PETALING JAYA: Activist and graphic designer Fahmi Reza (pic) has managed to raise the RM30,000 needed to pay the fine imposed on him by the Sessions Court for posting a caricature of a national leader on social media.
He managed to hit the target at 2pm Friday (Feb 23), 18 hours after he launched the crowdfunding campaign online.
In a Facebook post, Fahmi said he had already managed to raise RM32,724.
"I didn't think that I would be able to reach the target as quick as this. I'm speechless and don't know what else to say except thank you," he said.
Fahmi, 40, whose full name is Mohd Fahmi Reza Mohd Zarin, was found guilty by the Sessions Court here Tuesday (Feb 20) for uploading an edited image of the Prime Minister on Facebook with the intention to offend.
He was charged with committing the offence on Feb 8, 2016 at 12.31pm.
Fahmi was charged under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which is punishable under Section 233(3) of the same Act.
He was also sentenced to one month's jail, although judge Norashima Khalid allowed the jail sentence to be postponed pending an appeal at the High Court.