“Anwar wants to to snub me. It was his way to tell the world that I am not relevant and shouldn’t share the same platform with him”, Malaysia Today founder Raja Petra Kamaruddin said when asked about the Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim’s request for the latter to be disclosed from the global forum on political scenario in Kent later today.
Even though Anwar’s present in the forum is via Skype instead of Raja Petra’s physical appearance, but he was insistent that the latter shouldn’t share the same platform with him. Wikileaks founder would be in the same forum from his home in Kent via Skype too.
“Anwar is intolerant of any dissent”.
He agrees to the suggestion that this is a form of ‘Gag order’. When asked about this ‘Gag order instruction’ is becoming very prevalent in PKR at leadership level whenever they have to face sensitive issues, let alone controversial, “Its been like that all along. Even when he was in Federal Government as Deputy Prime Minister, he would use all his power and influence to stop anything that does’t suit him from being raised. Everyone knows this. Ask all the editors!”.
Raja Petra was relating his experience with Anwar during his days as the Berita KeAdilan editor.
“I was getting instructions directly from Sungai Buloh. He was telling me what to write and what not to write. When I was critical about the party in my fortnight editor’s column, he instructed that I shouldn’t be allowed to write the editorial column anymore. ‘Someone will write instead of me’. So when that someone didn’t submit the editorial column, we actually printed a blank page!”.
This is not the first time Raja Petra fell out of favour from Anwar’s camp. The one time PKR media co-ordinator was also against PKR top leadership in mid 2006 (after the Sarawak state elections).
Raja Petra on Thursday alleged that PKR leaders in Selangor agreed to sign of RM 70 million for the Phase 1 of old Selayang market construction project plus compensation for the Phase 2 and 3, provided there is a USD 70 million kickbacks for them.
The Star reported this:
Friday March 16, 2012
Pakatan brushes aside RPK’s ‘lies’
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat MPs have dismissed allegations by blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin that a senior PKR leader had asked for US$10mil as election funds from a company that had sought the leader’s help in moving its stalled project in Selangor.
Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, who is also Selangor senior exco, said the state government refused to acknowledge such accusations and described them as malicious lies.
“My question to him (Raja Petra) is where does he get his information?” she said. She urged Raja Petra to provide evidence to the authorities rather than make false accusations.
“If the Selangor government receive any evidence of wrongdoing, we will take action against the leader,” said Kok.
Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Hashim said he was not surprised of such things happening in PKR.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong expressed shock over the allegation.
“This is a very serious allegation as it involves abuse of power. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should investigate the matter,” he said.
Kota Belud MP Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Raja Petra should hand over any proof he had to the MACC.
“If someone says Raja Petra is full of nonsense, then I would like to remind the PKR leadership that this was the very person whom they relied on for information previously,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian refuted the allegation that he had introduced a developer to Batu MP Tian Chua to resolve the company’s problem in return for US$10mil in kickbacks.
Baru said it was the first time he had heard of the developer, Azam andAzan Sdn Bhd (AASB), and claimed he had no knowledge of the shady dealings narrated in Raja Petra’s story.
Referring to Raja Petra’s claims of alleged misuse of state funds as well as recent newspaper reports on illegal sand mining in Selangor, Sungai Pelek assemblyman Yap Ee Wah said: “These anomalies drive up the costs of materials needed for the housing industry which ultimately is passed on to house buyers.
“Additionally, to recover their investment, property developers also transfer the cost of high land conversion premiums in Selangor. The soaring property prices make it difficult for many young people to purchase their first homes.
“Malaysians are being robbed of their tanah air (homeland) through illegal sand mining,” he said yesterday.
He urged the Selangor mentri besar to address the issue and put an end to all forms of corruption.
When asked to comment on The Star report on the denial of PKR leaders for the USD 10 million kickbacks for the Selayang project, Raja Petra coyly said “Who wants to admit to their wrongdoings? I quote YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who said this. You were there!”.
“No one in the company (Azam dan Azan Sdn Bhd) came to deny this. They just said ‘no comment’. Why didn’t they deny this if it was not true? Doesn’t that show something?”.
When asked about how he felt regarding to Dr Hassan Mohd Ali’s sacking from PAS was all about the latter’s opposition based personal issues against Anwar Ibrahim as the de facto Opposition Leader, he agrees. “It is not about Malay Unity. Its about Dr Hassan’s position on personal matter relating to Anwar and for not toeing the party lines for that. If it was on ‘Malay Unity’, why didn’t they penalize (PAS President Dato’ Hj) Hadi, (former Deputy President) Nasaruddin Isa and Mustpaha Ali too?”.
He also agrees that Dr Hassan and the likes of Ulama Leaders like him in PAS have a strong following and will affect votes in places like Selangor. He also said as far back as 2004, they are talking about Dr Hassan’s position on many issues which Pakatan Rakyat see as problematic now but ‘They still gave him a chance. He was being very consistent about who he is and what he stood for”.
Commenting on the Malaysian Civil Liberty Movement, Raja Petra said they were not intended to be political or partisan. “We are supposed to fight for civil liberty issues, such as human rights. We want Malaysians to have the right to choose for issues like religion and sexual preference. We are interested to see the changes, not directly to be political about it”.
He was met at a private social event in leading West End restaurant for good Malaysian food.
When asked about Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s leadership, he agrees that there are changes. However, he felt the changes weren’t rapid enough. A wide range issues were covered, include current politics and economic issues. Amongst was the New Economic Policy (NEP) and mindset of Malaysians, especially the younger generation. Raja Petra is interested to have “A meaningful engagement with the Prime Minister on civil liberty issues”.
Issues on Federal Government problems in providing for the rakyat, especially under current domestic, regional and global challenges under Prime Minister Najib’s leadership were raised and Raja Petra jokingly said “We shouldn’t be in government. We should remain as Opposition. Easier for us”. He was being consistent about what he wrote earlier today.
*Updated Saturday 17 March noon