Who is paying RPK’s bills in London?

There have been too much speculations on fugitive-blogger Raja Petra “Cyber-Anarchist” Kamaruddin’s where abouts, since he fled the country eight months ago. Currently, he is under two criminal court case for seditions and criminal defamation and jumped bail. The popular bet that he is now in the UK, probably in London.

The Star has a story:

Monday December 21, 2009

Raja Petra may be holed up in London

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Raja Kamaruddin has been reported to be in London.

There is information that Raja Petra, who was allegedly hiding in Mel­bourne, Australia, is currently holed up in a luxurious apartment.

Mingguan Malaysia reported that the editor, popularly known as RPK, was now believed to have been staying at the six-storey Trinity Court Apartments in Gloucester Terrace, Bayswater.

It is understood that Raja Petra has been renting a two-bedroom unit there with two toilets, a kitchen and a living room.

Secret hideaway: The luxurious apartment in London where Raja Petra is believed to be hiding in.

However, the source did not reveal how long he has been living there. There are also claims that Raja Petra is staying in Manchester.

Two arrest warrants were issued against Raja Petra after he failed to turn up in court on April 23 and May 23 for his trials over a seditious article on his website www.malaysiatoday.net defaming the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Raja Petra is also accused of defaming Rosmah and two others in a statutory declaration made at the Jalan Duta Court complex on June 18, last year.

The Sessions Court later granted him a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on Nov 11 and 13, as the police had yet to serve the warrant of arrest on him.

When contacted, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar declined to comment, adding that police were still trying to hunt down Raja Petra with the arrest warrant issued against him under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act.

It was earlier reported that the police had managed to trace Raja Petra’s movements who had fled to Thailand illegally before flying off to Australia.

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This is an interesting development indeed. The reported states that Raja “Techno Anarchist” Petra is believed to be staying in the luxury London West End area of Bayswater. A typical two or three bedroom flat in this area has the average rental of GBP 1,000-1500 per week. Realistically, for Raja Petra to have lived in this neighbourhood would have costed GBP 30,000 – 45,000 the last 30 weeks or so. That is effectively RM 165,000 – RM 250,000.

If factored for a sustenance cost to live in London at GBP 500 per week, that would calculate to GBP 15,000 or RM 82,500. Plus other costs which include travelling, communications and internet and satelite TV access, Raja Petra with his usual lifestyle would have required to burn between RM 280,000 – RM 370,000 for the past 2/3 of the year. That is roughly RM 420,000 – RM 500,000 per annum (at current exchange rate). Had the exchange rate gone to RM 6.50 to the quid (like how it had stablised for quite a while), then it would be in the neighbourhood of RM 500,000-600,000 per annum.

That is a lot of money for a fugitive family of three  to live in London and still maintain the controversial blog Malaysia Today. It is widely known that Raja “Compulsive Liar” Petra is an undischarged bankrupt. Legally, he is not supposed to possess that kind of cash to withdraw and burn.

So who or which organisation is footing all these bills?

There are calls to expose who or which organisation is footing the expensive bill to live in London.

The Star has the report:

Published: Thursday December 24, 2009 MYT 4:32:00 PM

Call to expose Raja Petras sponsors

By SIRA HABIBU

PETALING JAYA: Those who sponsored fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s stay in London should be exposed, said Batu Pahat MP Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.

It was more crucial to know those who were supporting the blogger than to initiate extradition exercise against him, he said.

It has been reported that Raja Petra, a bankrupt, was staying in Trinity Court, a posh neighbourhood in Gloucester Bayswater in the heart of London.

“It is of national interest to ascertain the motives of the people who sponsored Raja Petra, as he is a controversial writer who is daring in his attack on the government and making claims that could undermine national security,” he said.

Dr Mohd, who is also the deputy Education Minister, said the police should also ascertain the owner of the posh apartment where Raja Petra was allegedly seeking refuge.

“Such places cannot be simply rented by walk-in tenants,” he said, adding that it was obvious that the sponsors had regarded Raja Petra as an asset as he could be used as a tool to disrupt national security.

“Raja Petra will need to have a huge fund to continue living in luxury in London,” said Dr Puad who also congratulated the police for tracking him down.

Two warrants of arrest were issued against Raja Petra after he failed to turn up in court on April 23 and May 23 for his trials over a seditious article on his website http://www.malaysiatoday.net which defamed the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

Raja Petra is also accused of defaming Rosmah and two others in a statutory declaration made at the Jalan Duta Court complex on June 18, last year.

The Sessions Court later granted him a discharge not amounting to an acquittal on Nov 11 and 13, as the police had yet to serve the warrant of arrest on him.

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Some people say Anwaristas, probably Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim himself is paying for Raja Petra and his family to live in West End. This is believable as partyless-Opposition-Leader Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim very much in need of Malaysia Today’s (dis)service to continue the propaganda to rubbish the Government under PM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and authorities such as the Judiciary, Police and MACC. Since 2005, Malaysia Today has had unprecedentedly great success to create distrust and even some degree of hatred against the Leadership, BN and her component parties and establishment, which include enforcement agencies and authorities.

Former-abuse-of-power-convict Anwar “King of Anarchy” Ibrahim also needed another ‘diversion’ against his second sodomy case, which has been postponed several times due to his usual legal-delay-tactics.

The unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-strange-bedfellows Pakatan Rakyat has also been stormy, which have been plagued by highly controversial issues such as the premature loss of Perak State Government, Elizabeth Wong sex scandal, intra-party squabbles, Kg. Berjaya illegal pig abattoir, sale of alcohol and ‘Sek 23 Hindu Temple’ in Selangor and continuous problematic administration in PR controlled state governments. PKR itself is facing issues such as Khalid Vs Azmin, Zaid Ibrahim antics and loss of faith of leaders and ordinary members to the Leadership.

It is also rumoured that media persona-non-grata Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan is ‘financing’ Raja Petra’s expenses. Since the fall of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s regime, it is also believed that the former NST King-pin is now taking steps to strategically see the failure of PM Najib’s administration, especially from the public perception. To meet this objective, it makes reasonable sense that Raja Petra is allowed to maintain its cyber-anarchy via Malaysia Today, even from abroad.

So far, Malaysian Insider which many believed linked to Riong Kali has contributed some ‘damage’ to further create controversies (previously held by Malaysia Today and Malaysiakini), in the name of freedom of press and speech. Since it is being run by professional mainstream journalists, the subtlity of reporting has since somewhat managed wedge into the erosion of confidence amongst the proferssionals and educated Malaysians, especially in the urbanites. Anwar Ibrahim and PKR thrive on the minds of ‘confused’ and emotionally charged Malaysians.

Regardless, the origin of the funds to maintain and sustain Raja Petra’s life as a criminal fugitive is still a mystery. Before we at BigDogDotCom is being framed again by Raja Petra for “getting information from the Police Special Branch”, we wish to state that it does not require so much complications to figure this out about Raja Petra’s stay in London. For the record, Raja Petra has immediate family living in Manchester. A few months ago he met a senior UMNO politician in the West English city.

 

 

Published in: on December 26, 2009 at 01:41  Comments (55)