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Friday, April 15, 2011

The RPK Factor

It is a measure of the iconic status of Raja Petra Kamarudin, or more popularly known as RPK, that yesterday, news about him in cyber space as well as the mainstream mass media, overwhelmed even news about the Prime Minister and the opposition leader combined.

Love him or hate him, whether you are a Barisan supporter or in the opposition camp, young or old, Malay, Chinese, Indian, liberal democrats centre-left winged or just a plain kite-in-the-wind kinda guy, you just can't escape the shower of political exuberance that RPK brings.

RPK combines the uncombine-able in the Malaysian great fight for change; for political and personal emancipation and for a semblance of societal sanity that have long since evaded this land. He is sometime brilliant; sometime broodingly introversive; sometime maniacal and almost all the time enigmatic.

I never knew the guy. He was my first ever client whom I had never met until I won a case for him! Winning his case was one of the highest, if not the highest, moment of my career. That moment is captured in RPK's Release: A Tapestry of Thoughts and Emotions.

Throughout my short association with him I have seen the man at work. I have had some insights into his mind, his steely determination and an almost child-like stubbornness which is cute and adorable as much as it is agonisingly exasperating and frustrating.

I would not be exaggerating if I said that I have seen this guy actually being prepared to die for what he believes in. There he was, in front of me, and to the absolute astonishment of his wife and other members of his legal team, telling us how he would undertake a private and absolute civil disobedient in detention which would ultimately result in his own death. Disturbing, to say the least. But that's RPK as I know him in the short time I have had the pleasure - and a lot of pressure - to act for him in his ISA habeas corpus application.

However, since yesterday, he is the greatest turncoat Malaysia has ever seen after his heavily edited interview with TV3 was broadcast by the UMNO owned TV station. He is now a vilified person. He has sold out. He did that to ensure his safe - and probably opulent - passage back to Malaysia.

Over yesterday night and yesterday, I received calls, text messages and e mails from friends and acquaintances questioning RPK's motives. Some of my close friends undoubtedly concluded that RPK has now bought his safe passage back to Malaysia. A sneak into the comments made at various web sites reporting on the TV3 interviews show  insulting comments questioning  RPK's loyalty to the  oppositions and making conclusions that he has surely sold out.

Above all, the timing of the interview is perceived to be correlated with the Sarawak state election and being so, it is viewed as a definite effort to derail Anwar Ibrahim's efforts in Sarawak.

Quite when RPK has been loyal to Anwar or the opposition is beyond me. And quite why in the mind of so many people that Anwar is THE opposition and the opposition IS Anwar are also beyond me.

As to why it is such a sin and blasphemous  to criticise Anwar while at the same time it is expected and fashionable for everyone to say bad things about the PM or UMNO people is also beyond me. Since when a fight for the betterment of the society is equated to a fight for the opposition is also beyond me.

The interview with TV3 was done a good 2 months ago in Perth. At that time, Sarawak election was way beyond anybody's guess. Of course TV3 chose to air it now. Was that RPK's choosing?

His position could well be understood if we emphatise with his plights. Here is a man asked to put some information into a statutory declaration. A statutory declaration is a statement under oath. It is made under pains of being held accountable for perjury. This guy was asked to put those information in an SD. He refused.

He was then told by some characters that the information was reliable. The informants were also men of truth and coming from members of temples of reliability. That was related to him.

It was also related to him that a document supporting what was being told to him would surface if he came into trouble for signing the SD.

Then he put the information in an SD, signed by him. Signed and sworn under oath by him.

The rest is history. He was arrested; interrogated; bundled up in a small cell with only one light bulb as a company; where he slept on the floor with some "officers" walking around slamming a tin cup on the bar to disturb his sleep; woken up in the middle of the nights for "interviews"; bundled up, blind folded and brought to Kamunting armed with a 2 year detention order signed by the then Home Minister.

WHERE WERE THOSE INFORMANTS; THOSE MEN OF HONOUR AND RESIDENTS OF THE TEMPLE OF RELIABILITY?

WHERE WERE THEY WHEN RPK WAS RECOILING ON THE CEMENT FLOOR IN SOME DUNGEON, THINKING WHETHER HE WOULD EVER EVER SEE HIS WIFE, DAUGHTERS AND GRANDKID AGAIN?

WHERE WAS THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENT WHICH WAS SURELY GOING TO SURFACE TO SUPPORT WHAT WAS BEING SAID BY HIM IN THE SD?

WHERE WERE THE PUBLIC STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT TO VOUCH WHAT WAS BEING BEING SAID BY HIM IN THE SD?

This man, who was prepared to die in detention in front of MY OWN EYES was left high and dry to fend for himself? HOW MANY OF YOU CAME TO THE COURT TO SHOW SUPPORT?

Now he had to leave the country for his own sake, and the sake of his family, his wife, his daughters and grandkid.

Ladies and gentlemen, put yourself into his shoes. Wouldn't you all be freaking pissed off with a capital "P"?

It is easy to have doubts. It is easy to make conclusions. But let me ask all those doubters this.

Do you have all the facts to form conclusions?

71 comments:

zainou said...

I don't know anymore. Perhaps a 'rational' package was offered to RPK...

Dirty politics.

Anonymous said...

RPK handled his TV3 interview VERY, VERY badly and naively. Knowing full well that TV3 will spin and cut and paste that interview to their own liking, RPK should have pre-empted that.

And RPK could have done exactly that by announcing to the whole world that he had given TV3 an interview (taking what he claims at face value that he did the interview 2 months ago) as soon as the interview was taped, and putting a transcript of what he told TV3.

This would have prevented the interview from being used for anyone's advantage.

Why he failed to do this, you have to ask him. Now it's clear that BN's played him out like a fool.

Anonymous said...

of all the places, TV3?

dont tell me this chap is so stupid..any standard 3 school student knows..

try explaining this.

juan said...

why do everyone question his actions?

is he a politician? does he need to explain to the public his actions?

are you guys on the run?

try being in his shoes. .
most wouldnt have lasted this long.

he's just a free-man fighting for what he believes is right.
regardless he's bought over or whatever conclusion is made, he does not need to answer to anybody.

give him a break.

Anonymous said...

I will give him the benefit of the doubt. There is more than meet the eye. Lets wait and see.

sang kancil

mob1900 said...

Our sentiments exactly. RPK has never lied, his SD has said he sourced the info from 'reliable' sources which was true until the ppl he trusted turned otherwise. He spoke the truth, why is he being called a 'turncoat' when we ourselves did not learn to read & understand properly (on his articles and SD)?

RPK has always told us in his articles, if we read the SD properly, the AG and Flaw-enforcement has jumped the gun and wrongfully arrested him for being the messenger. Those who're quick to dismissed him as a turncoat are BN 'closet fans' without first looking at the facts.

Thank you for reminding us the ordeals RPK & family has to go through for being, well, RPK. He should not stand alone for our cause.

KoSong Cafe said...

Being in the opposition, not necessarily as a member of any opposition party, involves personal sacrifice and thankless tasks.

RPK had single-handedly done so much to influence public opinions on politics, race, religion and social and other matters. Yet, any change in his opinions would incur the wrath of those in the opposition. This is probably the result of being too influential, otherwise any lesser beings could have jump back and forth without anyone complaining.

Time and again, TV3 and Utusan Malaysia have proven to be BN propagandists, so any involvement with them risks being manipulated to their advantage. Their objective is to exert maximum damage, regardless of facts or truth, after all they are well protected by the establishment.

RPK is of my age, and surely there comes a time when some soul-searching is necessary to assess whether what he is doing is worth his while. As I have mentioned at the start, being in the opposition and critical of the government, there is no personal advantage apart from being famous. He is not allowed to take advantage of any offer in the form of position, money or anything with value without inviting criticisms of one kind or other. So he stands to lose his freedom, risk his life and possibly that of his family members and yet cannot be rewarded in any way.

Raja Petra, I salute you for what you have done so far, and I still believe you are as honest in your opinions as well as good and decent as before.

Anonymous said...

go to hell art. your just like him

ramsey said...

This is just a suggestion as a follow up to the anonymous commentator on 15 April 2011 15:32

I think that it would be better if he announces all the interviews that he has given which have as yet to be publicised so that there is no room for any unwanted conclusions.

No doubt he is under no compulsion to do so, however....it would certainly go a long way to reduce if not eliminate all the hate mail.

Anonymous said...

Even after what is said and done bla-bla-bla, why the hell did you even agreed to do the interview with TV3 in the first place.

Nasik dh jadi bubur bro, even if you want to say something, to put out your frustration for being on the run, you should offer your interview with Malaysiakini where I'm sure it will not be spinned around like hell.

Art harun you're a fag in the same league with this foolish person ever known as RPK. I guess Turncoat is perfect word. OK, give me your fax no and I will fax you the KITA membership form.

Aku Peduli Apa @ APA said...

Bro ART,
Very well said.Wish RPK will back to his normal life.Where?
Of course here..

Blardy MamakThiew said...

RPK, a hero and a great patriot.
Malaysian are blessed everyday with someone like him.

Anonymous said...

RPK, if everybody loves u, there must be something wrong with u.

he knows what he's doing ok. even DSAI never hit him back after what RPK had said/complained about him.

If he made a mistake, so what..? now you know what tv3 is all about right? asking about RPK SD? wtf?? ask najib laa..

Hakim said...

To Anonymous @ 15:35, 15:59, 16:20

You're all f**king cowards.

Anonymous said...

Judge not lest you be judged. RPK, you deserve our salute!

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter if he hadn't known there'd be the Sarawak elections. BN knew, and had timed it to the T. He was complicit, allowed them to use him. What purpose does it serve to point out that he was merely reporting what he'd been told, in his SD? Why did he need to broadcast to all and sundry that he doesn't [now] believe Rosmah might have been there in the forest that night, overseeing the grisly matter with Altantuya? Absolving the PM and FOM. Why didn't he mention that there are the hundred and one things that still don't add up. And why does he need to announce that he's no longer seeing eye to eye with Anwar? The timing is obvious. He has been bought, no doubt.

Anonymous said...

I think RPK was a tad naive if he thought his tv3 interview will not be abused, but other than that I believe the man has been incredibly consistent with his stand right form the start. Rather than vilify him, perhaps we who support PR should think of the messages he is conveying to us. What guarantee do we have the PR (read PKR) will not screw things up??

Anonymous said...

While I will not question the motivations of the man (since I really do not know the circumstances surrounding this interview) I must conclude that he has damaged both himself and the larger cause of cleansing this country of thieves and murderers. He spoke to an UMNO mouthpiece willingly and knowingly, with little regard for the consequences. The damage has been done. Why he did what he did, is for him to say. Going by all that he has done and said all these years, I cannot say that RPK was naive and careless.

Tristan

Old Fart said...
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Old Fart said...

Well said. But it is not so much about if RPK turned turtle.

RPK is no ordinary Joe. I am sure, even as a lawyer, you'd be impressed with RPK's reservoir of knowledge and his ability to articulate it.

Writing and signing that SD, however cleverly written, relying on what was delivered to him, was foolhardy to say the least. You'd ask a whole lot more questions and would require a whole lot more evidence before you invest RM100,000 in some business adventure a friend interests you in.

Would you, Art, have signed such a SD based on the prompts and assurances RPK had been presented with? There was recklessness on his part.

Then he is quoted saying, “I no longer accept the story. I think it's quite impossible...." "I no longer accept the story!" So, for how long had he been in acceptance of the story? If I am not mistaken, until recently also he had referenced to that version of the story in entertaining his audience as well as to state his case. Only now he has stopped accepting that story? Would you have, relying on the SD, have committed yourself to repeating it and acting on the truthfulness of the story?

(Continued)

Old Fart said...

Now, RPK, is relying on everyone to have read and understood the gist of what he was committing himself to in the SD. I recall when I read it it was all hearsay. I was not prepared to repeat it. It was rather embarrassing, because beyond the SD, there was really nothing to go by. And now we know that even the so called Military Intelligent report does not exist. Did it ever exist? So convincing it must have been the schemers who probably only knew RPK better than he did himself. For RPK to now suggest that there was pressure applied on him, and somehow linking that pressure to Anwar, seems rather lame. We are not exactly talking about the ordinary Ali on the road here, or the everyday blogger or commentator like me who might be easily pressured or fooled.

RPK cannot avail himself of some of the excuses the rest of us might have to extricate ourselves from a fool-hardy adventure.

Yes I too have been an ardent supporter of his. I was there at the court in Shah Alam when he was released. I shook your hand in gratitude and thanked you and Imtiaz for a job well done. But RPK, as i said, cannot avail himself of excuses that might be open to me.

If he needed to say that he doubted the story in the SD, he should have come forth with it the moment, those who promised him support failed to deliver that support. He should have known that he was framed and outfoxed the moment he was told the Intelligent Report was destroyed and nothing was left. That was the time for him to have revealed to the rest of us his doubts about the story hatched in the SD. Instead he continued milking that story for another 2 years.

O.k, even if he only now realised that the story was a fib, he had his audience right at his very door step. Malaysia-Today. Why do we have to learn about his not accepting the story now from TV3?

O.k. he was a fool again for thinking TV3 will air the interview immediately after the interview was held 2 months ago. But he certainly kept reminding us all along that the Sarawak elections had to be held sometime this year. So there was not much time left at that time to the elections. And he has to be naive to think TV3 will not milk it for all its worth. No TV stations will definitively tell you when the interview will be aired. I have been through this myself.

No doubt he keeps saying that the interview was actually for over 1 hour and what was aired was just snippets with TV3 then rendering their summation of whatever else he might have said. So let us then see the whole of it. He should, at the very least, have had his own video running so that TV3 cannot stray too far from what was said. Not too difficult to do this when you got a smartphone!!

Of course there is also the attribution to strategy to put more pressure to investigate the Altantuya incident further. Hence the interview granted to TV3! Well, Najib is now thanking God that the truth has finally come out! So what pressure or refocusing on the Altantuya murder are we talking about?

Art, I don't doubt RPK's commitment to the Rakyat. I also don't doubt his commitment to rid the BN. Yes, I think Anwar deserves the lashing he gets from RPK too. After all RPK has often said this in his writing. But to say this to TV3 when you have no control over their editing rights as well as airing rights, by RPK, I would say, it was recklessly careless of him. And TV3 certainly milked it for all it was worth.

Hail the King said...

Dear Pete,

You don't have to swear under Quran. Many will still have full trust in you. Not the other pink lips fellow.

Anonymous said...

Frankly, the RPK factor is old news. Malaysia is moving on ahead into a new future whatever the personal views of a blogger.

The facts of the matter and decision making triggering point are very straightforward:

Anwar/Pakatan will get the vote of all right-thinking, wise Malaysians (regardless of his private failings) because he and PR will remove the socialistic, distributive shackles + corruption of the incumbent UMNO/BN.

Najib/BN will not get our vote because their policies continue to be economic burdens on our future and children's future, regardless of race or religion.

Simple as that. RPK's plans or views are irrelevant to this decision making criteria for all Malaysians.

Anonymous said...

Almost everyone is of the opinion that RPK's TV3 interview is damaging. I for one absolutely dun agree and I am with the opposition for 30+ yrs now.
No doubt they cost the opposition. But lets establish facts.
1. RPK is still with the Rakyat and with the opposition-PR
2. DNA-Altantuya is still very much alive - even more so now (live on TV3) - watch the police and what will unfold after Sarawak election
3. Critism about PR and Anwar leadership? Chastise them u must if u ever dream of winning GE13(a brave yet necessary move).PR must project collective and cohesive front failing which we cant win. Dont let BN-UMNO free bullet to break PR due to poor leadership.
4. The TV3 interview has minimal effect on Sarawak elections. Similar to the sex video. The biggest plus point is to change the focus of the print media and particularly TV3 for the last 2 days from the rubbish BN-UMNO propaganda to RPK's interview. Even the PM is not featured at all. The collateral damage is RPK. I dun think he minds as long as PR wins.

Begin to get the drift guys. We all desperately want BN-UMNO out GE13. We must do all ways(rightly or wrongly) to deceive the government lapdogs. No use playing good guy and lose elections. 54 yrs and still counting. Do you all really want to kick ou BN-UMNO or preach political morality? Just my 2 cents thot.

Anonymous said...

...Do you have all the facts to form conclusions?...

No, I don't but I do think this time round, RPK overrated himself and miscalculated.

The interview was done 2 mths ago, in between the Sydney and Melbourne's MCLM's events. My source told me that it caused much chagrin to the organisers bcos he went to Perth and didn't let anyone know. And now they know why!

I said he overrated himself bcos he thought that the interview would be such a big scoop and that TV3 would air it immediately. How naive he appears to be now.

Who makes up RPK's bank of supporters in Australia? According to my source, it's the urban and literate Chinese. Think! Think!

- MAKORANG-

Beeb said...

Altantuya or no Altantuya, RPK lied about what transpired in the said meeting at Ku Li's mansion. Period.

Anonymous said...

All of you sure know how to comment. What have you all done for the country besides complain?? Wanna make a change go out and spread it..voice it out..

I cant say if RPK has sold us out or not. But that is his choice of action. What is yours besides hiding behind the computer??


-David Tan-

Anonymous said...

oh RPK. can't live with you. can't live without you.

Anonymous said...

about the sex video leak, WHY the polis will announce the result next week after the election !!??
am just guessing : because AI not involved !!??????

Anonymous said...

"Since when a fight for the betterment of the society is equated to a fight for the opposition is also beyond me."

Well said Art! I've seen the ugly side of so called liberals. It's very ugly, they behave no better than Gang Songkok Tinggi. It's very disheartening.

Most people never spent time in lockup before. Trust me, it's no fun even for a day! So if you think you have the mettle to endure the hardship that RPK endured, than go on, judge him. If not, shut up.

Anonymous said...

RPK ........DO NOT DESPAIR. NOW you can separate the CHAFT from the wheat. I am behind you all the way RPK. TO HELL WITH TV3

GAMMA RAY

Anonymous said...

I strongly believe this is the beginning of RPK's masterstroke to get BN out come GE 13
Just mark my words.
The TV3 broadcast is definitely fuel to embark on this adventure as truth prevails
You can see the hint in RPK's article on the 'spot the spin contest'
It is easily proof and testimony of BN's propaganda
I shall await for more to unfold.

Anonymous said...

I am sad...not becaused of RPK's perceived 'sell-out' by his own supporters and believers..but I am sad because these fans just could not read between the lines.

Can't you all see that this thinly veiled message by RPK is meant to be the start of a new power play within Menara Dato' Onn (UMNO HQ to be precise)?

No doubt RPK has taken side with a certain faction in regard to internal politics within UMNO but the real objective is to signal the end of Najib's premiership.

Perhaps we could now start to do some revision in UMNO's Baru conception history and memorising names such as Tengku Razaleigh, Tun Dr Mahathir and Ketua Pemuda UMNO 1987 - (DSNajib) before we start vilifying RPK.

Anonymous said...

I have been reading RPK's articles every since it first appeared. I think even in the old sangkancil forum.

All I can say is that there is more than meet the eye.

Let's not forget that RPK is a master in mind manipulation.

peace

rob

Anonymous said...

I can not see what RPK said that he has not said or written before?
Unfortunately for Malaysia the support for Anwar is more of emotions than based on his track record, and in view of the latter RPK is right!
Anwars 'promises' have either never been delivered or are more of populist types than based on real politics and reality.
It is unfortunately a big similarity between Anwar, Taib and Najib - none of them understand when it is time to quit!
The biggest problem for PR might be to find a clean and suitable successor and leader of PR, to that I would like a suggestion from RPK?

RKKK said...

RPK, I'm with you all the way.

Cina Kedah said...

RPK did what he had to do. I respected his convictions, thinking and strategies in handling both the BN & Pakatan.

He is the only man who truly represent the RAKYAT.

He is my President, Agung @ Prime Minister. Not Anwar @ Najib.

He had sacrificed more than any politicians @ so called leaders.

I am for him all the way.

Anonymous said...

RPK is readying himself to take over Anwar Ibrahim as opposition leader and PR leader. Anyone has any issue here?

Anonymous said...

There is no doubt that RPK had sacrificed a lot.

Certainly he is not answerable to the public for his actions; he is not a politician although he is a public figure.

However by granting TV3 this interview, he had inadvertently played into BN's hand.

TV3 and the other MSM are going to cut and paste and spin his interview and replay it during the next GE.

We have to admit that there is still a large section of the population who can easily be fooled by MSM spins.

I don't blame RPK personally but I am just disappointed that BN has now another ammunition in its vast arsenal.

Anonymous said...

ok then, tell us all who the fuck instructed 2 pigs to kill aminah? and why? btw are those two dead yet?

Anonymous said...

RPK = Anugerah Tuhan

Hampa kata pi la apa pun...aku yg tak pernah 'miss' baca tulisan dia paham apa yg dia cuba sampaikan...
Wait for another C4 explosion by RPK...Praise be to Allah for sending RPK for Rakyat Malaysia...Read Read Read my fellow Rakyat Malaysia...

-Saya Mau Syahid

looes74 said...

Harun,
RPK reminds me of one Honest Jew in Singapore. His name is David Saul Marshall. He was the only JEW chief minister in Singapore
David Saul Marshall is a well intention idealist fella who believed in Rule of law & Justice. Read the history of David Saul Marshall & you would know he has done much to Singapore
However, as compared with LKY, why David has been such a failure? Why? David could have carried on to be the First JEW Singapore Prime Minister......Why LKY leads Singapore out of Malaysia to greater prosperity?
Since RPK has asked us to call us back to relearn, I suggest RPK should learn from history. Learn from the failures of great men such as David Saul Marshall.....Even one should learn mistakes from Lim Yew Hock too

Guys & Gals,
We should forget about RPK for a while. If Sarawak loses big, we should know whom to blame

Anonymous said...

RPK went into it knowingly, and he lost. Now he has people like you and Harris Ibrahim to be his apologist. When one does an interview, especially when it's requested by the TV station, in this case TV3, it is subject to a contract, which outlines the obligations of the TV station and RPK. And it is mandatory that RPK is given a copy of the interview. Since TV3 requested the interview, RPK could have insisted that he has final say in what goes to print. He didn't, now he has to pay the price for that. simple as that.

Anonymous said...

I meant what goes on air, humble apologies.

fatcat said...

if he can slip away to England and staying there for so long then you better not underestimate the guy

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you Art for refreshing us as to how RPK had suffered under detention. Wonderful and powerful writing, Art !

If one had cared to read carefully what RPK had written all this while, one would have seen how consistent he had been and what he had written in the past is as exactly what is 'revealed' now. The only thing extra was that he now no longer believes in the 'truth' of those 'facts' which the military guy had asked him to write in his SD.

When one is played out by these bunch of 'friends' who vouched to come out to support him if his life is at risk; and when one also has come to find out that the Special Military Report which is THE critical evidence had disappeared into the thin air, isn't one entitled to come to a conclusion that he no longer believes in these so-called facts for which he had stuck out his neck to help out the opposition party?

It is true that TV3 waited for the opportune moment in what they and their political masters thought was the golden time to strike at PR - during the Sarawak election. But do the East malaysians give a rat's ass about the these endless intrigues/fights among you Western malaysians? So what damage is done as far as the current election are concerned ? What are all these Anwaristas yelling about?

In fact, with the PM coming out to declare that he was 'absolved', he is now actually reviving the interest in the murder of the Monglolian lady. See the flurry of articles coming out now to ask all the unanwsered queries about the whole 'strange' case. One by Kim Quek gave a very cogent and succint run-down of the absolutely unsatisfactory way the court has dealt with this murder and much more.

Why TV3 and its masters did not immediately release this interview if they believed that the public will accept that it will absolve the PM? Why wait 2 months ? Why hesitate ? If one is accused or suspected of being involved in a most foul murder and there is evidence that will absolve you, would you wait for 2 months (or even 2 days, or 2 weeks ) to release this evident to the public to clear your name ? Strange, isn't it ?

They could twist and spin all they want but we are now in the age of the www, so we could also untwist and unspin these lies and half truths.

Don't worry about the kampung folks. They had had their brains totally 'basuh' by these MSM. This episode is just one more spin to them. Til kingdom come, they will vote the BN..... so let's not worry that their fragile minds will be harmed by this one more spin by TV3. For the past few decades, the MSM have been spinning to them , so what is one more spin ? Their minds will be forever stamped "UNTUK UMNO SAHAJA". Let us not use them as an excuse to get back at someone unfairly.

RPK, we stand by you. (Btw, this is the first time I am commenting in this blog, because I feel the need to speak up for RPK ).

Anonymous said...

A major part of Military Intelligence, any intelligence, is misinformation and feeding the wrong information to chosen individuals and ensuring that those individuals act on that information. Come on, we all know what intelligence work is all about. RPK knows that, and yet he acted without insisting on seeing a copy of that report. Indeed, Pang, Nik, Din Merican, even Anwar and Tengku Razaleigh, could have been, or indeed were, the victims of the same misinformation as RPK.
RPK's actual true character, could be one of impeccable integrity, but what cannot be denied is that he has made some errors in judgement, and thus, he should just admit that, and go on. In defending himself, he shouldn't be implicating a dozen people.
Sheesh, this so called "man of the world", who calls everyone silly, bodoh and such, is made a fool of, by a Chief Editor. RPK is blaming everyone, for his mistakes. RPK has been lecturing to the whole world and he considers himself a "know it all". He has developed a God like image of himself. The fact that he too can make mistakes, and which is now public knowledge, is something he can't accept. God can fail, but RPK can't. Speak to RPK in any subject, and he is an expert on it, and the rest of us have to listen to him, even the actual experts. The ones' that say, "don't worry RPK, we still believe you" and "RPK is a master strategist", and all that, can't make an informed and an intelligent analysis, so they make excuses, and think it's all right.
RPK wants to dictate how the opposition should be managed, perceived, he wants to control policy, etc. I fact, the whole opposition, including the Presidents of the three main parties, the committees, etc., should all sit down and listen to RPK. And he wants to control all of these, from the comfort of UK. All must follow his every word and instruction. If they don't, he uses MT to write an article criticizing them. MT is his weapon against everyone who crosses his path. Now he has another weapon, TV3. Come on, wise up to this man. If you are his true friends, make him see the error of his ways and make him change.
I have said what I should, a long time ago.

Anonymous said...

Meaning, I have said now, what I should have said, a long time ago. This is my first time commenting on blogs.

Anonymous said...

Just because RPK suffered in detention, was held under the ISA, can and has put ulamas to shame with his superior spiritual knowledge, has held his own with seven special branch officers, is fit to be the President of the world, etc. doesn't mean that we can't say he has made a mistake, this time.
Go and read history, there are hundreds of people like RPK, all over the world and they just do what they do, because that's what they are. They don't brag and don't have a blog to criticize those that run foul of them.
RPK is the one that spoke of his superior ancestory, a generation of warriors, and all that. Did his ancestors fight their battles from the comfort of some foreign land? Someone please bring to him down, from the pedestal that he has placed himself on.
After having done all that you did, and if it turns out wrong, just be man and admit it, instead of making excuses and changing your stance a dozen times.
A lot of people look up to this man, and so do I, to a certain extent, but do it for the right reasons, not without applying your minds to it first.
That's the least you owe yourselves.

Batang Berjuntai said...

Malay says: Talam dua muka.
Chinese says: Ular berkepala dua.
Indian says: "Please contribute if anyone knows"

So, apa yang dikata dahulu kala,
cuma cerita rekaan belaka?
Kerana ditipu dan dipaksa,
or menurut maklumat orang di sana?

Kalau cerita dulu disyak wasangka,
apa dicakapnya kini boleh dipercaya?
Atau ini another sandiwara?
Tepuk dada tanya selera!

Anonymous said...

Nobody can beat human ingenuity.BN got its strategy, pakatan also, RPK too.Opinion is free, consequence is not

ketuanan samseng said...

Let the file, document etc. disappear. We can still ask the Military Intelligence Colonel who filed the report. Then we can investigate that person on the actual C4 BOOM event. So far, the excuses of "no syuch file" are childish.

Anonymous said...

RPK is not running away from the law. Can you imagine RPK living a life behind bars, to defend a cause or fight for a principle. Nah, he will miss his cigars too much. He has to be the centre of attention all the time, if he isn't at the centre of attention, he will loose interest. Actually, he is just ensuring that he leads the luxurious life, that he so much wants. He has no fixed income, or known source of income, and yet he has stayed in the UK for more than year and living in the UK is unlike living in Cambodia, he travels and stays in places like Australia, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, etc, Bali, Bangkok, etc. And he has a family to maintain too. he says that he made money in business, 20 years' ago, and he wants us to believe him.
It's common knowledge that his aunties, uncles, cousins, etc. in Malaysia, are discussing ways to bring him home to Malaysia.
Surely he must have had help from high placed individuals, in Malaysia, to leave the country, and also some people must have negotiated with high placed persons' in UK, before he flew in.
That is basic common sense. It is obvious that these individuals must have extracted certain assurances for themselves, from RPK, before they helped them, that he will further their cause for them. Anyone who knows how these things work, will know what I am referring to. And his supporters think that he is an independent thinking person. THINK AGAIN.
RPK is a survivor and he wants to survive in luxury.
Oh, don't be mistaken, he is a nice chap, as nice as Tun Dr.Mahathir actually, if he gets his way.

Anonymous said...

Just because RPK suffered in detention, was held under the ISA, can and has put ulamas to shame with his superior spiritual knowledge, has held his own with seven special branch officers, is fit to be the President of the world, etc. doesn't mean that we can't say he has made a mistake, this time.
Go and read history, there are hundreds of people like RPK, all over the world and they just do what they do, because that's what they are. They don't brag and don't have a blog to criticize those that run foul of them.
RPK is the one that spoke of his superior ancestory, a generation of warriors, and all that. Did his ancestors fight their battles from the comfort of some foreign land? Someone please bring to him down, from the pedestal that he has placed himself on.
After having done all that you did, and if it turns out wrong, just be man and admit it, instead of making excuses and changing your stance a dozen times.
A lot of people look up to this man, and so do I, to a certain extent, but do it for the right reasons, not without applying your minds to it first.
That's the least you owe yourselves.

Anonymous said...

The RPK Factor is our country's
X-Factor :)

How quaint to think him naive
like that of a hedgehog crossing the hi-way.
Or that he is 'buy-able' after all the sacrifices he had endured and continues to endure in his unwavering fight against corruption and injustice.

He also has to endure the fact that his enemies out there are also at times us :(

Baharom said...

Thank you Art for bringing sense to the Rakyat.

Now, let's relate the story of Moses and a learned servant of Allah....

Moses wanted to follow the learned man and after several lamentations, the learned man agreed provided Moses be patience and not criticised his actions. But Moses were impatient on 3 occassions that ended their quest together.

Moral of the story. men especially malaysians are impatient lots. I believe RPK is honest and true in his quest for justice and betterment for malaysians. Allah knows best but we must learn to be patient and not jump to conclusion at every turn.

Anonymous said...

Today is the beginning of the most important week, the Holy Week, the week in which Christians reflect how Jesus was betrayed, captured, tortured, died, buried and resurrected.

When we look back at what has been happening these few days, it's not hard to notice the coincidence - especially the betrayal part - where Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, just like how RPK has betrayed the Rakyat of Malaysia, for whatever BN is paying him.

RPK, just like Judas, has sinned.

No matter how his supporters want to whitewash the whole thing, the damage has been done. The future of Rakyat Malaysia has been sacrificed.

I am not a vengeful person. I do not wish what happened to Judas happens to RPK.

However, I do sincerely wish that God can provide RPK a chance to redeem himself, that he stops all activities that hurt the Rakyat of Malaysia.

Anonymous said...

Loose74,

Were you one of them who were ooh and aah for the "Third Candidacy" idea?

I found many of your postings supporting MCLM on various blogs.

If you wish to, I can even link them back to you.

donplaypuks said...

In recent months, time and time again RPK has provided UMNO/BN a lifeline when he in fact should be turning the screws to rid the nation of an amoral and absolutely corrupt leadership.

Such crucial errors of judgement cast serious doubts on RPK's position as the leading voice of the nation for permanent change for the better. He has had more than sufficient time to rectify the perception created by his SD that the Rosemajibs have everything to answer for in Altantuya's murder.

There's little point in him saying that if Pakatan doesn't get its act together then it will be any 50 years before UMNO/BN can be unseated and then doing and saying much to undermine Pakatan.

At a crucial juncture like this, RPK has to take the side of Pakatan, stick to the plan and protect his sources regardless or be vilified by those who have great expectations from him!

dpp
we are all of 1 Race, the Human Race

Rocky Bru said...

I challenge Art Harun to respond to these points, if he is truly honest and balanced and is willing to go beyond being just a cheerleader for RPK as he has done in this article.

Prove to us that you have the faculty for critical analysis:


* Why do you think RPK chose TV3 which everyone knows government-owned and is a spin machine rather than Malaysiakini Video + Malaysia Today + The Malaysian Insider? Will you admit RPK either made a mistake or was up to something fishy? Will you admit that possibility or not?

* In the interview it is very, very clear that RPK said "saya tidak percaya cerita ini lagi" (referring to Rosmah being involved in the C4 detonation). This bit of the interview WASN'T manipulated. In whatever context you put it, it means that RPK doesn't believe the Rosmah story anymore (note: "lagi"). This shows that RPK believed what he now says is 'hearsay' by Col. Azmi all this while, and RPK was so gung-ho about this 'hearsay' for the past 2 years -- until now. Sarawak elections time. Why this timing? Could you critically assess why Art?

*Why do you think RPK so secretive about this interview in Perth (so much so that even Haris Ibrahim also didn't know about it)? RPK was shown walking romantically by the seaside in Perth with a known enemy like TV3s chief editor (who is a wild pro-UMNO blogger) and giving them 1 hour interview. Why not keep it professional and direct? Why the romantic acts? RPK now proudly says he gave a puny 13-minute interview with Radio Australia. Why no video interview for Malaysiakini?

* If he didn't do it for a kickback or to save his son or whatever favor, why can't RPK or anyone else just admit he made a big-time tsunami-level mistake? Why is he and all hsi supporters trying to twist words and do gymnastics to defend what is indefensible? Why has he no honesty and balls to just admit he made a massive mistake? What do you think about this, Art Harun?

* Even if his TV3 interview was spinned, why on earth must an independent organisation like MCLM focused on the rakyat stick its neck out for one man so religiously and destroy its reputation? Is MCLM RPK's personal tool and weapon? Read this piece in the Malaysian Insider called 'Is MCLM an RPK Fan Club?'. Any comments, Art Harun?

* MCLM spoke for 30 minutes to defend RPK in their press conference. Why didn't MCLM even spend 10% of the time to at least say something to the Sarawak voters to vote wisely? Now tell me: MCLM is serving whose interests? RPK's or the rakyat's? Does RPK deserve to be the chairman of MCLM if he is a liability and if MCLM is meant to be an uncontroversial organisation focused on the people's rights and the people's rights only?

Let's hear it from you, Art.

Be a man. Show us you are a man capable of just writing a one-sided article.

Me Again said...

I challenge Art Harun to respond to these points, if he is truly honest and balanced and is willing to go beyond being just a cheerleader for RPK as he has done in this article.

Prove to us that you have the faculty for critical analysis:


* Why do you think RPK chose TV3 which everyone knows government-owned and is a spin machine rather than Malaysiakini Video + Malaysia Today + The Malaysian Insider? Will you admit RPK either made a mistake or was up to something fishy? Will you admit that possibility or not?

* In the interview it is very, very clear that RPK said "saya tidak percaya cerita ini lagi" (referring to Rosmah being involved in the C4 detonation). This bit of the interview WASN'T manipulated. In whatever context you put it, it means that RPK doesn't believe the Rosmah story anymore (note: "lagi"). This shows that RPK believed what he now says is 'hearsay' by Col. Azmi all this while, and RPK was so gung-ho about this 'hearsay' for the past 2 years -- until now. Sarawak elections time. Why this timing? Could you critically assess why Art?

*Why do you think RPK so secretive about this interview in Perth (so much so that even Haris Ibrahim also didn't know about it)? RPK was shown walking romantically by the seaside in Perth with a known enemy like TV3s chief editor (who is a wild pro-UMNO blogger) and giving them 1 hour interview. Why not keep it professional and direct? Why the romantic acts? RPK now proudly says he gave a puny 13-minute interview with Radio Australia. Why no video interview for Malaysiakini?

* If he didn't do it for a kickback or for some kind of favor, why can't RPK or anyone else just admit he made a big-time tsunami-level mistake? Why is he and all his supporters trying to twist words and do gymnastics to defend what is indefensible? Why has he no honesty and balls to just admit he made a massive mistake? What do you think about this, Art Harun?

* Even if his TV3 interview was spinned, why on earth must an independent organisation like MCLM focused on the rakyat stick its neck out for one man so religiously and destroy its reputation? Is MCLM RPK's personal tool and weapon? Read this piece in the Malaysian Insider called 'Is MCLM an RPK Fan Club?'. Any comments, Art Harun?

* MCLM spoke for 30 minutes to defend RPK in their press conference. Why didn't MCLM even spend 10% of the time to at least say something to the Sarawak voters to vote wisely? Now tell me: MCLM is serving whose interests? RPK's or the rakyat's? Does RPK deserve to be the chairman of MCLM if he is a liability and if MCLM is meant to be an uncontroversial organisation focused on the people's rights and the people's rights only?

Let's hear it from you, Art.

Be a man. Show us you are a man capable of writing more than a one-sided article.

art harun said...

Dear the person-who-wishes-to-be-known-as-Rocky-Bru-but-is-not-in-fact-Rocky-Bru;

Firstly, you ask me to "Prove to us that you have the faculty for critical analysis".

Boss, I am the last person you ought to ask to prove my "faculty for critical analysis". I got an aggregate of 27 for my LCE (later, SRP and now PMR, I think). I am also an MCE (later and now, SPM) 2nd grader. Clearly I do not have much faculty for critical analysis.

Secondly, on your questions:

1) why did RPK choose TV3.

Answer: I do not know. How could I know why? Ask him. If I could hazard a guess, perhaps he did so to obtain the maximum exposure as everything that he wrote all these years have fallen on deaf ears.

2)Why only now RPK say he doesn't believe the story anymore?

Answer: Again, I do not know. Perhaps because the report has failed to surface although it was promised that it would surface.

3)Why do you think RPK so secretive about this interview?

Answer: Again, I do not know.

4)why can't RPK or anyone else just admit he made a big-time tsunami-level mistake?

Answer: How the hell would I know? Do you want me to "admit" that he made a mistake? Okay, I admit. He makes a mistake. How does that help? LOL!!

5)why on earth must an independent organisation like MCLM focused on the rakyat stick its neck out for one man so religiously and destroy its reputation?

Answer: I figgin do not know. I am not a member of MCLM. I happen to be a good fiend of Harris and Imtiaz but I AM IN NO WAY RELATED TO MCLM. I do not know their motivation nor do I care. Ask Harris.

6)Why didn't MCLM even spend 10% of the time to at least say something to the Sarawak voters to vote wisely?

Answer: Please see my answers to the above.

By implications, you accuse RPK of being a sold-out/turncoat. That is a serious allegation to make about a person's character. It is for you to prove your allegations and not for anybody else in this world to disprove your allegations.

Why don't you instead be a man and prove your allegations instead of asking me to answer questions the answer for which would not be within my knowledge.

You see, you miss the whole point of my article. I did not set out to be a cheerleader for RPK. Who am I to cheer for RPK let alone be his cheerleader?

What I set out was an insight into RPK's commitment as I saw it before my very own eyes.

I also asked my readers to emphatise with what RPK went through especially taking into consideration the fact that he did not receive the support which he was promised.

Then I asked the readers not to make conclusions without knowing the whole facts.

However, if you could prove your allegations that he has sold-out, that would be good for all and sundry.

Lay it out Brother.

I Wish I Was Rocky Bru said...

Art says: "By implications, you accuse RPK of being sold-out/turncoat. That is a serious allegation to make about a person's character."

----> Art, first of all, learn to spell ("implication", not "implications").

Second, show me any sentence or phrase where I "accuse RPK of being sold-out/turncoat" (again, bad grammar, Art, you forgot the "a" after "being").

Nowhere have I accused or made serious allegations, anywhere above, as YOU now accuse me (which is serious).

I laid bare the possibilities: RPK could have made a destructive mistake, if not, he could have been up to something fishy, etc.

There are equal possibilities to all of this, given the current state of knowledge, which, as I and you now agree, we "don't know".

Agreed, Art?

So he could have been up to something fishy, or he could have disastrously blown whatever "hero strategy" he may have had for "extra exposure" (as if).

Agreed, Art?

So how can you be so quick to praise RPK instead of asking readers to make a cautious assessment of what RPK's intentions were and the consequences are?

Here's where you are caught with your pants down, Art.

We know you love RPK, but be less lopsided and be more honest with us readers, please.

art harun said...

Ahah, so you are now Mr I Wish I Was Rocky Bru instead of Rocky Bru eh? Wow, I admire your "chameleonic" existence.

Oh, and yes, thank you for correcting my grammar and spelling. As I told you, I got an aggregate of 27 for my LCE and a 2nd grade for my MCE.

You see, I have never set out to say this and that. I set out to put forth what I had seen RPK doing and I asked my readers to emphatise with him after setting out what he went, and is still, going through.

There are of course two, or even more, ways at looking at things. Each to his own. When it comes to belief, which is intangible, oen is left to one's own judgement.

I set out facts which I knew and my own observations which my readers are at liberty to take into considerations. I don't set out to prove that other people are wrong or correct nor do I ask for support for my stance/position.

Have I been caught with my pants down? If you think so, then so be it. Because really, my underwear is quite interesting to look at anyway.

You know I love RPK? Hahahah...good for you then.

RON97 said...

Bro, you said Raja Petra was asked to put some information on an SD. Unless Allah SWT told him and to do it and Raja is very religious, which mangkuk lah would sign a SD based on hearsay?

Why does he wanna be a reckless dumbo to volunteer except that person has grand delusions of being the ultimate saviour of Malaysia? It is this delusionary behaviour of Raja Petra that landed him in ISA and jail, driven to inches of his life.

I think he must have realised his stupidity in his cell. But to admit it and tone down would mean an admission of his stupidness and recklessness. And that would mean an instant loss of credibility, Malaysia Today losing customers, bla bla bla.

So what was the only other option left to this pitiful man? Why, maintain full course with the macho bravado, of course, until today, when finally he did himself in by going to TV3 and saying "mustahil Rosmah boleh masuk hutan untuk adegan letupan C4".

These last 2 years, where his "mustahil" went, no one knows. Mungkin he could have been milking the Altantuya thing by being quiet and hoping the negative perception on Rosmah would collapse BN. Mana tau lah kan? Unfortunately that didn't happen. Now suddenly he wants to say "mustahil".

Like you said bro, we all should feel pity for the plight RPK had brought upon himself.

We shouldn't feel anger for him. Just a lot of sympathy. You and I and many others thought he is willing to go through hell to save Malaysia.

Despite his lofty intentions, unfortunately, he was just being a bit too reckless of a fool, sad to say. Reckless pun kena pandai-pandai reckless lah kan? Trying to be hero who can do no wrong and reckless is gonna land you in trouble some day. Like the Malay saying, sepandai-pandai tupai melompat, akhirnya akan jatuh ke tanah juga.

I hope everything will be okay for him.

Anonymous said...

this raja mani, is an attention seeker,without it he will mati.so he will do anything to shift attention 2wards him.bet u b4 u know it he will be back home.ag will alter the charges, n he will come home to face it.at last freedom with alot money.any way what is the motive of altantuya murder,even if he dont perchaya that the pm wife was not there.oi raja manikam u ini satu lagi AUTA.

Magnum Opus said...

Yes, Art, I would be Pissed if I were RPK.
And it would be the most human and natural thing to want vengeance on those who wronged me.
What I do not understand is his choice of target for his venom. If I read it right (hard to tell these days with him), the bad guys were people acting to push Tengku Razaleigh's cause. So why not go after them instead of Anwar or the Opposition?

Anonymous said...

And you know what? you are condoning his actions means that's ok to lie.So,all what he had written were mere lies...then that makes him the greatest liar in the world and you his defender.....Great Art...you are a great lawyer too???

Anonymous said...

Best of all is this,

RPK suddenly comes out and says "mustahil Rosmah terlibat, masuk hutan letupkan".

Where was his "mustahil" before when people were talking left and right that Rosmah was involved?

Why he decided to shut up then, instead of defending Rosmah for the sake of the truth?


It's because RPK is someone who is passive liar. A passive liar doesn't lie with words. He lets a lie take its effect by keeping quiet. He was hoping the "Rosmah C4" talk would collapse BN. It didn't work. And now for some strange motive, he comes out in full force to say "mustahil Rosmah terlibat".

This is the gist of it.

We shall never rely on this type of dishonest "hero" for our political emancipation in Malaysia.

We rakyat will forge it with all the other avenues available to us.

Just like the Egyptians say, "our revolution is the people's revolution -- we don't have any leader or hero".

P.S. Another suspicious thing --- why does RPK hold a corrupted tyrant like Mahathir in high regard and claims to be in communication with him? Something for a maverick investigative journalist to uncover.

Jeyan65 said...

Rpk was adored because he was the hero that we ourselves did not have the balls to be. As all heroes , the had to be a cause and we believed that was to make Malaysia great again by ridding the country of a corrupt, incompetent Govt that does not play fair and is arrogant. We had a feeling that RPK was happy to be that hero. As all heroes bad things happen including betrayal. Despite these things , a hero is always true to the cause . Though we can understand that he had been let down by some people, what he has done has done major damage to the cause. We r just sad that rpk's action has shown that he is mo hero but a mere mortal like u and me. We have to wait for a hero like Mandela to come and help us rid ourselves of this evil govt. I'm the meantime we have to do our own bit by doing the right thing at the ballot box

Anonymous said...

What about the collatoral damage of the RPK political game on people like Din Merican and John Phang. They have been investigated by the Police recently. Art, aren't concerned about these people who are non-politicians?