THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
The Star, Bernama, Utusan Malaysia and many Umno websites are going to town with the ‘news’ that I have turned my back on the opposition and am now whacking the opposition by saying that it is not fit to rule the country.
Actually this is an old story. I have in fact been whacking the opposition long before there was even an opposition coalition called Pakatan Rakyat. And to demonstrate what I mean, please see the following articles and the dates they were written.
1 November 2001 Welcome to the Real World http://www.freeanwar.net/articles/article011101b.htm
26 November 2001 KeADILan’s true colours revealed - which is a shade of UMNO http://www.freeanwar.net/articles/article251101.htm
4 September 2002 Don’t cry for me Reformasi http://www.freeanwar.net/articles2002/article040902.htm
1 November 2002 The right NOT to listen http://www.freeanwar.net/articles2002/article011102.htm
15 November 2003 Why the non-Muslims oppose PAS’ Islamic State concept http://www.freeanwar.net/July2003/facarticles151103.htm
8 December 2003 Ibrahim Ali: Prince of frogs, but certainly no Prince Charming http://www.freeanwar.net/July2003/facnews081203.htm
12 February 2004 The writings were on the wall, but why did we not act early enough? http://www.freeanwar.net/feb2004/Harakah_120204.htm
19 February 2004 Keadilan knows nuts about psychological warfare http://www.freeanwar.net/feb2004/facnews190204.htm
26 February 2004 “Justice must not only be served; it must also be seen to be served” http://www.freeanwar.net/feb2004/facnews260204.htm
10 March 2004 Crowds don’t translate to votes http://www.freeanwar.net/Mar2004/Harakah_100304.htm
3 April 2004 The wakeup call that did not wake us up http://www.freeanwar.net/April2004/Harakah_030404.htm
The above are just some of the articles over the last ten years or so. And these were only the ones published in the Free Anwar Campaign website. There were many more that were published in the PAS newspaper, Harakah, all equally uncomplimentary to the opposition.
Since 2000, just a few months after the 1999 general election, I had been very brutal towards the opposition. In the run up to the 2004 general election I became even more vocal. Nevertheless, the opposition remained complacent and continued to live in denial mode and in the 2004 general election they got massacred like General Custer at Little Bighorn.
That was when I decided to launch Malaysia Today and soon after that I resigned from the PKR party newspaper, Seruan Keadilan, to go ‘independent’. I had given up trying to tell the opposition what they are doing wrong and what they should be doing instead.
Then, a few months later, some friends mooted the idea of launching the Malaysian Civil Liberties Society (MCLS). Unfortunately, since 2004 until now, the MCLS never saw the light of day because the Registrar of Societies (ROS) blocked its registration.
I never thought PAS and DAP would ever agree to go to bed together. At best we may see a 1990 situation where Semangat 46 formed an electoral pact with DAP called Gasasan Rakyat and a separate electoral pact with PAS called Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (APU).
In short, there was one electoral pact on the west coast and another on the east coast, but no opposition coalition in the real sense of the word.
Therefore it made sense that we continue the struggle for reforms outside the political party platform (since the opposition itself refused to unite under a coalition) and instead band together under a civil liberties movement called the MCLS.
Six years on and the MCLS stayed buried. It appeared like there would be no way we could get this thing going in Malaysia. The only way we could get it done would be to do it outside Malaysia where civil rights and civil liberties are respected -- thus the idea to launch the MCLS in the UK instead of Malaysia.
However, so as to not confuse people, we decided to call it the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) instead of the MCLS so that we will not be accused of stealing or hijacking the MCLS illegally. And this would happen if suddenly the ROS turns round and approves the MCLS application.
So, point number one: I have been whacking the opposition since the last ten years (even on Anwar Ibrahim’s website, Free Anwar Campaign, and the PAS party newspaper, Harakah) so why make a bid deal about it now?
Point number two: The MCLM was an attempt to continue the struggle for reforms outside the political party platform and this was something we started six years ago (in 2004) and before there was even an opposition coalition called Pakatan Rakyat (which was formed four years later in 2008).
So the MCLM came first (in the form of the MCLS awaiting registration). Pakatan Rakyat came four years after that. Why talk as if the MCLM is being set up to disturb or sabotage Pakatan Rakyat?
Incidentally, we did not think that there would ever be an opposition alliance so for purposes of the 2008 general election we launched Barisan Rakyat as a platform to campaign for whichever political party that adopted The People’s Voice and The People’s Declaration. Soon after that PAS, DAP and PKR banded together under a coalition called Pakatan Rakyat. Pakatan Rakyat, however, comprises of three political parties whereas Barisan Rakyat has six political parties.
Point number three: See the full video of the two-hour MCLM forum in London on Sunday, 12 December 2010 (http://www.malaysia-today.net/mtcolumns/special-reports/36718-the-full-session-of-the-mclm-forum-in-london) and read the Malaysiakini report below. Why are people still asking all sorts of questions and passing all sorts of comments when this matter has already been clarified in great detail? What more do you want us to say that we have not already said?
It appears like many make comments out of sheer ignorance because they are too lazy to read. Then again maybe they know what is happening but are just being mischievous by distorting the matter. If this is coming from Barisan Nasional I can quite understand why they are doing this but for Pakatan Rakyat to also do this does not give people the confidence that the opposition has higher principles than the ruling party.