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Blogger ARRESTED! - Malaysiakini report

Malaysiakini report:

The police have arrested another blogger, Syed Azidi Syed Abdul Aziz, in Kota Baru this afternoon.


According to PAS parliamentarian Husam Musa, the blogger ( was picked up from his house.

kickdefella syed azidi syed abdul azizSyed Azidi, who works for the state government, was detained at about 5pm by a three-member plainclothes police team. His laptop was also confiscated.

Checks with his wife Bariah Ishak revealed that the popular blogger was arrested under the Sedition Act.

"The police said my husband was arrested based on a police report filed in Kuala Lumpur," she said.

The father of four will be brought to Kuala Lumpur.

Upside down flag

In a posting on his blog dated Aug 23, Syed Azidi (under the title Siasat Kickdefella Dibawah Akta Hasutan) had written that a pro-Umno website by a minister was calling for him to be investigated under the Sedition Act.

The blogger courted controversy recently after launching an online campaign to fly the Malaysian flag upside down.

The campaign had attracted the attention of the prime minister who said that the move was "despicable".

"This is uncouth behaviour, showing no respect at all for the national flag. What is there to be angry with the Malaysian flag?" he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

"If there are Malaysians who want to take up the idea that came from the pro-opposition blogger, they are insulting this important national symbol (flag)," he added.

A new crackdown on Malaysian bloggers?