“I would use the immense wealth that Umno possesses to buy over the prostitutes in Pakatan Rakyat. Anyway, is that not what we want Anwar Ibrahim to do? – Raja Petra Kamaruddin.

Apakah intipati tulisan Raja Petra Kamaruddin tentang Pakatan Rakyat, PKR dan Anwar Ibrahim semenjak kejayaan pembangkang menamatkan penguasaan 2/3 Barisan Nasional di Parlimen dan di Selangor, Pulau Pinang dan Kedah?

Apakah nada RPK berubah di dalam penulisannya pada tahun 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 berbanding dengan temubual eksklusifnya dengan Mingguan Malaysia pada tahun baru 2012?

Petikan-petikan tulisan RPK dibawah di susun untuk rujukan dan juga penilaian pembaca.

On PKR / Pakatan Rakyat

2008

  • I suppose DAP can always claim that there would be at least some Chinese who will always hate the Malays or Islam, so they will always be assured of winning a spattering of seats. But what if Tun Dr Mahathir suddenly resigns and hands the reins of power to his deputy? Would PKR still be able to harness the hate-Mahathir support seeing that Mahathir is no longer in office? (Wednesday, 06 February 2008).
  • Come hell or high-water, PAS will always get some level of support as long as there is a religion called Islam still around. But there will not always be a man called Mahathir sitting in the chair of Prime Minister. PKR, therefore, has to build its support not on hate, but just like PAS, on love. But what love factor can PKR start promoting to transform their united-by-hate support into united-by-love? (Wednesday, 06 February 2008).
  • Okay, we will give you some breathing space. We will give you your 100 days. But come 19 June 2008 we are going to do your 100-day report card. And if you have nothing to show for those 100 days we are going to whack you hard, harder than how we whack Barisan Nasional (Friday, 28 March 2008).
  • Now that new governments have been formed in these five states, Pakatan Rakyat appears to be overlooking one fundamental issue. Barisan Nasional did not lose these five states. Pakatan Rakyat did not win these five states. It was the people who decided that they wanted to get back control of these fives states. And the people did this by appointing Pakatan Rakyat as their trustee to run these fives states.
    (Sunday, 20 April 2008).
  • Pakatan Rakyat must perish the thought that the people gave them a mandate on 8 March 2008 and now that they have that mandate they can do what they like. Pakatan Rakyat must erase from their mind that now that they are in power they need no longer talk to the people until the next election five years or so from now. Pakatan Rakyat must not harbour the fallacy that now that they are in charge they can decide how they would like to run the five states  (Sunday, 20 April 2008).
  • No, do not accuse the people of interfering in how the states are being run. Do not think that you are the government so it is your job to run the states the way you would like them run. Do not imagine that the people have done their job on 8 March 2008 so now the people should just sit back and allow Pakatan Rakyat to take over and get down to the business of running the states. The people are the stakeholders and Pakatan Rakyat is merely the manager, paid to do a job from money that comes out of the pockets of the people (Sunday, 20 April 2008).
  • The stakeholders have spoken. The stakeholders have made their decision. The stakeholders were not happy with the old management. The stakeholders have changed the management. The stakeholders want the new management to do better and to do things differently. But has the new management asked the stakeholders what it is about the old management that they were not happy with? Has the new management called the stakeholders for a meeting to ask the stakeholders what it is that they want? (Sunday, 20 April 2008).

2009

  • I can only say that this serves Pakatan Rakyat right. They had it coming. When personal interests and racial issues override everything else, you deserve to fall. And there are many low quality wakil rakyat still in Pakatan Rakyat — DAP, PKR, as well as PAS. Expect more to cross over. The RM25 million dangled in front of their faces is just too difficult to say no to. After all, not everyone is in politics to serve the rakyat. Many are in it for their personal interests. And RM25 million is an attractive proposition (Saturday, 07 February 2009).
  • Leave Umno aside. Forget about Mahathir. We must now declare war on Pakatan Rakyat. In just one year Pakatan Rakyat has become what took Barisan Nasional 50 years to transform into. If Khalid can’t manage Selangor then he has to go, and go now (Tuesday, 09 June 2009).
  • Everything about Barisan Nasional is bad. Everything about Pakatan Rakyat is good. Actually, Pakatan Rakyat is no better than Barisan Nasional. And we are finally beginning to see this. But is it too late? Is this already the beginning of the end for Pakatan Rakyat? (Tuesday, 09 June 2009).
  • But unless we grab the bull by the horns Pakatan Rakyat’s days are numbered and it will be only a matter of time before all the states fall back to Barisan Nasional just like what happened to Perak (Tuesday, 09 June 2009).

2010

  • As I said, Zahrain (YB Zahrain of Bayan Baru) did not totally lie (on issues pertaining to Anwar’s claim and September 16 agenda). And the fact that Zahrain raised this matter in Parliament makes the allegation very serious. You do not lie in Parliament. So Zahrain did not lie. He just left out many other facts in his statement in Parliament today (Undated – 2010)

2011

 

  • Talks with Razaleigh remain inconclusive because Razaleigh continues to insist on the prospective position of Prime Minister, while PKR estimates that Razaleigh could secure the crossover of only four or five UMNO MPs. Anwar is also maintaining contact with PM Abdullah at this stage, primarily through son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin, Tian Chua said. Whether members of Abdullah’s circle would consider crossing over to Anwar remained an open question (Undated 2011).
  • I know what I was doing. Sure, that attracted a lot of snide remarks about how Dr Mahathir had bought me off and was financing Malaysia Today and whatnot. But then these are remarks from people devoid of a brain that can think clearly. They are guided by emotions and not by logic. And the way they are trying to bring down Najib and Shahrizat is evidence of this (Friday, 25 November 2011).
  • Pakatan Rakyat needs to know that we are not stupid or naïve and we know what is going on. This does not mean we will not support them and will instead support Barisan Nasional. But Pakatan Rakyat will have to earn our support and not take us for granted or assume that we are fools. This is the message we have to send to Pakatan Rakyat (Monday, 19 December 2011).
  • I am not gungho about Pakatan Rakyat. That does not mean I am gungho about Barisan Nasional either. It is just that I am not gungho about all politicians who use the people to change governments and then grab power and perpetuate what the old government did (Monday, 19 December 2011).
  • I have evidence of some very troubling shenanigans in the states currently under Pakatan Rakyat control. And what I see is basically a continuation of the spirit of Umno. But are you, like me, also concerned about this? Or would you rather we close our eyes (and our minds) to all this and pretend that nothing is wrong? (Monday, 19 December 2011).
  • And if Pakatan Rakyat continues to be just like Barisan Nasional in the states they are running, how can we trust them as the new federal government? Will we need to do a Tahrir Square Version 2.0 later after voting them into Putrajaya? (Monday, 19 December 2011).
  • I know there will be allegations of selling out, turncoat, Trojan horse and whatnot. But that is how they normally respond when we whack the opposition leaders. They regard criticising the opposition leaders as if we are insulting Prophet Muhammad. But then the opposition leaders are not Prophet Muhammad and above criticism. This, they need to learn and we shall teach them this lesson how much it may hurt. (Monday, 19 December 2011).
  • Opposition supporters demonstrate a very low level of maturity. They allow their thinking to be clouded by emotions. We need to be pragmatic. Support the cause by all means. The cause is what matters. But leaders are dispensable. Leaders come and go. The cause remains (Thursday, 15 December 2011).

On Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Opposition Leader

2008

  • No, don’t end subsidies. End wastages, high administrative costs and corruption. Then we will be able to afford subsidies, just like the other countries that also have subsidies can. And this is what we want Tengku Razaleigh and Anwar to talk about (Saturday, 14 June 2008).
  • I do not quite agree with Tengku Razaleigh’s statement or with what Anwar Ibrahim has pledged. First of all, for Anwar to say that the petrol price should not have been increased is easy. We don’t want to know about what should not have been. We want to know what should be. Can Anwar please table his economic blueprint so that we can see what he has up his sleeve? Malaysians no longer want to buy this ‘vote me in first and then I will show you how I can do it’ — or what the Americans would label as ‘read my lips’ rhetoric (Saturday, 14 June 2008).
  • The ‘evidence’ is ready. The semen specimen on Saiful’s underwear has been confirmed as Anwar’s. The only problem is if they allow an independent foreign expert to do an audit on the Chemistry Department’s findings, he or she might confirm that the specimen is ten years old and not dated 26 June 2008 as alleged (Monday, 21 July 2008).

2009

  • This is Anwar’s failure. He thinks he is a good leader because he can run the party all by himself. But this is not the mark of a good leader. A good leader is not one who can run the party all by himself. A good leader is one who can manage the people in the party (Thursday, 23 April 2009).

2010

  • My wife then went to meet Anwar to tell him the whole story, most of which Anwar already knew. Anwar then went to meet this man, who was supposed to be the new Prime Minister but did quite not make it. Anwar told him that I signed that Statutory Declaration because they asked me to do so. And that was supposed to clear the way for this man, instead of Najib, to take over as Prime Minister (Undated 2010).
  • But he did not dare come forward to reveal what really happened and why I signed that Statutory Declaration. My wife then insisted that Anwar go to court to meet me and tell me in person, which Anwar did. I knew then that they had abandoned me as ‘collateral damage’ and that I was now on my own (Undated 2010). 
  • Anwar that naive or stupid that he cannot see the false façade that Zul (YB Zulkiflee Nordin) is wearing on his face? I think Anwar may need to spend a second term in the Sungai Buloh Prison to wake him up to the reality of what is going on in the real world (Wednesday, 27 January 2010).

2011

 

  • Many sceptics, especially from Umno, pooh-poohed Anwar’s ’16 September’ announcement. Many, even from the opposition, were puzzled as to why Anwar made such as announcement even if it were true. Would it not have been better to keep silent and make a surprise move instead of tipping off the other side and allow them to block the move? (Wednesday, 03 August 2011).
  • Many believe Anwar is innocent of the allegations of sodomy and the porn tape and what have you. If that is what we believe then let it be. Let’s not bother with an inquiry or investigation or whatever because the chances would be the findings or verdict will not be what we want (Sunday, 24 July 2011).
  • Well, Anwar is the Opposition Leader. So I support Anwar because I am pro-opposition and Anwar is the Opposition Leader. But he is not my friend. He is not my friend because he has not demonstrated friendship like Dr Mahathir, Zaid, Sanusi, Mat Sabu, Nazri Aziz, etc., have (Thursday, 15 December 2011).
  • But that is all Anwar is to me, my rakan seperjuangan, nothing more. And don’t expect me to demonstrate loyalty to Anwar as a friend would because he has not shown me that he is my friend like Dr Mahathir, Zaid, Sanusi, Mat Sabu, Nazri Aziz, etc., have (Thursday, 15 December 2011).
  • The trouble is: people expect me to suck Anwar’s dick to prove my loyalty to the opposition cause. Why must the opposition cause be tied to Anwar? The opposition cause is the opposition cause and Anwar is Anwar. They are two different issues and should not be packaged as one issue (Thursday, 15 December 2011).

2012

  • By the way, Anwar has known me since 1963, longer than the ten years that he said he knows me. 1963 is almost 50 years (Thursday, 05 January 2012).
  • Anwar Ibrahim was not even in the government yet at that time. It was not until five years later that he joined UMNO. And I have been opposition all that time while Anwar ‘sold out’ and joined UMNO (Monday, 09 January 2012).
  • I have never minced my words. I have always stated in the many interviews that I gave that many of us felt betrayed when Anwar joined UMNO. I stated in my interviews that I resented Anwar for betraying the cause. And when Dr Mahathir kicked him out in 1998 we were delighted and said: serves you right (padan muka) (Monday, 09 January 2012).
  • In 1998, Anwar launched the Reformasi movement. Many of us did not get involved. We stayed far away from the street demonstrations and refused to support the movement. As far as we were concerned this was a movement to save Anwar’s arse, not a movement for reform or change. So we refused to get involved or to support it (Monday, 09 January 2012).
  • Then Anwar’s trial started and I refused to go to court to follow the proceedings of the trial (until Rosli Ibrahim phoned me and asked me to go in to court because Anwar wanted to see me). And that was the first time in years that I shook his hand. In fact, Anwar grabbed me and hugged me and I pushed him away (jokingly of course) while saying that the last person he hugged was sentenced to six months in jail (meaning Sukma) (Monday, 09 January 2012).
  • I am not dumb. I knew that Anwar could be a catalyst for change. The people will rally behind him and will support the fight for change. Hence, Anwar can be an asset in the fight for change (just like how Dr Mahathir was in 2006-2008).But it is about change and Anwar as the catalyst for change. It is not about Anwar per se. And if you are too dumb to see this and therefore would like to boycott Malaysia Today because you are too dumb to see this then be my guest. Good-bye and good riddance. We need thinking people, not people with a herd mentality who can be led like sheep (Monday, 09 January 2012).