Being politically correct (UPDATED with Chinese translation)

And that is the parody of these people. They give a different public image from what they really are. For example both Dr Mahathir and Anwar are republicans and anti-Monarchy. In private and during closed-door meetings they will whack the Monarchy. Publicly, they will whack those who whack the Monarchy.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

I personally know Ibrahim Ali of Perkasa. In fact, I used to be quite close to him when I was still back in Malaysia and from 2006 to 2008 I worked with him and a few of the Umno plus opposition Bloggers to organise Bersih (1.0) plus to organise various events for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in our bid to oust Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (Pak Lah).

Of course, the game plan was to oust Pak Lah so that Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Ku Li) could take over. A few meetings were held with Ku Li. In one of these meetings Rafizi Ramli, Haris Ibrahim, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, etc., also attended followed by a buka puasa after that. There were also a few meeting between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Ku Li to discuss the succession plan.

Unfortunately, it is not easy to get two personalities with huge egos to come to an agreement and to ‘meet in the middle’. When both sides take a very stubborn ‘either my way or no way’ stand, the ‘alliance’ is doomed to fail even as it idles on the runaway. Hence Ku Li was finally bypassed in favour of Najib Tun Razak.

One day Ku Li called us to his office to inform us that the deal was off. He and Dr Mahathir could not come to an agreement so the ‘Old Man’ was going to support Najib instead. That is it, said Ku Li. Finished!

However, we were not quite finished with the issue. We felt that between Ku Li and Najib, although both may not be perfect, Ku Li was certainly the lesser of the two evils. And do we not always talk about the lesser of the two evils when comparing Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Rakyat?

We had to ‘disqualify’ Najib, one way or anther. And one way would be to try to link Najib directly or indirectly to the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu. Pak Lah’s downfall was his son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin. Hence the reason for the series of articles called ‘The Khairy Chronicles’ that we ran from 2005 to 2006.

In Najib’s case, his wife, Rosmah Mansor, has to be his ‘Khairy’. So we embarked upon a ‘destroy Rosmah’ campaign — my June 2008 Statutory Declaration being one of those ‘shots’ that we fired.

Nevertheless, in spite of all the shots we fired against Rosmah, Najib still took over and Ku Li was left out in the cold — partly Ku Li’s own fault for not ‘playing ball’. One fundamental issue was that Ku Li refused to accept Dr Mahathir as the ‘Minister Mentor’, just like Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, if he were to take over from Pak Lah.

I mean you do not tell Dr Mahathir to go screw himself and still become the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Ku Li should have agreed to everything that Dr Mahathir wanted and then do a U-turn later — like what Pak Lah did when he took over from the ‘Old Man’ on 1st November 2003.

But Ku Li is not like that. He is a gentleman and his word is his bond. So he did not want to smile and say yes to Dr Mahathir and then do a U-turn and screw the ‘Old Man’ once he takes over. I would probably have done what Pak Lah did — say yes first and then, after taking over, shaft the ‘Old Man’ good and proper.

Anyway, back to Ibrahim Ali. We would meet in his office at the Grand Seasons Hotel in Kuala Lumpur every couple of days to plot and plan Pak Lah’s downfall. And one problem with this was that Ibrahim Ali was never punctual. When we arrived at this office he would be in a meeting with this or that Chinese businessman so we had to wait one or two hours to meet him.

But that did not matter because Ibrahim Ali was an excellent host and we would eat and drink to our heart’s delight at the restaurant in the hotel; free-of-charge, of course. Hence that took care of lunch.

The point I am making is that Ibrahim Ali was always in a meeting with Chinese businessmen. Hence Ibrahim Ali is no racist. He is very much Chinese-friendly, a real contradiction of sorts. This ‘racist’ Ibrahim Ali image that he is intentionally creating is merely a show to be ‘politically correct’. It is a ‘badge’ he wears to garner the support of the Malay nationalists or Malay ‘extremists’.

It is just like Anwar Ibrahim and his ‘Muslim fundamentalist’ image. Anwar is no fundamentalist. He is actually very close to the American Neocons. Anwar is as fundamentalist as Ibrahim Ali is Malay-centric. In fact, Dr Mahathir too is no racist. When he was Prime Minister, one of the grouses that we had with him is that he made too many Chinese and Indians rich. Dr Mahathir, too, is currently playing the race card for a very specific reason (which we will talk about later).

And that is the parody of these people. They give a different public image from what they really are. For example both Dr Mahathir and Anwar are republicans and anti-Monarchy. In private and during closed-door meetings they will whack the Monarchy. Publicly, they will whack those who whack the Monarchy.

On more than one occasion I have personally heard both Dr Mahathir and Anwar say unflattering things about the Rulers. Dr Mahathir once said something unflattering about the Royalty in front of me (he forget I was there) and then turned to look at me and said, “Present company exempted.”

I remember back in 1965 (I was in form three then) when our teacher lectured us about the evils of smoking. We looked at the cigarette box in his shirt pocket and sniggered. Realising what we were sniggering about, he said, “You must do what I say, not do what I do.”

I suppose the same goes for these people. It is what they do that we must focus on, not what they say. What they say is merely for the benefit of a certain audience. Behind the scenes what they do is the reverse of what they say. So why are Dr Mahathir and Ibrahim Ali playing the race card when behind the scene they are doing deals with the Chinese, left, right and centre?

Ah, that is a story for part two of this series. So stay tuned because something very interesting is going on behind the scenes. 




我本身是認識土權會的伊不拉欣Ibrahim Ali的。事實上,儅我還身在馬來西亞時我跟他還走得很近呢,而在06年-08年間我和他還有其他巫統會員曾聚一起策劃Bersih1.0,我們也曾經幫敦馬出籌畫略來推翻前首相阿都拉。

當然,當時的計劃是把阿都拉拉下馬以便能將東姑拉扎利捧上位。我們和東姑開了不少會議,其中一個是在開齋后的,而Rafizi Ramli, Haris Ibrahim, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar等人也有出席。敦馬也出席了當中的幾個會議來討論接班人的事情。




我們必須‘取消’納吉的‘資格’。其中一個可行的方法就是把納吉和阿丹杜雅的死間接或直接地扯上關係。我們要阿都拉因他的女婿凱利而倒臺,所以我們在2005年-2006年間寫了一系列稱爲‘凱利的記錄史The Khairy Chronicles’的文章。