The people are baffled on the arrest of Anwar Ibrahim today, and Raja Petra Kamarudin, who will be charged tomorrow. What is most frightening is Anwar is no ordinary bloke and if it was necessary to have hooded Police personal to arrest him, where does the man in the street stand. The fear of Police is one thing the country does not require, even a single Policeman is enough to arrest a man, you don’t have to send a battalion. Fortunately our country is not a Police state, but interested parties like our DPM, the fourth floor boys, the PM himself, and of course the Police intend to put the fear of God against those who venture to question the right and wrongs of our high placed politicians. All this manoeuvres only tend to gain the hatred and animosity of the people.
Arrest them, if you may, but don’t dramatise the arrests, the whole world knows what is happening within a few hours after the arrest.
Even the Bar council feels strongly, about the arrest. There is the sad episode of the year 1998, and this experience is relived again. I am surprised that Badawi has not made any comments yet. But Khairi the SIL is more worried about DNA. Is SIL teaching the Police what to do.
Now it is very clear why the people had to suffer for a couple of days in the sweltering heat because of Police road blocks; was this a prelude as to what would happen today. Only Hamid can reply.
Come Prime Minister, do something and show you are the boss and not the Police. Chastise them in public to show you are our leader.