MALAYSIA’S POET laureate has been questioned by police under the country’s Sedition Act after reciting one of his poems in public.
A Samad Said, 76, recited his poem “Unggun Bersih” (“Net Camp”) at an event launching a political rally planned for 9 July and was brought to a police station for a 90-minute interrogation today, MalaysiaKini reports.
After meeting with police, the poet said his poetry was being treated as a weapon by the authorities and he can’t understand how it could be seen as a threat to national security.
Free Malaysia Today reports that the rally’s chairman S Ambiga was also taken for police questioning over her group’s plan to hold a rally early next month calling for electoral reform.
Ambiga refuses to apply for a police permit for the rally and criticised the arrest of other activists over the weekend, saying: “The authorities should try to engage us more, not threaten us.”
Malaysia has strict censorship laws, which cover a range of media including newspapers, television programmes and music videos.
(Hat tip to @OceanClub for this story)