Anwar Ibrahim has been freed and is now at home. A press conference is scheduled at 2pm, where he is expected to give his views on the events of the 24 hours.
A day after his arrest, the public is still talking about the manner the police nabbed him outside his Segambut house. For supporters and lawyers of DSAI, it was unnecessary, a display of high-handedness and a display of over-eagerness to arrest him. After all, the appointment was 2pm and he still had at least a good 30 minutes to do his own things like refreshing himself.
There was no shortage of abusive language for bloggers who merely reported the event, including this blogger. Reports were mistaken, or interpreted as views, as emotions ran high yesterday. For the police, their version is that they had to act because they feared a possible confrontation with his supporters if they had to arrest him at home. The ski masks? Their claim is that these officers were often involved in high-risked security missions and that their identities must be protected at all times. They justified that DSAI was not man handled. This is what THEY said. Not all of us would agree, of course.
Whatever the reasons, the bottom line is that plenty of goodwill has been lost. Public opinion is not with the police and government. Most Malaysians had expected DSAI to show up at the police station at 2pm, and if he failed to do so, then arrest him by all means. But let him keep his appointment.
The manner of Anwar arrest will not serve the cause of the BN. In fact, there will be more sympathies for Anwar. Politically, it wasn't a very clever move and counter productive to BN.
The statement has been taken, questions asked and DSAI has refused a DNA test, for fear of fabrication of evidence, his lawyers said. He has still not being charged for sodomy. According to the police, Anwar will have to report to the police headquarters again tomorrow. The investigations will continue, and if he is charged, Anwar deserves a fair and proper trial. It would be better if reputable international observers are invited to follow the proceedings.
Obviously, it doesn't look like it would be the end of the matter. But for KL folks going to work, they have had enough of the road blocks that have been set up for purported security reasons. Again, the police may have their reasons but this is working against the government. At a time, when Malaysians need to focus their attention on more pressing issues, the country is bogged down with more political controversies. Malaysians need to be productive, turn up for work on time, not get bogged down by jams. Worse, this political issue it has divided the nation. The general election is long over but our energy is still sapped up by fractious politics. Politicians are spending time speculating about whether Anwar is guilty or it is a government conspiracy instead of talking about how to provide food on our tables.