When Kua Kia Soong speaks with a forked-tongue


You, of all people, Kua Kia Soong, do not stand on any moral high ground. So do not moralise with me. Did your SUARAM not lie to the French court and claim that you have locus standi regarding the Scorpene submarine case? Did you not lie and tell the court that SUARAM is an international NGO whereas in truth it is a company and hence does not have locus standi?


Raja Petra Kamarudin

Making sense of the rather ‘perplexing’ Raja Petra,” said Free Malaysia Today’s headline. And it went on to say: Adviser to SUARAM slams RPK for his “perplexing volte face” that saw the once pro-Anwar blogger now throwing his weight behind Najib Razak instead. (READ HERE

Kua Kia Soong’s article starts with: “Having put up a defence for Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) when he was under attack by the New Straits Times (NST) in 2010 (Looking for the good in RPK, Malaysia Today, January 5, 2010), I am obliged to pose some queries about his perplexing volte face. His latest interview (READ HERE) with NST (March 10, 2016) gives us a good opportunity to examine his consistency or otherwise.”

First of all, Kua Kia Soong talks as if I invited or requested him to come to my defence in 2010. I did not, and if he did come to my defence it was on his own initiative and not at my behest. So what is he grumbling about? He decided to do charity and what I do with that charity I receive is entirely my prerogative.

Kua Kia Soong may have decided to stand up for me — and not at my behest, may I add. However, he did so not because he wanted to help me or to extend his charity to me but because he wanted to use my issue to whack the government and all those associated with the government. I was merely the tool that he used to hit the government. It was not about me. It was about riding on me. I was just the kuda tunggang — just like P.I. Balasubramaniam was the kuda tunggang. And when Bala died suddenly from a heart attack they dumped his family and no longer cared about what happens to them.

For your information, Kua Kia Soong, I was the one who assisted Bala and his family when they were living in exile in India. Ask Bala’s widow how much money they received in those years they were in India and after their financier dumped them. Americk Sidhu has all the details because he was the one who always phoned me to ask for the money. Two other lawyers, Amarjit Sidhu and Manjeet Singh Dhillon, can also tell you about the discussion we had in London regarding Bala’s finances.

Where was PKR and Pakatan Rakyat at that time? How much money did they come out with? Zero! Zilch! Nothing! They only agreed to finance Bala if he were to return to Malaysia and help campaign for the opposition in the 2013 general election. If not then Bala and his family can go to hell.

On 28th February 2013, Bala held a press conference to announce that he was back in Malaysia to find justice for Altantuya and also to help Pakatan Rakyat win the May 2013 General Election. However, less than three weeks later, Bala died and his family was abandoned because Bala was dead and was no longer useful to the opposition.

That is what we call a kuda tunggang. And once a kuda tunggang breaks a leg we shoot it in the head and leave its carcass for the crows and vultures to eat. Now do you know why Bala’s widow went berserk at the press conference a few days ago?

Kua Kia Soong and those of his ilk used to call Gani Patail all sorts of nasty names back in 1998 and would scream and foam at the mouth when Gani was appointed the Attorney-General as his reward from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for putting Anwar Ibrahim in jail. However, when Gani is finally sacked, like what Kua Kia Soong and those of his ilk had been demanding for years, they would also scream and foam at the mouth and say that Gani is a victim of injustice.

So, Gani is a cad for unjustly sending Anwar to jail and Mahathir is a cad for appointing a cad of a Gani as the new Attorney-General. And the government is full of cads for not sacking Gani who does not qualify to become the Attorney-General. But then when Gani is removed as the Attorney-General, as what they wanted all along, that person who removes Gani is now the cad while Gani and the man who appointed him the Attorney-General are heroes.

How do I respond to that? Can I say ‘making sense of the rather ‘perplexing’ Kua Kia Soong’?

So, Mahathir is now the man who is going to save Malaysia when once he was labelled the Idi Amin Dada of Malaysia. Would you not consider any person who says that Idi Amin is now the only person who can save Uganda as someone who is a downright lunatic (assuming, of course, Idi Amin is still alive and is 91 years old)?

How do I respond to that, Kua Kia Soong? Can I say ‘making sense of the rather ‘perplexing’ lunatic’? Can I also say, Kua Kia Soong, ‘making sense of the rather ‘perplexing’ Azmin Ali’?

Why Azmin Ali? Well, ten years ago Azmin Ali whacked me for what he said was my collaboration with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the move to oust Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. I never denied that. In fact, Malaysia Today proudly published the photographs and Mahathir’s speech at the launch of the anti-Pak Lah movement at the Kebab Century Paradise on 24th June 2006. And this upset Azmin. And, when he whacked me, Anwar Ibrahim was sitting beside him and was smirking like a cat that had just swallowed the canary.

Working with the greatest enemy of the nation, Dr Mahathir, was akin to blasphemy and apostasy. It is similar to a Muslim siding with Israel to oppose the creation of Palestine. And that was what I was when I collaborated with Mahathir to try to bring down the Prime Minister.

Well, a year ago, Azmin Ali flew to London as Anwar’s emissary to negotiate a deal with Mahathir in the move to also bring down a Prime Minister — but this time Najib Tun Razak. And now Mahathir has replaced Anwar as the de facto Opposition Leader and leader of the ANC (Anti-Najib Campaign).

Mahathir, once upon a time the Idi Amin of Malaysia, is now Malaysia’s Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi two-in-one. How do I respond to that, Kua Kia Soong? Can I say ‘making sense of the rather ‘perplexing’ Pakatuns’?

“Having worked so many years in the Free Anwar (Ibrahim) Campaign, it makes many Malaysians wonder how RPK suddenly in 2010 decided to launch his anti-Anwar campaign,” said Kua Kia Soong.

I have written about this many times so I am perplexed that Kua Kia Soong still finds this matter perplexing. Well, if I have to repeat, yet again, what I have said so many times then let it be so. I was invited in early 1999 to work for Parti Keadilan Nasional to manage the media campaign. I did not volunteer, like Kua Kia Soong volunteered to help me (according to him). I was offered the job.

The man who offered me that job was Haji Hamid Rashid, Anwar’s old classmate in the MCKK. He could only pay me RM3,000 a month, which was pittance, but he hoped I would say yes not for the money but for ‘old times sake’. So I said yes.

Immediately after the November 1999 general election, Haji Hamid sacked me. He did not give me any notice but just told me to pack my bags and go. I felt quite hurt to be discarded just like that after all the work I had done for the party. Marina Yusoff then offered my wife and me a job with a pay of RM7,500 a month. So I went to work for her.

Barely three months into that job, Saifuddin Nasution of PKR met me and told me that Dr Rahim Ghouse wanted to talk to me. So I flew to Perth, Australia, and Dr Rahim told me they want me to set up and run the Free Anwar Campaign (FAC). They would pay me what Marina was paying me, RM7,500 a month.

So I set up the FAC and they paid me my first month’s salary, RM7,500. And that first month’s pay was my final month’s pay as well. They never paid me anything more after that. But I did not resign. I continued to run the FAC until the day Anwar was released from jail on 2nd September 2004. And only then did I resign from the FAC and focus full-time on Malaysia Today, which I had launched two weeks before that on 13th August 2004.

And you know what, Kua Kia Soong? Not a single member of Anwar’s family thanked me for all the work I had done over those four years. Not one thank you. They did not even invite me to Nurul Izzah’s wedding. And when Datuk Kamarul phoned me to come to the wedding (not to eat but just to take photographs of the wedding for the party newspaper and then leave) the security guards stopped me from going in and said that this was on Azmin Ali’s instructions.

Was it about the money? If it was I would not have stayed for four years without receiving the RM7,500 a month salary that was promised me and which was never paid except for the first month’s pay. I walked away with RM360,000 still owing to me only on the day Anwar walked out of court a free man. And even if they do pay me that outstanding amount of RM360,000 that can never make up for being manhandled by the security guards at Nurul Izzah’s wedding.

No, Kua Kia Soong, I do not owe Anwar anything. So don’t question me about my ‘loyalty’ to Anwar. In fact, Anwar owes me. And other than not receiving the salary I was promised, I had to endure arrest and detention without trial and much more. I even had to resign as Chairman of an international company and lost the fees that I was earning as a Director. On top of that, one Umno man who is now a Minister in Najib’s Cabinet got me declared a bankrupt on a debt which he did not service and which they faked guarantee papers and said that since I was the guarantor of the unpaid debt then I would have to fork out RM1.3 million or else get declared bankrupt.

So now I am a bankrupt as well because I was alleged to have guaranteed a debt of someone who is a multi-millionaire and the judge who sat to hear the case refused to listen to my defence that I was not the guarantor and that the documents are fakes.

So you see, Kua Kia Soong, that is what I had to suffer because I set up and ran the FAC even though I was swindled out of my salary and no one cared whether I was able to put food on the table. And that is what Bala’s widow is now facing. And she is facing that because her husband, Bala, who is now dead, is no longer of any use to PKR.

You, of all people, Kua Kia Soong, do not stand on any moral high ground. So do not moralise with me. Did your SUARAM not lie to the French court and claim that you have locus standi regarding the Scorpene submarine case? Did you not lie and tell the court that SUARAM is an international NGO whereas in truth it is a company and hence does not have locus standi?

And why are you bringing the SNP into this? I was talking about the Scots, Welsh and Irish, who are also nationalists, just like the Malays. And my mother, who was Welsh, was also fiercely nationalistic. And so are many Malays. And note that I said Malays, and not Umno, like what you are talking about. If you are a Malay nationalist then you are a racist. Chinese educationists and Indian Hindraf supporters are not racists. They are nationalists. Malays call that kepala otak Cina.

Are you saying only Umno Malays are nationalistic? Do you think PAS, PKR and Amanah Malays are also not nationalistic? If that is what you think then there is much you need to learn. Not all Scots are SNP members. And not all Malays are Umno members. And just because a Malay may not be in PAS are you suggesting that that person does not pray five times a day and eats pork and drinks liquor?

That is the trouble with Chinese like you, Kua Kia Soong. You look at everything through the lenses of political parties. The world is divided into just two. And the two halves are Umno and anti-Umno. And Muslims are either backward, which means they are in PAS, or liberal, which means they hate PAS. And non-liberal translates to backwardness. So PAS people pray while non-PAS people do not pray and eat pork and drink liquor.

Chinese have a lot to learn about politics and about the Malay-Muslim psyche. Come back in another 30 years if you want to discuss this matter with me again. You are not ready and are not of the same intellectual level to engage me.