Public perception of the government is at its lowest ebb and the pre-emptive arrest of Anwar has worsen the situation and made this country looked like a police state.Is there a need to arrest him in such a way and before the dateline when the man has confirmed to present himself voluntarily at the police headquarters.If he was arrested after the expiry of the dateline than nobody should blame the police.
I am not an Anwar fan nor do I believe he would be prime minister in the next few months.If indeed he tries to fortify himself from being arrested, there are other options to get him. The kind of strong arm tactic used by the police should only be used on hardened criminals and Anwar Ibrahim although a nuisance to the government is not a dangerous criminal nor is he a threat to society to be treated in such a manner.
People like me should be rejoicing that Anwar has been arrested but I am not, I am actually sad,disappointed and disgusted at the over-zealousness of the police force and disrespect for human rights and a government that has not learned its lesson.What's the point of sending balacalava-clad police commandos to arrest him, is he armed to the teeth and dangerous?
I disagree with the way Anwar runs his politiking. It has shaken the political stability of this nation and heightened the people's anger at the government but that doesn't mean he is to be treated like a criminal.The government has to carry part of the blame for the problems they have inflicted on themselves. Instead of getting to the roots of the problems and the causes of the people's grievances they have become arrogant,defensive and living in a state of denial.
Anwar Ibrahim would be foolish to refuse meeting the police as that could be construed as an act of guilt. To refuse giving samples for DNA testing is within his rights, the police can't force him to do so.The only way is to get a court order to compel him to do so if such material is crucial in the pursuant of evidence to prove or disprove the case.
To be fair to him and to satisfy public opinion such samples and all other materials should be given to an independent person or institution for testing, no government appointed doctors or government related facilities should be used to conduct such test.
As Anwar had made a report with the ACA against the IGP and the AG, it would be wise for the government to exclude these two gentlemen from getting involved in the case.An independent body comprising experts in the relevent fields should be formed to undertake the job and report directly to the Prime Minister.
In the court of public opinion the government's credibility is at ground zero, unless it takes precautionary measures to alleviate the adverse public opinion and distance itself from being accused of conspiracy to terminate Anwar's political career, this government will end up in the quagmire sooner than later.
Is our government living in paranoia ?