A Samad Said released by police

A Samad Said.

KUALA LUMPUR - National laureate Datuk A Samad Said, who 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, has been released.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua tweeted at about 2.30 on Wednesday that the police had completed questioning the 81-year-old Bersih co-chair.

At around 1am on Wednesday, Samad tweeted, ""I am on the way to Dang Wangi now. I am being escorted by three policemen." tweeted Samad.

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.

It was reported that Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had called on Samad to turn himself into the police over the matter.Dang Wangi OCPD ACP Zainuddin Ahmad confirmed his arrest adding that he was being investigated for sedition.

Ambiga said she was shocked at the treatment meted out to the respected poet.

"Was his arrest at midnight just to take a statement truly warranted when they could have easily taken his statement tomorrow morning?

"Pak Samad is a Malaysian hero and this unnecessary harassment will earn the disgust of right thinking Malaysians although it appears the authorities care very little for what people think," she told The Star.