PETALING JAYA: Graphic artist and activist Fahmi Reza has been blacklisted and barred from leaving the country.
Fahmi said he found out yesterday he was on the immigration blacklist and barred from renewing his passport.
“The immigration department said the ban was placed by Bukit Aman,” he said in a Twitter post.
He said he had plans to travel to Europe in May for a theatre show and was attempting to get clearance from Bukit Aman before his flight.
“If a criminal who has been convicted of 42 charges of corruption can get clearance to go abroad, I hope Bukit Aman can grant me clearance just this once,” he said, adding that there should be no “double standards”.
Yesterday, Fahmi was called up by police for the second time this month. However, the reason for the summon is unknown.
Earlier this month, he had been called up over a satirical drawing showing an ape in headgear and yellow attire, similar to the one worn by royalty, which he uploaded on social media.
He was arrested by Bukit Aman in a sedition probe over the graphic, before being released the next day.
Last month, he was charged in the sessions court with insulting PAS by posting a picture on Facebook linking the party with alcohol. He pleaded not guilty.