Bravest Internet Hero of our time

Bravest Internet Hero warrior of our time

 

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We must not forget the truth that any HERO would definitely be seen by the people on the other side of political divide as a Villain.

 

In any war, our Heroes would be the worse enemies of our opponents.

In the true sense of the word, a warrior is a man/woman_

  • who has a clear and guiding moral code of honour
  • and is someone who serves others in the interests of social justice
  • and who normally stands up unfailingly for the cause of righteous justice,
  • fighting in a noble and measured way when required,
  • and doing so with wisdom and a tenacious quality of strength
  • that somehow is able to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and odds.

Even when their cause appears lost or hopeless,

  • warriors rarely give up their cause,
  • persevering on with admirable courage,
  • even being prepared to lay down their lives
  • or to put it on the line for their cause,
  • which nearly always has something to do with serving and protecting others who are less able to do so from some human cruelty or injustice inflicted on them unjustly by what is termed as man’s inhumanity to man.

 All true warriors_

  • have this innate noble quality of heroism
  • and that is why they often become inspirational role-models to emulate
  • and iconic heroes of the people.

 The best example of a Malaysian warrior hero in this genre is, in my view, the legendary DYMM Raja Petra Kamaruddin

 

 DYMM Raja Petra Kamaruddin stood by Anwar Ibrahim in the early days of his rebellion against monumental odds and was arrested under the ISA for his efforts. He was a tireless webmaster for the official Reformasi website and that subsequently led to his launching Malaysia Today – a “no holds barred” local news portal that has played a crucial role in exposing the dark side of Umno-BN and gained an immense readership. Indeed, RPK grew to be such a thorn in BN’s backside a police report was filed against him by an Umno hatchetman and he was interrogated for eight hours. He threw his energy into the Opposition campaign as a featured speaker at many ceramahs (political rallies). Although a bona fide prince, RPK has always been accessible, down-to-earth and his finger is firmly on the pulse of the people. A large part of the credit for what happened on March 8th must go to RPK.

The Guang Ming interview with Raja Petra

 10 July 2008

 As follows is the Guang Ming Daily exclusive interview with Malaysia Today Editor Raja Petra Bin Raja Kamarudin. The interview touched a wide range of subjects, specifically the developments in Malaysian politics these last 30 years or so.

 THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Anwar Should Not Have Challenged Tun Ghafar Baba

 When talking about his former comrade-in-arms PKR Adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Raja Petra Kamarudin said it was not about personal loyalty; but both of them persisted in their own principles.

 

Raja Petra met Anwar at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. Anwar was his senior as he was three years older than him.Later, when Anwar formed the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (ABIM), Raja Petra supported him.

 

He said that he and Anwar have been friends with a same goal but with different routes. Later, Anwar joined Umno but Raja Petra did not agree with this move and did not follow him into Umno.

 

Two or three years later, Anwar wanted to challenge Suhaimi Kamaruddin for the Umno Youth Chief position. Anwarasked for help from his old friends and Raja Petra agreed to help.

 

However, he stressed, I supported Anwar but not Umno.

Raja Petra helped campaign for Anwar including organising dinners and setting up network connections during the campaign period. Eventually, Anwar won.

 

Raja Petra continued to help Anwar as an outsider when he contested the Umno Youth Chief position three times in a row. Then he said: “That’s enough!

Anwar’s power within Umno was strengthened after he became the Umno Youth Chief. But he was too ambitious and wanted to challenge Tun Ghafar Baba for the position of Deputy Umno President.

 

Raja Petra and many of Anwar’s friends did not agree with Anwar challenging Ghafar as they felt he should wait until the Deputy President retires.

 

We all knew that Ghafar would not become the Prime Minister. He was nine months older than Dr Mahathir and his education background was only standard six. But Malays respected him, as he was one of the fighters for the independence of Malaya. Malays have deep respect for Ghafar. You don’t just overthrow him like that. Anwar should have given Ghafar more time to resign on his own. Therefore, I didn’t agree with the young Anwar challenging Ghafar. I think he was showing no respect to an elder.

 

Thus, Raja Petra and Anwar parted ways. He and his friends no longer wanted to help Anwar in his campaign for Deputy President.

 

However, Anwar had strong support from Umno Sabah. At that time there was a bonus system in which a

candidate would automatically receive 10 bonus votes for every nomination. The situation was very unfavourable to Ghafar so he stepped down to allow Anwar to take over ;

 

Mahathir Destroys Anwar

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim changed after he became the Deputy Prime Minister cum Finance Minister. Umno changed him, said Raja Petra Kamarudin. He became just another Umno man.

He wore RM3,000 suits, unlike the time when we wore traditional Malay costumes. Before he joined the party he said he wanted to change Umno but instead he was the one who was changed by Umno,” Raja Petra said. Thereafter, Raja Petra did not get involved with Anwar any longer but instead became active in Pas.

 

He wrote for the English Section of Pas’ Harakah and in some of his pieces he even criticised Anwar. Anwar was really angry at that time. When Anwar was sacked in 1998, he told Anwar that: “You deserve it! You can challenge Ghafar Baba, but not Mahathir.&

 

 

To Fight Injustice

 

Raja Petra Kamarudin told Guang Ming Daily that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim nearly died in the lock-up when he was arrested in 1998. It aroused his indignation and therefore he decided to return to the political arena and thereafter launched the Free Anwar Campaign.

 

 

The only reason Anwar was not killed was because former Federal Commercial Crimes Investigation Director Datuk Ramli Yusoff managed to stop former Inspector-General of Police Abdul Rahim Noor

 

He initially worked for PKR when it was formed in 1999 but chose to launch the Free Anwar Campaign outside the party in 2000, as he wanted the whole world to know about the Anwar issue. It was not only about Anwar but also about what was happening in our country’s political arena. Anwar was an issue but it was not the only issue.

On 11 April 2001, Raja Petra, together with nine opposition party members, was detained for 52 days under the Internal Security Act. On 13 August 2004, he set up the website called Malaysia Today. Two weeks later, on 2 September 2004, Anwar was released from jail.

He stressed that he is a full-time website editor. He chose not to directly participate in politics as he wanted to be free to criticise injustice with impartially.

 

Regardless if it is the ruling party or the opposition, once you do something wrong I’ll criticise you.

 

“When you are the ruling party you will point your fingers at the opposition and when you are the opposition you will point your fingers at the ruling party. There is no direction. This is politics. But I can criticise anyone as an outsider.

Raja Petra firmly believes that everyone has the right to speak. Thus, his website Malaysia Today serves as a channel for everyone to express their views and opinions.

 

 

I Have More Inside Stories To Tell

 

“I believe in what I believe. Send me to jail. I’m not afraid,” he said about his latest brush with the law.

 

In his most sensational disclosure to date, Raja Petra posted on his blog a bombshell entitled Let’s Send The Altantuya Murderers To Hell. This was the closest anyone has ever dared.

 

RPK, as he is more fondly known, was quickly arrested and detained for three days and charged under the Sedition Act on 5 May.

 

But he hit back. It’s worth it. Send me into jail! I’m not afraid of it.He says he not interested in money and does not work for money  sake. All he pursues in his lifetime is  freedom and democracy, and he does what he considers the right things to do.

 

 

My life is simple. I don’t need much money. I’m not fighting for personal gains. What I believe in is my

belief, he said.

He says Malaysians are forgetful and are also afraid of changes. Raja Petra said:Malaysians are always afraid of this and that. Why should we be scared of our own shadows? He believes in fate and in trusting everything to God, thus it would not be necessary to worry too much.

 

Raja Petra, 58, has no need to worry about money since he was a child. He is both liberal and bohemian at the same time. He advocated anti-war sentiments and the fight for democracy since his teenage years. The Vietnam War in the 1960s and 1970s was the beginning of his struggle.

 

The hippie culture arose during the Vietnam War period. The then teenager Raja Petra liked to travel around the country on his motorbike. He took to the Flower Power of the 1960s to carry out social reforms tempered with love and peace. Different people impacted him at different stages of his life, including Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, member of the famous band Beatles, John Lennon, and Iran’s highest leader Khomeini, Ayatollah Ruhollah. Raja Petra even participated in Iran’s reform movement and anti-Saudi Arabian movements in the fight for a reformation of Islamic culture and once even joined pro-Iranian demonstrations in Mekah, Saudi Arabia. But he is not a Muslim extremist. He has his own principles, hoping to see modern Islamic beliefs emerging someday.

 

On his relationship with PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and his writing articles inclined to the Opposition, he said:I’m not helping him, I just do what I should do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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