A. Samad Said detained for making seditious remarks


KUALA LUMPUR: National laureate Datuk A. Samad Said has been detained for making seditious remarks on Merdeka Day eve celebrations.

Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commissioner Zainuddin Ahmad confirmed the arrest and said that the 72-year-old was being brought to the headquarters.
A. Samad would be questioned on a YouTube clip that has been circulating on social media sites which showed him reciting poetry and a man charging onto the stage and grabbing a few Sang Saka Malaya flags placed nearby on the eve of Merdeka Day.
He also tweeted at 12.46am via his tweethandle, @asamadsaid, that he was being escorted by three policemen.
"Saya dalam perjalanan ke balai polis Dang Wangi. Saya dibawa 3 anggota polis. (I am on my way to Dang Wangi police station. I am being brought there by three policemen)"
Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had urged A. Samad to face the music for "challenging" the law.
On Monday night, activists Hishamuddin Rais and Adam Adli And Halim were detained at the Dang Wangi District Police Headquarters for allegedly carrying the Sang Saka Malaya flag during the eve of Merdeka celebration.
They were detained under the Sedition Act and Section 505B of the Penal Code for statement conducing to public mischief.

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