PETALING JAYA: Activists Adam Adli and Hishamuddin Rais have been arrested for sedition for flying the Sang Saka Malaya flags in Dataran Merdeka on Aud 30.
Adam’s father, Abd Halim said police picked his son up in Bangsar at around 7pm while he was eating and is currently being held at the Dang Wangi police station.
"He messaged me saying that he was being investigated under the Sedition Act and that Hishammuddin Rais was also arrested. I don’t know if he will be remanded for the night or any other details now," he told The Star Online.
Dang Wangi OCPD ACP Zainuddin Ahmad confirmed that the duo had been arrested.
Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia propaganda director Edy Noor Reduanand said that members of the student activist group would gather in front of the police station tonight.
Last week, a YouTube clip of national laureate A. Samad Said reciting a poem in Dataran Merdeka while an anonymous man charged onto the stage and took away Sang Saka Malaya flags went viral.
The man also loudly stated that the Jalur Gemilang was the country’s true national flag.
His action has gained him great support in the Malaysian blogosphere where he is known as the heroic "Abang Botak".
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.
Hishamuddin and Adam were seen holding the flags in the clip.
NGOs Ikatan Rakyat Insan Muslim Malaysia (IRMM) and Pertubuhan Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia (MJMM) had lodged police reports at the Sentul police station against Hishamuddin and Samad Said for the incident on Monday.
Hishamuddin had allegedly claimed the Sang Saka Malaya was the true flag of Malaysia and that the Jalur Gemilang was a "false" flag.
IRMM president Amir Ali Hamsaa claimed that Hishamuddin had gone too far and his actions had made Malaysians angry.
"Ever since our country gained independence, we have always regarded the Jalur Gemilang with reverence. Our people have never known the Sang Saka Malaya," he said.
MJJM President Abdul Rani Kulup Abdullah said the act was an insult to the nation’s sovereignty as the Sang Saka Malaya flag was believed to have communist elements.