KUALA LUMPUR:The Malaysian Insider chief executive Jahabar Sadiq, who was released Wednesday after spending a night in the lock-up, says he can’t wait to get back to work.
Jahabar, who exited the Dang Wangi station at 12.35pm, was all smiles upon spotting journalists camped outside and asked who was joining him for lunch.
“They took all our statements very professionally. I have to thank the police for being very kind. I still don’t know why they arrested us under the Sedition Act,” he said, quipping that bail was zero and that he could now use the money to buy lunch.
Asked how he felt, he said “stinky”.
“I need a shower. I need lunch. I’m on the wrong side of the camera and microphone. I’d like to go back to being a journalist. Thank you,” said Jahabar before leaving the scene.
The Edge publisher Ho Kay Tat, who left the station at 12.30pm, also said that police and MCMC officers had treated him and Jahabar well and were “very good to us”.
“They just took our statement,” Ho told journalists from the window of his car, while police officers nearby shouted “jalan, jalan (move, move)”.
Ho and Jahabar were detained Tuesday under the Sedition Act over an article published in The Malaysian Insider last week.
On Monday, police detained the portal's managing editor Lionel Morais, Bahasa Malaysia features and analysis editor Zulkifli Sulong and Bahasa Malaysia news editor Amin Iskandar.
They were released on Tuesday after the magistrate’s court denied a remand order for the trio.
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