Is Raja Petra Kamaruddin or popularly known as RPK a thorn in Najib's flesh, a spanner in his works and an adversary beyond reach?
He is, maybe, not in that order.He is taunting the Malaysian government to "catch me if you can"
RPK, always quoting Sun Tzu as his mentor and source of inspiration.Even James Clavell has made simple Sun Tze's tactical warfare in his book "The Art Of War'.It's was the best layman's interpretation in simplest English of Sun Szu's war strategy.
Is RPK, by Sun Tzu's definition, a warrior or a coward who ran away from a war he started?
When I was young I have always been told, if unsure, to always walk away from a fight, to fight another day.You don't need Sun Tzu to tell you that, it's simple common sense, never take on a more formidable opponent.
David and Goliath may exists in the Bible, a small man with mythical power of the sling that can down a giant.Today, the slings, the bows and arrows are no match for the guns.Might is right.Right is not always right.
The pen mightier than the sword is still true as steel.Just as formidable it can cut you down to pieces.It can kill your career.It can demolish governments.It can change the world for better or for worse.
Half of BN's problems today could be credited to RPK's ability and creativity to mix a hodgepodge of truths, lies and fictions.Because, the government credibility is so low, even the lies have become the truths.
To the uninitiated, young and restless they are nothing but the truths.For those unhappy with the way this country is being run they are nothing but the truths.For the Malay masses who see their names being dragged around and used for the benefits of a few they are nothing but the truth.For the Indians and Chinese who felt marginalised they are nothing but the truth.
Truth is where it hurts the BN's government the most.Most people of average intelligence can separate the lies from the truths. The ignorant and unlearned persons may be less discerning and are harmless than the ones who know better.
The more the government want to clamp down on freedom to speak, freedom of the press and freedom of association the more critical would be the backlash.
We are seeing a radical change in the politics of this country but unfortunately we are not seeing any serious reform within the government to accept the changes. They are still completely immersed in authoritarian and totalitarian behaviour.
I am a supporter of the BN concept of power sharing and accept that UMNO is the lead partner in the coalition.I do not support UMNO per se, I support the concept.I think it is the most ingenious idea of former prime minister, the late Tun Razak Hussein.
I do not support arrogance and wielding power born out of intense sense of insecurity. If those in power think that's how they can silence the restive, the restless and intimidate the people into submission than they ought to think again. Seriously, have they got the right formula to endear the people to them or in everything they do they are actually driving the people away from them?
The recent refusal to renew the publishing permit of PKR's mouthpiece is not good news, not not for PKR or Pakatan but not good for the government.It is good news for PKR and Anwar Ibrahim because the people would see it in a negative light.Surely, "ditindas" would be the word on everybody's mouth.The government has absolutely no reason not to renew the permit.Has anyone not think of damage control? Are there no more people in authority using the thinking cap?
The false reporting of Felda as being bankrupt by Suara Keadilan was no reason not to renew the permit.Felda is suing the publication and the government should allow the process to be settled in court and not use its arbitrary power to muffled the party's organ.Let the court and the people decide who is the liar.
What with Raja Petra?
Leave him alone.Let him be.All the publicity of wanting to catch him is just making him more popular. The government is giving him too much good publicity and itself bad ones.If there were a by-election today and he stood as an independent he may even win.That's how much ado over nothing the government has given him and people are giving credence to his writing because those in power are too lazy to counter his allegations.All they want to do is to arrest him.
Just look who are the bloggers? How many are sympathetic and are prepared to defend the government.How many members of UMNO who are bloggers and are prepared to defend their leaders.All they do all day long are chasing their leaders for contracts.It's all about money and more money.Does UMNO think they deserve to win with this kind of political culture?
I would say almost 80 percent of political commentators who visit political blogs and news portals are pro-opposition.
Since the fallout in March 2008 the BN government has done nothing to increase the use of the Internet to boost their declining influence.What a single man like Raja Petra can do, UMNO with mountain of resources can't.
If you were Pakatan Rakyat wouldn't you want to engage him, be his friend, love him and pay him,whatever? Why are UMNO complaining when Pakatan leaders are seen with him or finance his stay in Britain? Is there anything illegal? Why not some UMNO leaders go to see him and try to woo him to their side.Every man has a price. I am not saying you should buy him but you can woo him in other ways.Maybe, drop the charges against him and let him return to Malaysia on certain conditions.
We want to check who finance him? Big words.You can't even catch him what more finding out where his money came from. Even, if you know who, what can you do?Arrest the man for parting with his money?
"Cops Working Hard To Bring Raja Petra Back" screamed the inside page of NST today's edition.
CID Chief Bakri Zinin says it is not easy to bring a fugitive back but they are working very hard.He also said that something is wrong in our country may not be so in another country.Very profound, he should have known much earlier and knowing so now he should stop wasting time and money to pursue RPK.
What's the point of wanting to interview Zaid Ibrahim?It is not that Zaid would easily throw up everything he knows? He is a seasoned lawyer and a politician who would meticulously choose what to say.
It would be better if the police can get down to doing real police work like working on many of the unsolved murder and missing children cases.
Anwar Ibrahim may no longer be the cause for change.
Beware of people's power.