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PUBLISHED: Mar 6, 2015 11:16pm

Risk of legal action not a deterrence for student activists Adam Adli and Fahmi Zainol

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Out on bail pending an appeal, student activist Adam Adli says there are always risks involved in a fight against the mainstream practices. — TRP file pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 6, 2015:

The risk of getting arrested, again, will not deter student activists Adam Adli and Fahmi Zainol from joining in the #KitaLawan rally tomorrow.

Adam, 25, is already in a pickle with the law as he was sentenced to a year in prison last year for sedition charges regarding a comment he made about the results of the 2013 General Election.

Now out on bail pending appeal, Adam told The Rakyat Post that although participating in the rally might land him with another criminal charge, the thought of it did not scare him.

“I am just like any other kid who worries about his future, his education, his future employment and because of these concerns, I had tried to sit around and do nothing but study and focus on not getting into trouble.

“But I can’t. There are so many things going on in the country and if I don’t stand up and fight for the rights of the people, including mine, at the end of the day it will be my own loss.”

Just two weeks ago, the law student was detained under Section 143 of the Penal Code for participating in the weekly #KitaLawan rally outside Sogo shopping centre in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman here.

He was taken to the Dang Wangi police station before being taken to the Jinjang lock-up, where spent the night.

“There are always risks involved in a fight against the mainstream practices, but we should not be bound by fears, especially if the cause fought for is one that is for the greater good,” said Adam.

Fahmi on the other hand, despite being on a two-semester suspension from University Malaya, believed that taking part in the rally was not an offence that could leave him open to possible criminal charges.

The rally, which will be joined by Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali and PKR Member of Parliament Nurul Izzah among others, did not have the approval from relevant authorities, including the police.

“This rally is a necessity. It is not merely about (Opposition leader) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s incarceration. The rally provides a space for those who share a similar goal of reforming the country to have their voices heard.

“And besides, it’s not like I am committing a crime. I’m not stealing or causing any damage. I am merely exercising my right to voice out against the injustices taking place in the country.”

#KitaLawan is a cause formed after Anwar was sentenced to a five year prison term for sodomising his now former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan seven years ago.

The rally is scheduled to commence at 3pm tomorrow with participants expected to gather at four different points around the city before marching their way to Sogo shopping complex.

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