun and his deputies.

“Frog” is a Malaysian euphemism for elected lawmakers who switch parties and political affiliations.