PENANG: Sept 13, 2008
GEORGE TOWN: Sin Chew Daily News reporter Tan Hoon Cheng told her parents that she was fine and that they need not worry.
The journalist who was arrested under Section 73(1) of the Internal Security Act 1960 at her home in Bukit Mertajam on Friday night was allowed to see her parents for about 15 minutes Saturday morning.
Tan was detained at the state police contingent headquarters here for about eight hours before being driven off in an unmarked SUV (Naza Sorento) at about 8.30am.
According to state police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Ayub Yaacob, she would be sent to the Bukit Aman Police Headquarters.
Her parents, Tan Booi Siam and Khor Ah Heok, arrived with their son Weng Khian at the headquarters in Penang Road at about 7am.
Penang Chief Minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, state PKR chief Datuk Zahrain Mohd Hashim and several state executive councillors arrived soon after.
Also present were the Chinese daily’s management staff.
Only Tan’s father and mother were allowed to see her. They had brought some dumplings for her breakfast.
Khor, who looked calm despite her red, puffy eyes, said she told her 32-year-old daughter that her family, colleagues in the media and society were strongly supporting her.
“I was happy to see her. She told us not to worry and that she had been treated well while under detention.”
Her brother Weng Khian, 35, said his sister was “brave” and that the family would stand by her.