It is learnt that she was released from the state police headquarters at about 2.30pm, and escorted back to her home by the police.
Previously it was stated that she was taken to federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, following her arrest last night.
Tan, 33, was arrested at 8.30 last night under the Internal Security Act.
Her freedom after a 16-hour ISA detention was expected as Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar had earlier said that Tan may be released as early as today.
Speaking from Johor Baru this morning, Syed Hamid justified Tan's detention under the ISA with the reason that it was part of the government's preventive measure "to ensure her safety".
The minister claimed police intelligence have indicated that the journalist's life was under threat after she reported an Umno division leader's allegedly racist remarks.
"We have no intention of holding a reporter as after all she was just taking notes of the comments made by a certain party that led to a public debate.
"She may be released as soon as today after police have obtained all information needed," Syed Hamid was quoted as saying by Star Online.
The minister added that Selangor senior state exco Teresa Kok's arrest was linked to her comment over the mosque and the morning prayers which had allegedly "created public disorder and problems".
Syed Hamid also stressed the government was "not making arrests just for the sake of arrests."
"We will not make any more arrests under the ISA as long as there is no more disturbance to public peace and order," he explained.
No further police action?
He also asked all newspapers to cooperate with the government and not incite negative feelings or sentiments.
However the minister also did not rule out further arrests but said that further police action was "not expected".
Tan was detained in Bukit Mertajam last night as part of a nationwide ISA dragnet.
Her involvement was allegedly linked to her article which quoted Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Ahmad Ismail who sparked the ‘Chinese squatters' debacle.
Syed Hamid is also expected to hold a press conference later today at Bukit Aman. - malaysiakini
Saturday, 13 September 2008
Sin Chew reporter released
Tan Hoon Cheng was released this afternoon, 16 hours after she was arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA), and is now back at her house in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, according to Malaysiakini.