Monday, October 11, 2010

We can't trust politicians from BN and PR???

The crossroads of my life
Sunday, 10 October 2010 Super Admin

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Later today I am going home. I spent the last ten days in London to attend the 2nd October talk with Anwar Ibrahim, Tian Chua and Tunku Abdul Aziz and to conference with friends and associates to discuss what the future holds for all of us. That is why you have not heard from me for about week now, other than the MACC revelations in The Corridors of Power.

As you may be aware, I also celebrated my 60th birthday on 27th September and my friends chipped in to buy me a birthday present, a Roland electronic drum set. I suppose I am going to spend more time polishing up on my drumming rather than writing articles. Anyway, I shall try to balance my time so that my drumming does not cause my writing to suffer. My friends have threatened to repossess the drum set if I start slacking in my writing.

I am now eligible for a ‘freedom pass’ so I can actually ride the public transport either free of charge or on a discounted fare. I am also eligible for many other free services and discounts, even when I go to the cinema. So life of a 60 year old is pretty nifty here in the UK with my senior citizen status.

I consider myself at the crossroads of my life, not just because I am now 60 but because of the current developments in Malaysia. And that is why I decided to take a ten-day break and just chill out and jam. As I write this I am awaiting the rest of the gang who are coming over to jam. We may even put on a show at the end of next month for a farewell gig for one of our friends who will be leaving for home after spending more than a decade working outside Malaysia.

My friends, associates and family are quite divided on what I should do from hereon. I am not in a hurry to go back to Malaysia. I have a house here and am quite comfortable in my new surroundings, the country of my birth. I do still have family in Malaysia. But I also have many family members here in the UK -- brother, sisters, cousins, children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and their children who would be my cucu saudara. So I am not quite alone or detached from the family.

The question would be where I would want to be buried. My mother and my maternal grandparents are buried here. My father and my paternal grandparents are buried in Malaysia. So does it really matter where my final resting place is going to be? One place is as good as another and once you are no longer a member of this world it really does not matter too much when you would not be aware of it anyway.

I am going to reflect on the situation these next two months till the end of November. In December, subject to what happens over these two months, I shall have to make my decision. And in January, whatever that decision may be, I shall embark on the next phase of my life. What that decision is going to be will all depend on what I see over these two months.

I am still committed to The Peoples’ Declaration. That is going to be the foundation of what I embark upon. I believe that Malaysia needs reforms and The Peoples’ Declaration clearly spells out what these reforms should be. And I am prepared to work with any group, movement or political party that can commit itself to these reforms.

I earlier spoke about the Third Force. This idea has met with mixed reactions. The Third Force can be anything. It can be a political party. It can be a movement. Or it can simply be a group of like-minded Malaysians who share the aspirations defined by The Peoples’ Declaration. Ultimately, it would be a grouping of Malaysians who seek change or reforms.

Malaysia needs change. Initially we thought that Pakatan Rakyat would be that agent for change. But after more than two years we are not seeing Pakatan Rakyat walk the talk. And because of events like the Selangor PAS internal skirmish between the liberals and the conservatives, the Selangor DAP mud slinging, the Perak DAP public quarrel, and now the PKR party election fiasco, it appears like the three Pakatan Rakyat parties are no different from the parties in the Barisan Nasional coalition.

Can we trust Pakatan Rakyat to be that agent for change? All I can see is the same shit that we see in Barisan Nasional. The only thing is the shit in Barisan Nasional is bigger. But shit is still shit, whatever the size.

I am proposing a meeting of the members of the civil society movements to discuss where we go from here. The focus must be about how to seek change as laid out in The Peoples’ Declaration. Can the current political structure serve our purpose of seeking this change? Can Pakatan Rakyat still be that agent for change?

I don’t know the answer to this, at least not yet. I hope that by December the scenario would be clearer and that by then we will know exactly what we must do. Is this aspiration an exercise in futility? Should I instead plan the rest of my life around just lazing in the sun on a Mediterranean beach with a drink in my hand and a cigar in my mouth?

I do not hide my disappointment and disgust with Malaysian politicians and Malaysian politics. I feel we can no longer trust politicians from both sides of the political divide. It may be time to take back power from the politicians and give it to the people. But how do we do that? I don’t know. And I hope by December it would be clearer.

I have choices as to what to do with the rest of my life, many choices, in fact. I can, if I want, be selfish and make a choice that serves me best. But that choice may not quite be what is best for Malaysia or for the people of Malaysia. So my final choice may have to be laced with some sacrifice and will have to take into consideration what is also good for Malaysia and Malaysians. And what that is I am yet to decide.

I suppose life is such. It is never so simple and straightforward. Anyway, let me stop here for the meantime and get back to my drums and hopefully by Christmas you and I will be clear in our minds as to what we need to do come the new year.

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  1. RPK, at para 7, u seem concerned about where will u be buried if u die ..LOL..LMAO.. For all its worth in this world and the next world, u ought and for God's sake be worried about where would u go to after ur deat- Heaven or HELL?. It seems u are concerned about that at all ! In the earlier pargraphs u admit u are very much at home in the uk..many family members are also there..hummmmm. and u aren't worried about going back to M'sia. This, merely shows that Malaysia is not ur priority, u have no real loyalty to the Nation BUT to ur self-existent and confort. HAVE A NICE LIFE IN THE UK and just FxxK OFF ! Can anyone forward this to that AxxHOLE RPK , Plzzzzzzzz.

  2. The politics of hate, in this case hating BN practiced by the PR people disguised in the form of reform movement, democracy, transparency, morally upright political behaviour and other big words have, to many keen political observers, been a suspect all these years but to those Anwar fanatics and BN haters these things were for real. Now these people, at least some of them, having tasted a little power obtained by default, are showing their monstrousness which makes one to believe that they are nothing much more than political charlatans out to deceive the people. However please take RPK’s stand with a pinch of salt.
    Hidup BN!

  3. he is telling the truth

  4. Kermarin, ramai YB YB kita berada di Miri dan menumui YAB PM untuk mendapat simpati dipilih baru untuk bertanding dalam pilihan raya negeri nanti. Salah saorang dari rombongan adlah YB dari Pantai Damai Dr Abvd Rahman Junaidi yang hilang kepercayaan ramai dari pendudok khasnya dari kekwasan BGS dan sampai ke Hilir Petra jaya, Kuching. Kahilangan penmghormatan YB ini adalah kerana rata rata Ketua kaum dari kewasan ini telah menimbulkan keresahan Rakyat dan yang menjadi mangsa adalah YB Dr Abd Rahman. YB ini bergantung dan percaya kpd pihak KK kewasan yang sebaliknya tidak menjalankan tugas dengan ekhlas senantiasa beri laporan tidak lengkap kpd YB, sampai ada berberapa aduan dikemukakan kpd YB tetapi tidak diambil berat oleh YB, maka dengan itu, rakyat hilang percaya kpd YB Dr Rahman. Sampai urusan gerai BGS dikuasaai oleh kekanda YB dan juga pasar tani FAMA juga dikuasainya. Akhirnya pergi ke MIRI untuk mendapat simpati YAB untuk dapat sokongan dicalunkan adalah tidak sesuai dan YAB kena fikir dua kali untuk mencalunkan YB Dr kekewasan Pantai Damai.Dan YB Dr telah berkhidmat selama 3 pangal dan apa perubahan yang telah didbawanya kekewasan kami? Jika ada lawatan pihak Pembangkang kekewasan Kampung, baru YB Dr datang melawat Kampung kami dan coba mentanteramkan rakyat yang sudah pun hilang kapercayaan kpd YB Dr. YB Dr selalu minta orang ramai bersabar diatas kelambataan kaperluan asas saperti parit dan jalan dalam kampung, tetapi ramai sanggup bersabar tetapi tidak atas sikap kurang ajarnya Ketua Kampung (KK) yang menjalankan tugas sambil lewa yang punya agenda tersendiri untuk menjatuhkan YB.Oleh itu jangan YB salahkan orang kampung jika kali ini nanti YB kalah dalam pilihanraya akan datang.

  5. Hoi Abang Kassim.. apa hal u tok sibuk sibuk? kalau u empun rasa nak menjadi calon, saya rasa sik layak.. U sik dapat nanggar kah waterfront udah di polah, jambatan udah di polah, gerai udah di polahemua ya atas usaha YB kita. mun u madah sik ada apa-apa memang pelik. U tok pendatang kah? atau u tok sengaja nak memburukkan YB? atau u memang kecewa sik dapat apa-apa dari pihak YB atau kerajaan?

    cermin muka dolok ok?

  6. Saudaraa pro Dr Rahman, U juga cermin muka u dulo, macam manusia kah atau macam monyet, berkukut dengan Dr Abd Rahman , udah juga sik cukup untuk sidaknya U mahu berhimpit juga? sedaralah saudara jangan macam kera kena belacan, ya lah rupa U tok.

  7. Sdr Sdr, minta semua baca dan faham carita di Miri yang YB YB bertemu dengan PM. Sampee ada YB tetapi nama sik dibri ada coba caritakan yang beliau masih bolih mengekalkan kekdudokkannya dalam pilihanraya nanti, carita tok dicarita oleh YB Datu Daud Abd Rahman, dan geli hati kita semua , mungkin kah YB ya orang yang kita sebut sebut tok. Mana mana sidak yang udah tiga pangal, undur lah dan beri peluang kpd orang lain untuk sama sama mencari rezki tambahan.?Beri peluang sidak yang pro DR Rahman, semadi ia berkukut ditepi kain kakak YB.Kasihanilah ia.

  8. Hoi Abg Kassim (nama samaran)memang sah u tok pendatang, sik tauk pekembangan semasa.. Sik pandei bersyukur.. Mun rasa nak berebut habuan dari YB, ya bukan cara kamek.. mungkin u takut dgn bayang2 sendiri..

    Rasa-rasanya u tok sik berapa tauk tentang politik pembangunan nak? Atau mungkin jugak hanya nanggar dari luar ajak, kak ya lalu bunyi burong murai cerita nok pelik-pelik..

    Sedarlah diri dah tua kita tok..2-3 hari gik mati, kubor belakang kampong juak.. Tang diam jak sia!!

    Mun rasa Abang kassim dah pandei gilak..silakan masuk gelanggang, jagn main nganok orang. ok? Cermin muka lok sekali lagik.. who are you!!!?