National laureate picked up by police

National laureate picked up by police

KUALA LUMPUR - National laureate Datuk A Samad Said was picked up by police following a controversial incident where he recited a poem in the presence of several Sang Saka Malaya flags at Dataran Merdeka on August 30.

"I am on the way to Dang Wangi now. I am being escorted by three policemen," tweeted Samad, 81, who is Bersih co-chair.

Bersih co-chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan confirmed his arrest to The Star.

His lawyer Latheefa Koya said Samad was picked up from his home by police officers at around 12.30am Wednesday.

Latheefa believed Samad's arrest was connected to the Sang Saka Malaya incident.

"I am on the way to the station, so I cannot provide any more details as of now," she said.

On Monday, activists Adam Adli and Hishamuddin Rais were detained in Dang Wangi for sedition where they were shown in a viral video clip flying the Sang Saka Malaya flags while Samad recited a poem in Dataran Merdeka.

The Sang Saka Malaya is a red-and-white flag with 12 yellow stars set in four columns reportedly proposed as Malaya's national flag by an association in the 1940s.

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