Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was released this mornng just before 10am on police bail. Radio 24 announced this around 10am. He is scheduled to have a Press Conference at his Segambut home after lunch.
But road bloks placed along many roads leading to the city caused massive traffic jams, causing office workers arriving late at their work places. It's in times like this that we need Rdio 24 giving us regular updates as it's doing now.
DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim appeared twice on prime time national television in the last 24 hours. First, the de facto leader of Pakatan Rakyat appeared live when debating with Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek on Tuesday night at Dewan Bahasa Pustaka.
Second, when he was arrested on Wednesday afternoon just about 50 metres from his home in Segambut. He was said to be on his way to Police HQ in Kuala Lumpur to make a statement in relation to the allegation that he had sodomised one of his assistants.
I had missed much of the hoo-haa but TV3 midnight news showed pictures from a Chinese newspaper of the arrest. The sight of policemen wearing ski masks (and possibly armed) when making the arrest gave a somewhat grim picture of the incident.
Anwar was said to be making his way to the Police HQ when police cars intercepted his vehicle. Anwar was told to step out of the car he was in, and ushered into one of the police heavily-tinted 4x4s and driven away.
Anwar was told to present himself to the Police HQ before 2pm, or face possible arrest. The roadside drama took place at about 12.30pm. One must assume that Anwar stood a better chance of making the 2pm deadline if he had police escorts, much like the days when he was deputy prime minister.
The scene was less dramatic than in 1978 when ski-masks policemen stormed his house in Damansara to whisk him away. To too many people, this was deja vu...
But the times, they are different. I shan't hazard a guess as to how different the reaction will be this time. The arrest will spark fresh debates in and outside the TV studios, that much I'm certain.
CNN, CNBC, BBC and Aljazeera may send additional crew members to KL to bring the drama to the world's living rooms. Watch out for repeat footages and special reports in the next few days in the world media. A page one story is not impossible.