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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

IMPORTANT TRANSLATION of DS ANWAR IBRAHIM'S OPEN LETTER on CITIZENS' DECLARATION & NEED FOR TRUE REFORM

The translation into English was done by malaysiakini.com, but Desi is not a subscriber, so I must thank an ALERT by a buddy of just 3/4months in PeytonPlacesque Furong whom I'm nicking as Sdr Lam', meek&mild in blogspeak. He told Desi two hours ago about DS Anwar Ibrahim's Rumination -- SteadyAku and Desi have both urged Malaysians "TO KEEP THE RAGE" as far as ANWAR IBRAHIM's PLIGHT IS CONCERNED. Malaysians should appreciate his long term struggles for freedom, justice and REFORM, as many Malaysians pray for his health under detention (solitary confinement mostly). WE continue to fight for JUSTICE and REFORM for a BETTER MALAYSIA and don't allow UMNO&runningdogs run our beloved country to the ground while DS Anwar Ibrahim gallantly fights on, now unjustly languishing in jail on trumped up Sodomy charges by a most cruelest&corrupt UMNO REGIME...

Dear ER, please do justice to yourself by surfing to steadyaku-steadyaku-husseinhamid.blogspot.com where there is also an Mkini's video clip on this IMPORTANT SUBJECT in relation to political developmenst eg CITIZENS'DECLARATION initiated by Dr Mahathir Mohamad/Zaid Ibrahim; the following is FOODforPONDER; do come back for more of DEsi's elaboration and some background to PKR leaders under attack by so-called SUPPORTERS -- remember RPK hydeing out in WOEmanchester, UK and his cohorts? -- who have been exposed as TROJAN HORSES planted by the cruel&corruptUMNOregime.

Meanwhile, here's DS Anwar's (English translation) OPEN LETTER courtesy of malaysiakini.com via STEADYAKU47:~~~

 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


Saudara Anwar Ibrahim : In my loneliness and depression....memang selalu demikian saudaraku.

******** Friends, president, deputy president and fellow beloved leaders –''Assalamualaikum warahmatullah hiwabarakatuh and salam sejahtera''********
The issue that I am bringing up here must be reviewed calmly. The contents of it does not stray from the core of our struggle and is consistent with what was sketched out before. But my concern is that you will only listen to me out of respect but not take it to heart.
Throughout our struggle, we have gone through challenging episodes which required thought and enlightenment. Our latest issue is with the Citizens’ Declaration which has dragged our leaders and apparatuses to be in cahoots with Tun M and Daim.
My view might be in contradiction with the stand of the majority of leaders. I am apprehensive, assuming that this strategy is a little overboard and threatens our struggle.
We must steer clear of the danger of falling into the games of the power elites and their skilful trickery to maintain an outdated system.
Even so, many of our friends believe the new strategy is more rewarding and is the best way to go. They say it can give us a new boost, as we will be combining our strengths to topple Najib Abdul Razak as prime minister, and bring about change.
They are certain that they can keep things in control and avoid any divergence in the mission.
This clash of ideas between us is a tangle we must unravel, but it is not something which should lead to personal conflicts or disputes.
My stand is the same as when there was the initiative by (Gua Musang MP) Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to collect signed statutory declarations (of retraction of support for Najib). This initiative is now buried. The other leaders and I had then agreed with this, but I had urged that we remain close to our policies and the aims of our struggles.
In looking at this current conundrum, we must not question the wisdom of those who have decided to take part and sign the Citizens’ Declaration. In my previous letters, I urged leaders to act cautiously when dealing with the ruling elite and to defend the principles of our struggle. The question now is, what next?
I am more inclined not to be seen to be uniting with the Citizens’ Declaration group, and to start to set a distance. Instead, we must strengthen and advance our campaign for change, to defend the people who are oppressed due to economic mismanagement, in keeping with the principles that we have carried with us all this while.
The Citizens’ Declaration group, including Mahathir, can be part of our struggle, but our agenda must be for change, not to advance the Citizens’ Declaration. Allow me to explain.
I have previously raised concern – during a short conversation in court – on why there is such a vigorous campaign to push for the Citizens’ Declaration which sidelines the concept of reform through democratic accountability. I thank all for the immediate responses and explanatory notes.
The launch of the Citizens’ Declaration appeared to have been set without the need or possibility for further negotiations – a fait accompli. It is only after pressure from NGO leaders at the last minute that other views were included, but the changes were superficial.
Principally, it remained Mahathir’s document – flawed and inconsistent with reform perspectives. It only focuses on Najib’s resignation as prime minister, as a result of the 1MDB scandal. It clearly strayed far from the raison d’etre, or the basis of our struggle – for freedom and justice, for supremacy of the law, to combat abuse of power and corruption, and justice for all!
The leaders appeared to have been taken in and were satisfied with the guarantee that all the demands included in the declaration will be fulfilled after Najib resigns. This reminds us of the complot of the ruling elite which I had explained before. It clearly benefits the rich and powerful while the people remain sidelined.
We have only just been involved in the statutory declaration issue. The same assurance had been given, albeit behind closed doors. And because we were excited at the thought of or desperate to change the national leadership, that we committed (to the statutory declaration plot). Today, it is fodder for ridicule, especially after Ku Li (Tengku Razaleigh) himself denied his involvement and said the plan did not make sense.
He was slick in using the SD to position himself as a compromise candidate, in the event of a conflict or stalemate between (Umno vice-presidents Ahmad) Zahid (Hamidi) and Hisham (Hishammuddin Hussein). I don’t understand how some in Pakatan Harapan continue to hope that change can come through lies and treachery.
And today, we strongly give our support to this new effort which is pushed through a movement led by those close to those who are ruling, and this effort is portrayed to be inclusive of the rakyat. There is one explanation – it was a desperate move. We are so desperate for mass support that we do this without a hint of guilt, when in fact it is to further our political interest.
We must be honest. We were involved in both initiatives (the statutory declaration and Citizens’ Declaration) and agreed that (Sungai Petani MP) Johari Abdul represent us in the SD initiative while (PKR deputy president) Azmin Ali, (PKR vice-president) Tian Chua and (PKR secretary-general) Rafizi Ramli for the Citizens’ Declaration initiative.

But I constantly avoided using the terms ‘support’ and ‘commitment’. It was distressing to see our leaders team up with a cruel leader and the most corrupt former finance minister! A senior lawyer informed me that he saw how our leaders were enamoured and humbled in the presence of this former autocrat at a public event. It seems like we are still stuck in a feudal culture.
Despite Azmin, (activist) Ambiga (Sreneevasan) and Mat Sabu’s (Amanah president Mohamad Sabu’s) vociferous eloquence, the dispute over the reform agenda is only a side issue. Don’t be fooled into thinking that statements condemning Mahathir’s cruelty during his rule can bring about systematic change. Mahathir is known for his tenacity, his steadfast hold on his agenda is hard to shake. The one fear that haunts dictators and autocrats is the possibility that their crimes will be exposed and the billions stolen will be exposed.
Mahathir has never appreciated the openness and goodwill others have extended to him. He is not regretful, but he constantly parades his heinous nature by continuing to use personal attacks (against me). These insults towards me were sadly not condemned by trusted friends. I hope you place our alliance before Mahathir’s interest.
Unfortunately, this (Citizens’ Declaration) will only convince Mahathir to continue to feel no guilt over the destruction and waste that happened in his time. He seems to have changed tack from denying his faults to erasing his faults completely. (PKR president and Anwar’s wife Dr Wan) Azizah (Wan Ismail) and I feel there is a need to oppose on principle, in order to defend our dignity. Our statement refers to the autocratic rule, and the need for a more holistic discourse – not a dictatorial approach like Mahathir’s.
Our view is that the Citizens’ Declaration will fail to bring good to the common people, especially in fixing economic problems and bring institutional reforms. Those who are obsessed with the Citizens’ Declaration did not welcome such criticism. I begged to differ and explained on this.
NGO leaders have also taken a strong stand on Mahathir, although in private. This is compared to Mahathir, who has always made his position public. And after that, another explanation was made but on something which does not bring about change, which is that the majority of parliamentarians will nominate the new prime minister.
I raised doubts in my previous letter to the PKR political bureau – I said the Citizens’ Declaration and the new approach went against solid change, or actual reform. I urged the leadership to not view this lightly. Don’t be too confident that you can counter their strategies. And this reminder should not be taken lightly, either.
 ‘The best lack of all conviction,
 whilst the worse
 Are full of passionate intensity[William Butlers Yeats]
Beware of the Machiavellians who will finally surrender their powers to their cronies.
We say we are rising above it, and doing it for the interest of the country. We forget the fact that there is no more governance in this country, and more worrying, no regret or drive to support reform.
Both Mahathir and Daim are the masterminds who aggressively defended crony capitalism. They did this through lopsided processes, the awarding of concessions to corrupt independent power producers, privatisation of highways and the monopoly of essential goods by cronies. These clearly abuse and burden the rakyat.
This unbridled rapacity (kerakusan) during their rule had caused destruction which we feel to this day.
You may feel that my stand is too harsh and it is better to be inclusive and make peace, in the same way I had earlier felt many of you were naive in thinking that Mahathir is now more open to change. Several discussions that took place between Pakatan Harapan and NGOs failed to change (your views) or stop obsessions and personal vendettas against Najib, when the same was not expressed against the faulty and destroyed system.
It does not make sense that after cooperating with Pakatan Harapan, NGOs and those I trust, Mahathir continued to insult and attack me! Such behaviour prevented any possibility of a meeting between Mahathir and my family. Some friends solemnly told me that one cannot expect a 92-year-old (sic) man to change. This strengthens my belief that the ruling elite will only move to save Umno and ensure the revival of the old system.
‘The serpent that did sting…
Now wears the crown.’ [Shakespeare]
The public remain, as a voice full of awareness, the rakyat hope for a principled stand. We cannot be considered as trying to prevent or delay the reform agenda or not being earnest in fighting for the plight of the rakyat.
We demand for freedom, economic justice, reduction in the wealth gap, and to fight corruption and plundering. Do believe in the wisdom of the voice of the people and be guided by activists, reformists and strengthen the party’s grassroots.
Let me comment on other issues. I’m sorry – but I can’t help but be shocked with the shallow view that Najib’s fall will be enough to bring change towards democratic accountability.
I have stressed a conflicting stand and there is no evidence to say otherwise. I was also asked to show a clear and non-confusing approach towards the declaration, and I have done so accurately.
But I condemn the insensitive attitude urging the president, especially (vice-president and Anwar’s daughter) Nurul Izzah to pay a courtesy visit to Tun M or to join his programmes.
Maybe you want to ease (Mahathir’s) heart but demanding for sacrifices to be made by my family, especially after his recent ridicule, is heartless!
And don’t pay heed to those who claim they have ‘valid, reliable sources’ that Najib had sent a messenger to meet me and there was a meeting with Zahid at HKL (Hospital Kuala Lumpur) last week. This is slander and was spread to create disputes.
Trust seems to have eroded. I can confidently say if the meeting did happen. My credibility remains unaffected. And otherwise, I will come clean to my friends if there was indeed an offer. It is shameful to showcase such an attitude but we need to rebuild the trust and have love and affection.
Before I end – I am now dejected. I don’t mean to burden you with the sufferings of loneliness in prison. Such a test, although hard for me, Azizah and my family to bear, is not as complicated as handling the party’s recent developments.
After Reformasi 1998, I feel that the idealism with regard to fighting for a cause started to erode, tested by the lustre of power and funds. My strength is spurring the awareness towards change. And so we struggled for nearly two decades facing life’s cruelty. We destroyed the walls of fear, communalism; rigid religious definition to rahmatan lil alamin (blessings for the whole world).
But my concern is due to the latest developments that place us at the crossroads. The question of pure ambition. Idealism is no longer the fundamental question but (merely) political talk to come into power. Or otherwise, am I afflicted with ill fortune because I find it hard to accept the reality?
It is sufficient for me to conclude that my weakness is that I cannot handle the new understanding in the form of the Citizens’ Declaration. I have no qualms if our ceramah sessions are continued by stressing on PKR’s agenda; rejecting the greed for power and exploitation of the rakyat. Other groups may come (to the ceramah), just to explain the declaration; but do not shift from our approach.
Obviously, the veteran leader who does not support the concept of the rakyat should not come into prominence because it will confuse the rakyat; obscure the reform agenda and even betray the trust for reform. In the discourse about the matter, that is the only limit that I can admit. If the majority chooses to support the declaration fully, I will abide by it but I will retreat and only repeat the desire for an intact form of change.
My subsequent disappointment will be due to the weakness and failure to assemble a solid line of leadership. The ability and role as the glue to the leadership will further erode. And so there will be lamentations with the elements of accusations that I too was involved with several crises before this. I tried to do my best but alas I have limits.
Rivalry has gone beyond the boundaries of ethics that it seems to be better to deal with political enemies rather than comrades. All my pleas no longer have an effect. The views and comments of friends are full of prejudice. The question of values and morals as well as the danger of slander must be avoided. Therefore my abilities are stunted here.
I sincerely hope that this letter will not be spun and interpreted according to the different palates. This letter is a will and a form of trust for all friends in the line of leadership. Use it as well as you can. I ask for forgiveness if it offends.
In my loneliness and depression, I had gone through poems which include the ‘Best Poems of the English language: from Chancer through Proust’ by Harold Bloom. Before this I was entertained by Pablo Neruda; Anna Akhmatova (Tsarina of Poetry); WS Rendra and A Samad Said. My friend, the poet Tawfiq Ismail, once bloomed in his youth – a poem which I memorised and once recited in Bandung around the year 2005. The title: ‘Memang Selalu Demikian, Hadi (1966) during the time when varsity students went against PKI and Sukarno. I ask for permission that Hadi be changed to Saudaraku: 
Memang Selalu Demikian Saudaraku.
Setiap perjuangan selalu melahirkan
Sejumlah pengkhianat dan para penjilat
Jangan kau gusar, saudaraku.


Setiap perjuangan selalu menghadapkan kita
Pada kaum yang bimbang menghadapi gelombang
Jangan kau kecewa, saudaraku.


Setiap perjuangan yang akan menang
Selalu mendatangkan pahlawan jadi-jadian
Dan para jagoan kesiangan.


Memang demikianlah halnya, saudaraku.
Kepada Allah SWT dipohon keberkatan dan restu.
Semoga perjuangan diberkati. Amin


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DESIDERATA: I promise to write more about roles played by certain NGO activists which affect the Pakatan Rakyat's struggle to offer an alternative government to the Rakayat to replace the Corrupt&Crule BN/UMNO regime. I will also pen some personal thoughts about my expereinces with some of these protagonists over the past ONE DECADE, some of whom I have identified as "TROJAN HORSES". Patience, eh! Jom for dinner at De Miang Korner, Furong?! I can afford to pay for tehtarik, you bye me Satay&Karaoke, OK! ~~ YL, Desi

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AT 21.48PM after several rounds of newsdogs' brew at De Miang Korner in Seremban, Desi is now invigorated to REBUT some of PKR's so-called supporters; hence I went to harisibrahim.wordpress.com:~~~


Dear Anwar

Posted on May 17, 2016
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many-colours-one-dream923089_576322912401152_1069880995_nThe last I wrote to you through this blog was on (1a) 18th August, 2008, 8 days before polling day in Permatang Pauh.
Then I wrote to say that I was going to “take a chance with you”.
Much has taken place since, and our personal circumstances have changed radically.
You now languish in prison on the most ludicrous of charges and after a lengthy and most bizarre court process that left me convinced that I made the right decision to quit legal practice 5 1/2 years ago. I, in turn,  now stand convicted on a charge of sedition, sentenced to 8 months jail and only remain at large courtesy of a stay order whilst awaiting the appeal process against that decision to be exhausted.

Two nights ago, I heard that you had penned a letter to leaders in PKR voicing your concerns about the Dr M-led Save Malaysia and People’s Declaration initiative. That very night, I sought to but failed to obtain a copy of your letter.
Last night, I joined Chegubard and Arul of PSM in a debate where, in the very limited time we were each given, we endeavoured to present our serious misgivings about this initiative.
I had intended to write about the debate upon returning home a little while ago, but then, to my utter delight, I discovered that a translation of your letter had been published on Malaysiakini.

What I struggled to present in the 5 minutes allocated to me to make my case at the debate last night, you have with full clarity articulated in your 8-page letter.
Clearly, we share the same concerns.

(1b) Yes, in 2008, I said that I would take a chance with you, and the year before, on numerous occasions, I wrote to say that I wished you would give me a reason to trust you.
This letter has helped much.
Thank you.
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Thank you, Malaysiakini, for the initiative to translate that important document. At the risk of annoying my friends at Malaysiakini, I am reproducing the same here, for the benefit of those who do not have access to Malaysiakini. I urge you to read it in full and then,  subscribe to Malaysiakini.
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‘Anwar’s letter’

PLEASE REFER TO ABOVE********Friends, president, deputy president and fellow beloved leaders –
 Assalamualaikum warahmatullah hiwabarakatuh and salam sejahtera********

(THE rest OF Anwar Ibrahim'S letter as follows AS INDICATED BY EIGHT ********was also REPRODUCED BY HARIS IBRRAHIM HIS POST********....yl, dESI)

(Anwar then cites the poem which talks about how traitors and ‘fake warriors’ always come out as a result of a particular fight.)

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DESIDERATA: I would in particular refer to the portions of HARIS IBRAHIM'S COMMENT wrt Anwar's Letter highlighted in RED, THUS:~~

(1) REALLY, Haris? -- you  said twice that on (1a) 18th August, 2008, 8 days before polling day in Permatang Pauh.
 (you were) going to “take a chance with you", and also

....( 1b) in 2008, I said that I would take a chance with you.

I seek my ER's indulgence as Desi would now REPRISE  a few articles from my own blogsposts (longish out of necessity...)that would show you, Haris, were telling your readers at your Blog either HALF-TRUTHS or OUTRIGHT LIES -- not supporting Anwar, but instead attacking/underming PKR leaders including Anwar and MP for Batu, Sdr Tian Chua.

REPRISE1:

Saturday, December 18, 2010


A Straighttalking Writer Is Harsher than Desi on RPK!

When Desiderata the blogger started noticing a change of trend in RPK's columns in his own portal malaysia-today.net some six months ago, I sat back initially and just watched his show. I became more concerned when he was then aided by maverick fomer UMNO-appointed Senator-minister who came aboard PKR and started critical attacks on PKR de facto leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and the party itself for which he recently started to campaign to become its deputy president. Yes, Zaid Ibrahim -- alleged by some including this writer as an UMNO mole -- then resigned from PKR after giving up the deputy president contestmidway. He saw the writing on the wall he was badly trailing Azmin Ali (the eventual new deputy president PKR, duly elected...). All this is history but still stirring up trouble - shit? -- is freemalaysiatoday.com, a website financed by Datuk Soh Chee Wen who came into PKR with purported "generous" funding for PKR but fell out with DS Anwar early this year. It became very clear Soh was running a campaign, in concert with Zaid and Jeffrey Kitingan, to "self-destruct" Parti Keadilan Rakyat, and hence in its wake Pakatan Rakyat in its train, for general consensus is that should PR topple BN in Putrajaya, Anwar would become Prime Minister. I have described Zaid-Soh-Jeffrey as the triumvirate who are the chief moles - Anwar used the term Trojan horse -- who are waging a war against PKR-Awar incessantly the past six months, so much so I had titled my last article as "With Friends Like RPK and Haris Ibrahim, PKR Doesn'T Need Enemies"! (***Reproduced below ith no copyright:)

Malaysian blogger-in-exile in the UK Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) along with his blogger-matey civil rights lawyer Haris Ibrahim have recently given birth to the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) after posting several floating-balloon posts in their blogs espousing the role of The Third Force with the two often contradicting themselves -- I guess they were amending their Articles of Formation of the new NGO, I term it as a SUPRA GOVERNMENT BODY -- along the way as they got blasted quite a lot by writers such as YL Chong-Desi. Many critics of the Third Force/ MCLM including Desi feel at this critical junction, MCLM would mainly play a "Spoilers' Role" in taking part in GE13 when they first had said they would NOT field candidates in the forthcoming General Elections 13 (GE13). The third force would just a sort of "Auditor's Role" like in checking maladminstration in a Listed Company. But Haris proudly announced he had in mind, through the Third Force, fielding 30 candiadtes, and he indeed had approached some 20 of these people of "integrity" an some 16 of them had agreed to stand.

Today I was heartened to read at m2day a LETTER in that now I don't think my viewpoint was isolated when I wrote three articles on the subject, for here below I reproduce the writing from someone even harsher is his/her criticism of RPK's efforst wrt MCLM:(, viz:

Pakatan Rakyat – A pile of shit?


Saturday, 18 December 2010 Combat
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By StraightTalking
Lately I’ve been reading comments from around the blogs; especially comments in Malaysia Today and I find a disturbing trend. Commenters are beginning to use ugly words to describe Pakatan. I won’t repeat them all, but one that is constantly used to disparage Pakatan is to compare it to “a pile of shit”. MY GOD!!! And who encouraged the commenters to use such an unsavory term? RPK.
What the fark has Pakatan done that is so terrible to incur such wrath from RPK and commenters to call them “a pile of shit”. Is Pakatan stealing money from the rakyat? Is Pakatan fanning racial hatred among the rakyat? Is Pakatan dividing the rakyat? Is Pakatan a bunch of corrupted crooks? Is Pakatan a bunch of useless eunuchs? I DON’T THINK SO!!!
True, some MPs turned traitor turned frog in the early days of Pakatan and cost Pakatan to lose Perak. But that does not mean Pakatan had committed a sin. It only committed a mistake for having traitors in their midst! The recent party elections in PKR and DAP were also not sins. In fact, to allow for every member to vote in their leader was a “first” in any political party in Malaysia. It was only a mistake that Pakatan did not anticipate the difficult task of organizing such a massive nation-wide party election with so limited resources and zero experience.
Apart from those two mistakes, all I see are some disagreements now and then. Overall the party’s top level leaders are good, clean and dedicated to serve the rakyat. Aren’t those traits what we want in our leaders? Do we want EVERY Pakatan MP; EVERY Pakatan official; EVERY Pakatan member to be clean, efficient and dedicated before we vote Pakatan? Is that possible? That would be a miracle! And miracles only happen in heaven. There are no miracles on earth. What more do we farking want!
And now, suddenly RPK has decided that Pakatan is no good. In fact his views are that some Pakatan MPs are “not even fit to walk his dog”! I mean what kind of nonsense is this? The self-proclaimed “repairman” now says that MCLM is sent from Heaven to fix things! How wonderful. To add to my thoughts, I’d like to borrow a wise comment made by a reader in MT. He/she says…
“…if MCLM really wants to represent the 'civil liberties' movements, where are the 'unions'? Where are the human rights groups? Where are the NGOs? I don't see them joining the MCLM in droves. If MCLM cannot accept genuine and pure criticism, is it not going to be similar to 'Suhakam', saying the right things but doing the wrong things? Bersih was a better movement by the way! Why not Bersih constituting a massive group under Pakatan and MCLM offering its 'members' as candidates only? The fact that the MCLM refuses the 'orders' from PKR, PAS and DAP and the fact that they fear the leadership of these parties, shows that there is a deep division among the opposition support panels and this will definitely be cannon fodder for the BN to target in the next GE. One last point: The MCLM is being created not at the 'demand' of the people but by the thinking of a group of good intentioned citizens but let me tell you, not all good intents end up in good things!”
I am not a blind fan of Pakatan. I’ve seen all three movies that are now showing in our cinemas:
“BN – The Big Boss”
“Pakatan – The Alternate Big Boss”
“MCLM – The Little Big Boss”
And I’ve been watching all three movies over and over again, including the short “clips” on youtube. I am by now, quite familiar with the actors and the plots in all three movies. If there’s an Oscar nomination for “Best Performance” I’d give it to “Pakatan – The Alternate Big Boss”. “MCLM – The Little Big Boss” deserves no nomination.
Right now, I think the only thing that needs urgent fixing is the “repairman” himself. He should stop taking the “Tongkat Ali” called MCLM. It is actually bad medicine.
Do you agree?

*StraightTalking is a Malaysian blog reader/commenter who does not blog. This is his first letter to Malaysia Today.

DESIDERATA: StraghtTalking, YES, I TOTALLY AGREE TO YOUR QUESTION POSED AT THE END OF YOUR WELL ARTICULATED THINKING ALLOWED/ALOUD!:) "TerimaKasih, Xie, Xie, Thank You:):):)" on behalf of like-minded Malaysians aspiring for a Two-Party/Coalition System, and kicking out BN-UMNO from Putrajaya because their 53-year record shows IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE, and Paktan Rakyat should be given at least one term of 4-5 years in federal government to prove themselves.


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Monday, December 13, 2010


With friends like RPK, Haris Ibrahim, PKR doesn't need enemies

The knives are out for Anwar - Umno offers big money for his scalp
YL Chong

I recently wrote an article thinking aloud why Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) the blogger now-in-exile in Britain has been writing some articles highly critical of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, especially regarding its de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, but I tempered my concern with giving benefit of the doubt to the blogger now resident abroad that he might have been misinformed or disinformed by his cronies back home including civil rights lawyer-cum-blogger Haris Ibrahim.

My main criticism was that RPK had always written promoting Reformasi from 1998, marked by his outstanding role of director of FreeAnwarCampaign (FAC), and generally working in concert with opposition parties and non-governmental organisations(NGOs) towards change in government at the federal level. But recent writings had given rise to concern he was giving lots of ammunition to the ruling BN regime, especialy UMNO, to attack the Pakatan Rakyat. And today's New Sunday Times proves again my point -- its page 9 report shows that following the departure of former PKR deputy presidential candidate Zaid Ibrahim, RPK has become the "flavour of the month" of the MSM.

In fact, most Malaysians long to see the birth of a two-party/coalition system in this country -- surely a central message sent by the March 8, 2008 General Elections (GE12)? My contention is that PR consisting of PKR, DAP and PAS, now form the only viable alternative coalition able to topple the BN government in Putrajaya, and hence must be given a chance to prove themselves. I add that any third force, however well-intentioned, would only become a new impediment to PR's march on Putrajaya.

I have mentioned Haris in tandem with RPK because their efforts in moving civil society often are inter-connected in timing, and objectives, but whether by design or in revision of stands, the duo are caught flat footed in their contradictions when promoting their preferred candidate to take over PKR Zaid Ibrahim, and curently The Third Force in Malaysian politics.

I clearly recall that RPK, in elaborating on the third force, had stressed that it's NEVER meant to field any canidates in the forthcoming general elections, especially the GE13. Using the public-listed companies as an analogy, he said the third force would act like an auditor, to check the listed company's accounts and watch out for discrepancies, or waywardness by its directors and management chiefs. One point I would ask: The listed companies always appoint their own auditors who are qualified for this role, but whose mandate are this third force using to self-appoint themselves as auditors to the three components of the PR?

In fact, in my earlier article I had quoted Haris as saying the third force -- now birthing as Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) in London -- had identified some 30 men/women of integrity to stand as candidates in GE13, and some 20 had agreed to stand, and they would want DAP and PKR to allow these candiadtes to stand under their party banner, according to a Star report dated Nov 17, 2010. I had questioned why would these well established parties with their own selection criteria privatise such an important role to outside parties. This stance was also restated by leaders like PKR strategy director Tian Chua besides Dr Syed Husin.

This Third Force is neither third nor force, according to just retired PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali. In fact he sarcastically shared at a mew conference in conjunction with recent party Congress a "revealing" episode, relating that preceding the March 2008 elections, a representation was made to him to allow a Third Force candidate to stand under PKR banner. Syed Husin knew of this "guy" candidate quite well, so he told off the backers that they should have done a thorough background check and would have found that their nominee was a regular pub-goer who often ended up drunk.

Let me now reproduce the NST report dated December 12, 2010 in full, and I reiterate that the headline itself again proved my point that RPK is providing grist to the MSM to attack PKR and PR frontally, with banner headlines likely to be used by the UMNO campaigners cometh GE13.

'Some PR reps not fit to walk a dog'
2010/12/12

KUALA LUMPUR: Raja Petra Kamaruddin has reiterated his disappointment at what he views as the lack of commitment to reforms by Pakatan Rakyat.

After virtually reprimanding his most recognisable political ally Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at a London political forum on Oct 2 for not honouring campaign promises, the fugitive blogger wrote in his latest blog posting: "But what is Pakatan Rakyat's excuse? Pakatan Rakyat talks about reforms. But what reforms are they themselves introducing?

"They demand that Barisan Nasional reform. Should not Pakatan Rakyat demonstrate what it means by reforms by first of all reforming itself?

"In a nutshell, this is what I mean when I say that the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) seeks to reform the political environment of Malaysia. Note that our target to push for reforms is not just Barisan Nasional but also Pakatan Rakyat.

"And I will continuously write about how things are done elsewhere and ask why we can't also do the same in Malaysia.

"And I will not accept the argument that we can't also do that because our skin is black, brown, cocoa or yellow and not white.

"It is not the external colour of our skin that determines advancement. It is our brain and how we utilise it that will."

At the Oct 2 Friends of Pakatan Rakyat Forum in London with Anwar, and now Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president Tian Chua, Raja Petra launched an attack on Pakatan's failure to implement "not a single one of the reform agenda contained in the People's Declaration".

He said this was an improved version of the Agenda of Change authored by Anwar in 1998.

According to Raja Petra, the People's Declaration was drawn up by what he termed as the civil society movement and was adopted by Pakatan parties as their manifesto for the March 2008 general election.

Three other non-Pakatan parties, too, embraced the People's Declaration, Raja Petra said.

He argued that the move and the spirited efforts of activists and bloggers like him had helped Pakatan gain seats. And now some 21/2 years after the election, not a single one of the reforms had been implemented.

As seen from the video recording of the event, Anwar had smiled approvingly when Raja Petra started addressing the forum but no longer smiled as the speech wore on.

Raja Petra offered not himself, but credible personalities from the civil society movement to be fielded as Pakatan candidates in the next general election.

As for some of the candidates fielded by Pakatan in 2008, Raja Petra, quoting his wife had said, "some of them, I can't even trust to walk my dog".

Raja Petra described them as an embarrassment.

(NST report ends here)


RPK asked in a reaction article to my piece titled "Why RPK is acting out (of character)" asked "Have I really changed?", and in a partial reply, I just said we all as individuals "grow up" with passing years, and that only the person himself or herself (including this writer!) would be able to answer truthfully if he/she has changed characterwise or with respect to the causes he/she once championed. But today, a month later, I conclude that RPK, your struggle has indeed changed direction, and you are treating PKR, and Anwar, as the enemy bigger than BN-UMNO. WHY?

So today when I opened up the New Straits Times, I wasn't surprised by the page 9 lead item headline; totally in character with his previous Oct 13's header: "Umno is Beginning to Look Better Than PKR"


So Pakatan Rakyat be forewarned that you would have to "review" your election strategies with the probable entry of MCLM or Third Force candidates, however you call them, now or revised because the promoters don't seem to know their directions and mandate. Maybe they will be strengthened by their well-linked ally Zaid Ibrahim-- in the next general elections?

The Rakyat/electorate must stay focused and united in rejecting a third, or fourth or fifth force; by contesting, they will only become "spoilers", siphoning off votes from the PR, hence benefiting the BN. Foremost on our mind must be to question where these sudden new forces get their monies from? Whose agenda are they really fighting for ?

Who are you to act like a SUPRA-GOVERNMENT BODY just because you have drawn up a People's Declaration via the People's Parliament via harisibrahim.com? Can an elite group meeting outside the country -- be it in London, Paris or Timbuktu, I care not -- totally a crowd of some 50 to 100 Malaysians carry the Malaysian fight for "A better Malaysia"? If you remain a cyber-voice writing pieces of concern for the homeland, I can live with that. But shortlisting candidates of impeccable character,playing a demi-god role? No, a BIG resounding No!

I end with a recollection of my criticism when it was made known that more than a decade ago, MCA leader Ng Yen Yen was a permanent resident of Australia when she was made a Senator. My stand then was,and still is, that I hold nothing against Malaysians having PR overseas, but I am firm that Yen Yen should NOT remain a Senator and continue to play active role in the country's politics as her loyalties were/are split. In fact, in passing, I too wrote a letter to the PM's Department too objecting to an Aussie PR being appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the Star, more or less on the same principle that one must not have any "conflict-of-interest" situation that often arises with high profile posts.

I too wish that Malaysians abroad who wish to play any significant role such as taking part in the country's elections by initiating or becoming Third Force candidates, or serving as a Cabinet minister, to return home to fight the battles. And help sincerely PR and the people's efforts to win the war for Putrajaya.

Why launch an MCLM in London, and announcing candidates to shove down the PR component parties throats? Maybe the BN regime under Najib Tun Razak will be more accomodating absorbing them -- hence the direct Barisan Nasional membership?

The UMNO leaders seem suddenly to become reform-minded, and so willing to co-opt Taiwan-returned graduate-rapper "Namewee" aka Wee Meng Chee -- why not also co-opt the 20 men of integrity nominated by Haris Ibrahim? I wonder if indeed we are seeing the emergence of The Third Force or The Third Farce?
 

REPRISE2:

Tuesday, January 03, 2012


MCLM Prez Haris Ibrahim resigns, but can you still trust him?

As far as I am concerned, I DON'T!

When I could see through RPK from more than a year ago after noticing his change from pro-Opposition to singing praises of the UMNO leaders especially Najib Razak, whose wife RPK even had given the "IMPRESSION" was at the scene of Altantuya's murder, how could Haris act only now? Many would say: Give him the benefit of the doubt -- NO, Desi WON'T.

You ask WHY?

Here's the revealinglist displayed at Haris' blog called the People's Parliament, Right Hand Corner -- under

Pages

You can clealy see from the above that Haris and his obedientORsubservient-to-RPK tribe have been calling for BOYCOTTING THE MSM. But they, RPK and Haris himself, featured prominently in the MSM like The Star and TV3 and NST last year, or maybe these two want to imitate the famed Dr Mahathir Mohamad: Saya sudah lupa! (?) OR izzit "Saya Mudah Lupa?" knowing that many Malaysians indeed have short memories -- luckily newsdogs not among them!

How convenient is the TIMING --RPKTgiving an exclusive interview to TV3 just before the Sarawak State Elctions?

Now, how again coincidental the right TIMING that fugitive blogger appears to give simultaneous interviews to mostly MSM like NST, Mingguan Utusan etc? Of course he gave a special interview to some bodek online portal (financed by one Datuk John Soh) -- all these TIMED when the GE13 is impending, with most speculation latest by April 2012!


Okay, let me background you a little after posting up theSun's report on Haris' resignation and extracting some other points from his own statement at PP:_

MCLM president Haris Ibrahim quits

PETALING JAYA (Jan 3, 2012): Malaysian Civil Liberty Movement (MCLM) president Haris Ibrahim (pix) yesterday announced his resignation from the post, citing disappointment with recent controversial statements made by its chairman, exiled-blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin.
Haris in a blog post, claimed Raja Petra's statements, published in an interview with an English daily, had contradicted the ideals on which the movement was formed in late 2010.
Haris claimed Raja Petra had undermined the movement's mission to create a single, united society, when the latter told the paper that "the Egypt-style people’s revolution was not an answer for Malaysia due to the delicate racial balance. They (Chinese voters) don’t want Tahrir Square type of change".
"These comments just referred to greatly undermine efforts I am making, albeit through MLCM, in the 'Anything But Umno' initiative," Haris said, adding that he is saddened by the fact that Raja Petra should continue to see Malaysians as "Malays, Chinese, Indians, and Others".
"I remain committed to all efforts to see this a nation of a single people, all equal," he said.
Haris also denied that the movement had decided not to field any candidates in the upcoming general elections, despite Raja Petra claiming so in the same interview.
"Matters of policy and direction of MCLM were to be determined and made after mutual consultation and consensus between us. I can confirm now that no such decision has been made after due consultation," he said.
He added that it was impossible for him to continue to serve MCLM as its president, in light of the circumstances.
"I have communicated my resignation to (Raja Petra) by email," he said.
Despite being labelled a "third force" to rival Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat in the movement's early days, both Haris and Raja Petra had insisted that the movement was meant as a pro-rakyat force, intending to empower civil society and initiate change.
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Patience, OK, I will come back to serve my ER (esteemedreaders, not like RPK and his lapdogs who won't tolerate contrarian views from their sifu RPK, who they worship like a GOD without room for human flaws!

STAY TUNED

Continued @1.50PM:

I reprise here my own article that Malaysia Chronicle published slightly more than a year ago, which for the record, earned the great RPK's wrath, and led to a FACE-OFF with no less than four long blog and news online exchanges!:(

If outsiders looking in at MCLM from afar could see the "change in character" of the
MCLM chairman hiding out in London, I wonder WHY it took Haris so long, flying in and out of Malaysia to London, Thailand and whatever holiday resorts (funded by UK philanthropists, Haris?) to realise RPK has his own "selfish" agenda? Even after the TV3 interview given last year, Haris and his band of diehard RPK supporters still did NOT see through his UMNO-led agenda?

Hey, Haris, you launched a boycott of mainstream media -- which must also include the Star and the TV3, no? -- and yet you found it beneficial to sell MCLM medicine to the Malaysian public who only wanted to see a two-party or two-coalition emerge in the GE13?

So Haris, what's your real agenda?

You compromised Bersih 2.0 with SABM representation but at the same time you and RPK wanted MCLM to play a poltical role -- anticipating a kingmaker role with a "hung Parliament" that RPK predicted?

I pray you do NOT also hijack ABU --Anything But UMNO (
Asalkan Bukan UMNO) agenda along the way!Sunday, December 12, 2010

With friends like RPK, Haris Ibrahim, PKR doesn't need enemies

The knives are out for Anwar - Umno offers big money for his scalp
I recently wrote an article thinking aloud why Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) the blogger now-in-exile in Britain has been writing some articles highly critical of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, especially regarding its de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, but I tempered my concern with giving benefit of the doubt to the blogger now resident abroad that he might have been misinformed or disinformed by his cronies back home including civil rights lawyer-cum-blogger Haris Ibrahim.
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(NOTE from YL, Desi: The rest of the story has been earlier REPRODUCED in REPRISE1...Thank you for your attention:)~~ YL)
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UPDATEd @4.98PM (See how heART Desi works for his ER?:)

I will now extract the last portion of Malaysia Chronicle's article by Mathias Gomes and Stan Lee ~~
I quote from ..."The undressing of a false icon: RPK is coming home!"

Pakatan is stronger than you now, even the Umno bloggers are better than you now
If Anwar were not important, then why would Najib want to pay you so much or spend so much effort to get you to speak from his side. Why keep going after his arch rival Anwar? What is so great about Anwar if he is not really so great?
Also, sad to say despite the sensational interviews in the Malay newspapers, I don't think many Malaysians will be sidetracked from the NFC scandal, the UPSI police brutality and the Adam Adli protests or the January 9 Sodomy II verdict. The results will be the same. The people will hate Umno more because of Najib and Rosmah. In the end, it will not be Anwar who would have lost because of your interviews. It is you yourself, dear RPK, who has wagered and lost - lost badly.
No, my dear RPK, today you have bought your freedom and will be coming home soon. I think there is "udang sebalik batu" in your case, and I beg to differ when you just said you don't care about your detractors like me or what we think.
The sad truth is that people like Big Dog Zakhir Mohamad, Rocky's Bru Ahhrrudin Attan and even Parupu Kari or Papagomo are better people than you now, RPK. At least they stay true to their roots and not stoop so low that you can smell the shit in their pants.
Anyway wish you the best for old times sake, and goodbye to you and Malaysia Today.
Malaysia Chronicle

DESIDERATA:

I especially find this paragraph so discerning of the two writers, and it reflects my view too because I can engage the pro-UMNO bloggers in public discourse without resorting to threats and creating fiction to run down the opposing parties:~~"The sad truth is that people like Big Dog Zakhir Mohamad, Rocky's Bru Ahhrrudin Attan and even Parupu Kari or Papagomo are better people than you now, RPK. At least they stay true to their roots and not stoop so low that you can smell the shit in their pants."


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REPRISE3 from the HORSE'S sh* tty MOUTH at People's Parliament:~~~

Tian Chua, have you been a bad, bad boy?

Posted on July 28, 2011
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On 21st July, the police went public with their version of what transpired in KL on 9th July at the BERSIH 2.0 rally.
We all know what ought to be done with most of what was said by the Internal Security and Public Order chief Salleh Rashid at Bukit Aman that day.
However, something he is reported by FreeMalaysiaToday as having said caught my attention.
“One of the clips shown today depicted policemen facing protesters in the rain in front of the Puduraya bus station. Referring to the protesters, Salleh said: “We can see them gathering, even though we gave them warning.”
Salleh also pointed to a similar occurrence in front of the KL Sentral complex, saying the police “did nothing even though the demonstrators were in front”.
He said tear gas was fired only when a group led by Batu MP Tian Chua allegedly charged at the riot squad.
5 of the BERSIH 2.0 steering committee members, myself included, were at the scene that Salleh speaks of, being the culmination of a journey through KL Sentral, after having left KL Hilton, down the escalator

Down the escalator to the level where the LCCT coaches are parked. Photo credited to Malaysiakini
leading to the level where the LCCT coaches are parked, and through the passage by which those coaches would make their way to Jalan Tun Sambanthan enroute to the LCCT.
Quite frankly, I was baffled by this eleventh hour planned route, after it bacame obvious that the original plan to have us taken to the Masjid Negara and to lead the crowd from there to the Stadium Merdeka became unworkable.
The plan was still to try and get to Stadium Merdeka.
It would have made more sense to turn right, having exited from the hotel, and take the wide open road that led straight onto Jalan Tun Sambanthan and then straight to Stadium Merdeka.
Instead, we were directed into KL Sentral, after the police cordon blocking the entrance  had been pushed aside.
Twice, a lawyer present came and warned me that the FRU was already waiting for us.
Once, inside the KL Sentral, and the second, after we had gone down the escalator to where the LCCT coaches were, and were already on the road usually taken by those coaches to exit the KL Sentral complex.
I received this video clip from an eye witness who was present at the point where our group came face to face with the FRU.
You will see from the 49th/50th second into the video clip that what Salleh said is true.
Some of the frontliners appear to have charged out before the tear gas was fired.
From the video clip, you will not hear anyone giving the order to charge the FRU.
However, I have heard from 3 independent sources, all present at the scene in question and two of whom I have too much respect for to disbelieve, that Tian Chua did in fact give the order to charge that led to those frontliners breaking rank and charging the FRU.
We were supposed to rally peacefully.
We were not supposed to be the aggressors.
The MP of Batu owes us all an explanation.
Can we hear from you on this, please, YB?

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DESIDERATA: will try to retrieve a ****REBUTTAL (Patience OK?...) to Haris Ibrahim's using POLICE VERSION of the Bersih rally (above) to attack a fellow OPPOSITION -- MP of Batu -- and this Trojan Horse named Haris claims he has given support/"taken a chance" with Anwar since August 2008?

*******SEE UPDATE below se7en starred: @3Pm May 19, 2016: Will try to update with another post tomorrow, cun? -- YL, Desi

Meanwhile, read the last, not the least, of my reprise below, I hear some whisper'd SIGHS, yes, I hear Ye, I'm tired2! YL, Desi:~~~

REPRISE4:


Thursday, February 23, 2012


Facing Off with RPK Again, ****RELUCTANTLY!

The following is republished from The Malaysia Chronicle, so the writing is chiefly according to journalistic style except for a few digs hear/here and dare/there. If readers wish to comment on this piece, please go to malaysia-chronicle.com: if need to, I will banter with thee dare, OK! Have a cuppa of tehtarik with me if you can find your way to Te Miang Corner where the lads are critically thoughtful, and the ladies are Peytonesquely pretty like Mia Farrow. If you are wondering what Desi's sayting, please know it's some DDC at work.

**** RELUCTANTLY means that Desi sat on RPK's two-parter for almost a week as my encounter with the refugee writter de last/lust time left a damned bad taste in my mouth -- poisoned like the rascal's ARSEnic tongue cooking up fictional allegations against me relating to some OSA-documents which I myself and M Chronicle dared NOT publish, and had handed the alleged documents to him(RPK) to publish at his m@day blog... I rubbished RPK's writes as his imagination having gone wild and hitting below-the-belt. The last repartee for the turncoat writer living in luxury hyding out in London in the Face-Off more than a year ago was: "RPK, you are a liar and a coward" and this conclusion still holds as far as Desi is concerned.


Try to enjoy the article reproduced below and my appeal is: If you need to engage, do it with civility. If RPK, Haris and their MCLM cohorts don't like what I dish out, you think I care? "They can get the hear out of hell!" Cheers, YL, de nu'eshound, Desi, de BUMmer, knottyaSsusual


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Wednesday, 22 February 2012 14:38

John Soh funded Anwar's Sept 16? Must be rubbish from RPK, with Haris leading the chorus

Written by YL Chong
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Fugitive blogger living the high life in London Raja Petra Kamarudin is again spinning tall tales to bash Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, now using attribution to a third party, tycoon John Soh Chee Wen, in making several serious allegations.
The two have a common bond between them – Soh was also a fugitive for some three years, including hiding in London, after the Securities Commission issued a warrant of arrest on then high-flier MCA politician-cum-businessman Soh in conjunction with share-trading offences in Omega securities working in cahoots with then MCA president Dr Ling Liong Sik’s son, Hee Leong, which I would refer to later.
Let's get down to it ...
Okay, quoting from RPK’s two-parter article of February 15 and 16:
“September the 16th of 2008 was supposed to be the day that Pakatan Rakyat takes over the federal government. But to do that Anwar has to first persuade at least 30 Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament to cross over.
Getting 30 Barisan National Members of Parliament to cross over was not that much of a problem. All it needs is money, RM300 million to be exact — to pay each Member of Parliament RM10 million as an ‘inducement’ to cross over. The problem would be: after paying them the RM300 million, which would have to be in advance, of course, how can they be assured that Umno would not up the figure by RM15 million and buy them back?"
Reference was also made to Anwar having “billions stashed away overseas”, when RPK reported Soh as challenging Anwar to fund the 30 BN members of parliament at RM10million apiece in crossing over to Pakatan Rakyat in the incident popularly referred to as “916.
Not for privatization
I spoke to PKR vice-president Tian Chua, and he rebutted RPK’s latest writings as all fiction, to the effect that this RPK thinks so high and mightily of John Soh as a strategist that we are so lacking as to resort to co-opt him to become the party’s think tank?
Tian laughed at the ridiculousness of it all. And while acknowledging that Soh did contribute some monies to help the PKR headquarters at Tropicana Square, the MCA tycoon’s contributions did not run into “tens or hundreds of millions” as RPK would like to give the impressions of.
Tian added that while the party welcomed financial contributions from the public, not that their contributions could “buy influence” of the party’s decision-makers, especially like privatizing the strategy director’s post (which Tian once held, now passed on to a former Petronas top executive, Rafizi Ramli).
As Anwar did pledge, no way would the party “use money to buy” over the 30-odd MPs in the weeks before the 916 incident. Tian pointed out the “contradiction” in RPK’s third-party allegations that Anwar had billions stashed overseas; if this was true, why then the need to seek out Soh’s help for that RM300million?
"Yes, the more parties were involved in such a “secret plan” – nothing less than a change of government! -- the more likelihood of exposure/expose before time, hence failure of the plot, isn’t it?” Desi’s thinking aloud.
Soh's 'brilliant' mind
RPK also attributed to Soh’s brilliant mind chiefly responsible for Anwar’s comeback win at Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election, which again Tian laughed off as RPK’s fictional dish. My media sources did tell me RPK helped out Nurul Izzah Anwar’s maiden campaign in Lembah Pantai, and finally succeeded in overthrowing now Cowgate chief Sharizat Jalil.
By the way mention, this band of Nurul-supporters have their own dark agenda, including RPK’s lieutenant Haris, as seen in Zaid’s campaign for PKR deputy presidency. These low-down curs tried various ways to drive a wedge between father-and-daughter, with many so-called bloggers cheering Nurul to step in to contest the deputy president’s post on Zaid’s voluntary withdrawal. As they say, the rest is history – Zaid departed before the final whistle, and Nurul – credit to her her intelligence! – did not bite the bait.
And after RPK’s salvo using third party Soh to spin fiction, MCLM erstwhile chairman, Haris Ibrahim, continues with his supra-nomral role – I term him the chief of RPK’s chorus line. Haris first gives great benefit of the doubt to RPK’s allegations and ASSUMING THAT SOH’S WORD IS GOSPEL TRUTH, is now leading the chorus.
(Digressing a bit/byte -- Many blog readers thought there was a parting of ways when Haris resigned as Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) chairman just days after the can-do-no-wrong “great” RPK gave Malaysians a New Year’s gift in a long interview with several MSM – berating, who else, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. Was I surprised? No, as my series of “Face-Off” with RPK articles showed, which I ended with calling him a Liar and a coward, and I then decided to no more engage the refugee blogger.
Snubbed by Anwar
Likewise, I remember several days after RPK’s second-round interview with MSM, Anwar snubbed RPK back with a telling “I have not communicated with RPK” since his exclusive interview with TV3, JUST SHORTLY BEFORE THE SARAWAK STATE ELECTIONS.
Many Malaysians wish to see the emergence of a two-party or two-coalition system and they suddenly woke up to “RPK’s turncoating ways” and still wish to see – unlike RPK and his cohorts --Anwar succeed to becoming the next Prime Minister.
I also believe the more RPK continues the fiction writing, the greater probability of Pakatan Rakyat’s charge towards Putrajaya will succeed. The more such so-called third forces, now seeing a new babe like Hasan Ali thrown out by PAS, try to throw the spanner into the wheel for change, the better are the chances for a change of the federal government. The Rakyat want to see the emergence of a two-coalition system, and third forces will just become irritants like mosquitoes swirling around your ears at bedtime.
WHO ARE THE ALTRUISTIC SPONSORS?
Besides John Soh, who did you think would be funding RPK’s high-living in London, capitalizing on his super ego and helping his imagination go wild with episode after episode bashing Anwar?
Yes, if you believe the supra-normal duo, some philanthropist handed them wearing MCLM patriotic banner RM10million as launching donation. Yes, if you believe the donors would have given it in one lump sum, that would be as na├»ve as kindies kids! This money will be handed out in instalments, or stopped midstream, if the fictional accounts, ala the “Arabian 1001 Nights”, don’t measure up to the sponsor’s expectations.
Some background
Something on Soh’s background pre-PKR days, from Harakah, end-2010:
The emergence of John Soh
The motive of Soh's entry into the party has been mysterious. A former stockbroker-businessman, Soh's emergence in PKR has raised eyebrows because of his past links to former Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin, ex-MCA president Ling Liong Sik and his son Hee Leong.
In 2002, Soh was arrested on arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport after having fled the country in 1999 in the wake of the Asian financial crisis. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to two charges of securities fraud and was fined a total of RM6 million, or 30 months jail for each charge in default of payment.
Nonetheless, he surprised many business people and those in the MCA circles, when after the 2008 general election, he openly declared his financial support for Anwar and the PKR. Soh has often been seen operating from the party headquarters in Tropicana when Salehuddin was still the secretary-general.
So Haris still working in cahoots with his mentor threw a challenge to Opposition Leader Anwar with an article dated 21 Feb 2012 titled:
Anwar, can we hear from you on this, please?
Which Malaysia-today.net carried, and I won’t even dignity using any extract, but just the title
because the above Title says it all.
Bear with Desi if I now recall some incidents for background okay! (This is a statement, not a question because Bloggers so sometimes take their readers lightly, LOL (LOL for non-BUMmers like Desi, means “Laughing out loud”, still allowed)
This People’s Parliament guy called Haris is unbelievable – he launched a Boycott MSM campaign and thinks all of us have short memories – like what Dr Mahathir Mohamad says, “Rakyat Mudah Lupa!” – but he and RPK don’t blink an eye giving exclusive interviews to The Star when it suits their half-royal convenience.
Also, he says he identifies with the masses, but recounting the last Bersih 2.0 rally, he supported the PDRM by using their video to tarnish Batu MP Tian Chua’s reputation by alleging that from viewing a mere police-produced video, Tian Chua had provoked the police by challenging the law-enforcers, ordering the protestors to “charge forward”!
Hey, which madman would order your subordinates totally without arms except for God-gifted two to rush at the police armed with batons and tea-gas and water-cannons? Haris had the gall to even call on Tian to “apologise”, and of course, the Soh-financed FreeMalaysiaToday highlighted cohort Haris’ denigrating post on Tian. Is this “Vendetta” because Tian on his party behalf stung them with outright rejection when MCLM urged that their 20 selected candidates be allowed to contest under PKR and DAP banners?
Third Farce
At that time, Haris termed themselves as The Third Force, but then PKR deputy President Dr Syed Husin Ali described it as not a force at all, more like The Third Farce. Then the esteemed doctor of philosopher shared with the media a revealing incident regarding a previous attempot to field MCLM-like candidate under PKR – it turned out that Dr Husin had to ask them in their faces: “ You know your proposed candidate used to requent the pubs and end the night quite drunk?”
My question to RPK and his cohort, which I voiced before: WHO ART THOU THAT THE OPPOSITION LEADER MUST ANSWER TO YOU? You are merely NGO activcisits who use all sorts of changing platforms – Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia, People’s Parliament, MCLM etc , now trying to “hijack ABU”?--to suit your agenda and think you are at the same level and status as an Opposition Leader? Hey, you are not even at the same level as Tian, at least he is a current MP, and had served as PKR information and strategy chief capacities, now an “elected” Vice-president.
Hey, Haris, you wanna play politics? -- then join-lah any of the established political parties. Maybe join loser Zaid Ibrahim – with whom you have a close affair, fighting his battles for PKR deputy president’s post, posting up daily article focusing on all the flaws of PKR’s bold attempt at giving every member one vote in the party’s elections.
Both you and RPK of course, like many UMNO leaders, maintain elegant silence with regard to Zaid’s one-year-reign at chief of KITA, and encountering endless internal fights, and he’s now riding into the sunset, taking along with him the new party. Haris, since you travel so often to East Malaysia, maybe join Jeffrey Kitinggan’s Sabah STAR and help him pull Sabah out of Malaysia?
In conclusion ...
Note that about two years ago, I have labeled Zaid-Jeffrey-Soh as the Triumvirate trying to unseat Azmin Ali as potential PKR chief successor, even destroy PKR from within, for brilliant strategists among them were planning to win several parliament seats under Pakatan Rakyat banner, and in a similar scenario as the Perak state assembly close to a “hung Parlaiment” as RPK often predicted for GE13, then they would become “kingmakers”. Anwar had referred to “Trojan horses” in the run-up to the party’s colourful party elections – colour coming from the likes of daily reporter like non-member Haris! --which I believe included at least one, if not, all three of them…I mean the Trojan Horses.
May I conclude with a commenter’s remark to Haris’ chorus line:
So why the surprise that cross over can happen without monetary gains. Next the statement is not from RPK, it is from Soh, did he try to get some contracts in Selangor and Penang but did not succeed? Of course the story teller is smart, he sprinkled some truth to give his fairy tale credibility.
Please guys, focus on the bigger picture.. be genuine to bring change and reform, don't spoil the change agenda and be easily affected by noise created by some little mice.
By the way, I like the work you are doing.
Kind Regards
Singha
“Dear Malaysians, keep faith,
Stay the Course with PRand especially AnwarJ
Signing off,
YL, Desi, knottyaSsusual










‘Tian was running away from riot police’

 | July 29, 2011
PKR's version of the police video is that Tian Chua was running away and the police have twisted it to say he was charging at them.
PETALING JAYA: PKR today came to the defence of its vice-president Tian Chua by saying that he was actually running away from the riot police, and not charging at them, during the July 9 Bersih rally.
Subang MP R Sivarasa explained that Tian Chua was running away from the police rather than attacking them during an incident at an underpass at KL Sentral.
“Police seem to be focusing on Tian Chua running out of the underpass, trying to suggest that he was charging at the police and therefore they fired tear gas. But the videos show that that’s a complete lie,” said Sivarasa.
“What Tian Chua was doing was that he was trying to get out of the space as quickly as possible. When coming out of the tunnel you can see from the video he was running to the right, out of the path of the tear gas.”
Sivarasa said if Tian Chua had any intention to attack the police, he could have come directly face-to-face with the light strike force.
Sivarasa was speaking to the press at the PKR headquarters today where the party showed some video clips taken from the day of the rally, which strengthened its claim that the police acted in a brutal manner in dispersing the protesters.
Last week, the police made public their own video clips to show that they were provoked by the protesters. They also claimed that Tian Chua had charged at them.
Pointing to two video clips today, Sivarasa said these clips showed that Tian Chua had veered to the right and was immediately detained by the police together with others who followed him.
“It was a foolish statement by the police and some bloggers had repeated it. Tian Chua knew the police were going to shoot tear gas and had made a judgment call to get out of the firing line.
“The moment he moved, the shooting started and he was able to escape,” said Sivarasa.
Lies and distortion
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PKR vice-president N Surendran, who was also present at the press conference, said that it also does not make sense that police had continued shooting about 10 more canisters when Tian Chua and the charging group had already moved to the side.
“The police’s lie and distortion was spread by others, including bloggers who accepted the lie. Our problem is not with the bloggers but the police who started this false version,” he said.
Yesterday, Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Haris Ibrahim questioned Tian Chua’s alleged aggressive actions during the confrontation with the police in the tunnel.
The blog post entitled, “Confirmed: Tian Chua was a bad, bad boy!” demanded an explanation from the Batu MP as to why he had led a charge of a few protesters towards the police.
Haris had also posted a clip (above) showing Tian Chua counting down from three to one and leading a charge straight at the riot police who then fired at them.
In response, Tian Chua stated in a statement yesterday that the edited video which showed him leading the demonstrators did not give the true picture of what happened at the tunnel that day.
He added “the witch-hunt whether on me or other participants cannot absolve the guilt of brutality on July 9”.
Also read:
Explain, Haris tells ‘bad boy’ Tian

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