What happened to RPK’s son? Police must clarify

(Harakah Daily) – Pakatan Rakyat leaders have expressed shock at the news that the son of Malaysia’s top blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin may have been admitted to hospital on the suspicion that “he has swallowed or has been made to swallow razor blades”.

“This is terrible. We urge the police to make a public clarification as soon as possible,” PKR strategic director Tian Chua told Harakahdaily.

“For sure the people will want to know if the news is true and what actually happened. Already, the country has a very weak record in terms of police brutality and custodial deaths. Since RPK is involved, the obvious question now is – is the son being victimized because of the father. Is this fair?

Forced to flee

Raja Petra, better known as RPK, has long been a thorn in the flesh of the Umno-BN ruling coalition.

In his Malaysia Today website, he has exposed many top politicians including Prime Minister Najib Razak as well as top civil servants such as IGP Hassan Musa for having been involved in some form of alleged misconduct, or corruption or other.

So ‘hot’ have his revelations been that he was forced to flee the country in 2009 to avoid being thrown into jail on trumped-up charges. The Malaysian police have since launched a massive manhunt for the fugitive blogger.

Last month, RPK’s bungalow was broken into by people he accused of having been sent by the government. Although they ransacked his belongings, nothing was stolen.

“They wanted me to know that this is not a robbery. And they also left me a ‘message’. What this message means is not too clear at this stage but the knives and scissors they left all over the place appears to be telling me something, whatever that is,” RPK wrote in a recent posting.

Berserk after beating

In a terse report published late on Tuesday night, RPK accused the police of torturing his son Raja Azman.  He also said his lawyers were trying to get permission to visit Raja Azman at the Sungai Buloh hospital to find out what had happened.

“Raja Azman was being held in solitary confinement ever since Malaysia Today came out with the story that he was beaten up by the police to make him confess to crimes he says he did not commit,” RPK said.

“He was also made to spend a stint in the psychiatric ward after going berserk during one beating session he was subjected to.”