It must be lonely over there!

I felt very disappointed and sad last few days  because of the interview of  RPK with  the NST group.  What he has said  is damaging to the concept of the 2 party system, and the aspirations of many people asking for change.

Before going further, I must put on record that RPK had in the past  done so much singlehandedly to change the mindsets of a lot of Malaysians especially prior to 308, and up to the Sarawak election, I had considered  him to be  the most prominent blogger of this country, revealing a lot of inside stories of political parties as well as certain government departments and institution. He has also shown the people how powerful internet and blogging can be, and encouraged many to take up blogging.

It is sad that the road to change is now even tougher, and that the concept of a 2 party system is in danger of being derailed.

Whatever it is, I do not want to blame him, as I believe that his reason of doing so must have been because of his longing to come back to a place where he can truely called home. It must be lonely over there in UK.

It takes so much and such a long time to build a reputation, but  it takes only a moment to have it shattered completely;  how sad and disappointing it is to us, but I think the person who should be the most disappointed and saddened perhaps must be RPK himself.

Nevertheless,  I believe that we should just thank him for what he has done before, and move on. I personally wish him all the best, but hope that he would not do anymore harm to  shut off the light at the end of the tunnel, which he has in the first place helped to put up.

I also wish to congratulate Haris Ibrahim for resigning as president of MCLM; under such circumstances, there is really no other choice for any civil society activist to be in that movement.

The movement for change, as witnessed in the spirits of Bersih 2.0, is now too big to be derailed. This is just one more bump in the road, but the momentum that has been built up should be able to get pass this bump, however big it might be.

Even without RPK, I think there is still hope that a new dawn can be seen in this country.


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. C++
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 13:07:14

    Yeah… life must goes on… It might takes 10 to 15 years to see fruits of this mindset changing…

    We’re all Malaysian.. proud to be Malaysia… not on a race based… but rather on the unity of all Malaysian..


  2. klm
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 14:12:30

    I wonder what was it that RPK said that had not been said. He was just saying the obvious. I dont see anything wrong with that. The truth hurts. But, I dont think there would be any damage done.


  3. chan
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 14:32:53

    Doc, like so many people, I am extremely disilllusioned with rpk. It may be argued that he has the right to say whatever, but it’s the timing of the interview and no matter what, most believe money is involved. While he may wish to return home, he shouldn’t be a hypocrite and so unprincipled.


  4. mycuntree
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 15:08:00

    Many of RPK’s once “undying” fans must have been thoroughly heart-broken with the latest development. We can only hope that they will not be so disgusted as to forget the real objective of support of and for RPK then. And I believe that hope is for the enlightenment of the rakyat of the sins of the UMNO/BN regime, its removal from the seats of political power and the development of a 2-party system in the country,

    RPK may be the wikileak of the innumerable sins and evil deeds of the UMNO/BN regime, but in my mind, he is not the embodiment of what is good over evil. He has played his part in a very much more enlightened Malaysian public. We thanked him for that.

    Perhaps he has reached a stage where he need to seek relief for himself and family and not just for the larger good of all Malaysians. That perhaps we must try to understand.


  5. CYC
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 15:40:10

    The political scenario here is just like what happened to EPL, very volatile. When RPK turn over the other side, Sabri Ariff and Aspan Alias were rumoured to join DAP soon. Towards north, MCA youth chief quit together with the dissolution of branches. Its geeting much more exciting.


  6. Nick
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 16:13:35

    I count him as one of my hero. He is a remarkable person. But I suspect the saga is not over yet. RPK is a wily man, I wouldn’t count him out. He is on a journey to achieve some political change in Malaysia. All of us cannot agree with everything, I probably agree with RPK over many things but not on the latest statements, but I still retain my respects and awe for him. However, it is my personal belief that DSAI is the best PM for Malaysia notwitstanding his sexual preferences. In Anwar, I see renewed hope for all Malaysians, we really need a reformation. I have given up hope completely on BN. There is not even one politician in BN who can hold a candle to Anwar. The timing for RPK’s statement coming so close to Jan 9 is indeed regretable but it doesn’t change anything. If DSAI goes to jail, it will give the opposition more reasons to work harder against such an evil system. If najib mis-calculate, we have a “Mendela or Aquino” in the making.


  7. A true Malaysian
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 16:36:07

    Well, Najib is in dilemma again, whether Anwar is convicted or otherwise. RPK can’t solve the dilemma for Najib.

    Both Najib and RPK are in fact in dillemma. Why created these dilemma in the first place? Simple, a spinner can get himself or herself dizzy the more he or she spins.

    We reap what we sow, all of us, irrespective of our belief, are subject to the same universal law. Najib and RPK are obviously don’t believe that? Or they “overlooked’ this?

    What a waste, RPK. I can understand why Najib is in deep shits. But you? Sigh!!


  8. disgusted
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 16:38:16

    Dr Hsu,

    History keeps repeating…remember? Chandran Muzzafar of Aliran…361% turn…so it’s nothing new though the impacts differently…and even longer still….Lee Lam Thye….


  9. Jong
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 17:22:48

    Loneliness, frustration, whatever that he may have, it does not give him good reason to run down Anwar and Pakatan with Sodomy II verdict to be out in days and GE-13 could be just round the corner! Think he is alone feeling that way? And it was the devil’s newspaper he was talking to, no mere coincidence but downright deliberate, why?

    The lest he could do was to shut the gap up, if he had nothing nice to say!

    Give him a few more days when he finds all his friends and supporters deserting him, he’ll say his interview with NST was manipulated!


  10. Vincent Ang
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 23:01:49

    Why do so many people keep thinking RPK ‘had in the past done so much singlehandedly to change the mindsets of a lot of Malaysians’. Individuals no matter how brilliant are of no consequence if they do have some kind of organization behind them. The nuts and bolts of an organization must be in place first before anyone can even attempt to change the mind-set of a people. Look at the ‘Arab Spring’ and tell me if it was made possible by organizations or individuals. RPK had all the Anwar people backing him when he launched his campaign to free Anwar. Who contributed time and money to his blog. It was the group of people which eventually became PKR today.. It was PAS who went to the kampungs to tell the Malays of UMNO’s ‘sodomy’ trumped up charges and it was the DAP which together with PAS and PKR who decided that any kind of working relationship between the three of them is better than going up against UMNO alone. It was PKR which distracted UMNO from pouring all their armour against the DAP ground troops by contesting in as many seat as possible in the Sarawak elections so as to disperse the firepower UMNO had prepared against the DAP. RPK was a prominent blogger but he was just a blogger, no more no less.


  11. Taikohtai
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 13:17:11

    Who was the PM who managed to put fear in the once high and mighty Sultans and the royal families to whom RPK belongs?
    Who is the person with the most to lose if Pakatan becomes the main tenant in Putrajaya?
    RPK bashes everybody except this one person who started this most dastardly attack on DSAI.
    Who else has billion$ to bankroll RPK in his latest offensive, given that time and sentiments are now turning against him?
    Majority of Malaysians are united against BN but BN is now at its most vulnerable.


  12. Jong
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 13:40:19

    Spot on Vincent Ang!
    That’s politics; RPK chose to get involved so why complain now when he willingly got his feet wet?!! Who were there for him when he was guest at Kamunting? Who were always there at candlelight vigils for him? If not supporters of PAS, Dap and PKR, who else – his royal brothers, Umno/BN?


  13. BeWildered
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 13:46:37

    Well, do not be disappointed and no need to feel sad.
    There had been great ‘ sensation’ created by this one blogger who has been comparatively clever in his writing to generate sensation. I stopped reading his blog three years ago after I realize there was a lot of thunder but no rain in what he wrote.
    The problem with sensation is once it is over, the withdrawal starts.
    The adverse political socital environment created in Malaysia by corrupted politicians will be the impetus for change.
    When a body has cancer( = corruption), the body will eventually dies, so is the cancer within it.
    Let us remember what is in the way of achieving a stronger and better Malaysia! Let us focus on that goal.
    The rest will fall in place.


  14. CYC
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 16:19:25

    My dear friends, the least we can do in the coming GE is lend your small hand to do some voluntary works by helping PR to campaign in your respective hometown and convince the rural folks to vote PR. This is the simplest and most needed help.


  15. Li Li Fa
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 23:10:37

    For a long time, I have had the opportunity of reading and following RPK’s blog and enjoying its content.

    I will continue to read his writings but I am not sure for now, those words really reflect the person inside of RPK. A new person has emerged and transformed.

    I would liken the situation as walking the tight-rope with RPK and in midway, the rope disappears. One really has to decide to look up or look down and hoping wings will suddenly jflutter out and carry one to safety or to kingdom come.

    I would not blame RPK for what he has done thus far. Like the Chinese used to say, the padi has been boiled into ‘nasi’. But the situation now is that this rice is now ‘basi’. I would also like to wish him well. To each his own, plodding on one’s own paths, principles and passage-ways, politicking into one’s destiny.


  16. cilipadi
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 07:59:43

    RPK is different from others
    He doesn’t wants to have fans
    He prefer solitary

    Because of ABU
    Anything bad about Pakatan
    Will anger them
    This time, their angers are at RPK

    Malaysians are like that
    Only this, cannot that
    Not thinker, very partisan
    Only Pakatan, cannot Umno
    Only Umno, cannot Pakatan
    RPK doesn’t like that
    Maybe he is the only Malaysian not like that

    RPK worked with both Umno and Pakatan’s PKR before
    He knows too well how politicians behave
    Especially if power is with them
    Because of that, he prefer ‘solitary’ or ‘marverick’
    To check on politicians, and most importantly
    To make Malaysians not partisan
    But can think, be thinkers in the long run

    Malaysians don’t need to be thinkers now
    But to be partisan and go for ABU

    RPK has the last laugh
    He may told Umno, “You see, even I cannot help you”
    As can be seen from reaction from the interview in Singapore
    Another wrong chess move by Umno, by Najib
    And maybe, another marverick, the ‘old horse’

    Go for ABU coming GE
    Be thinkers after that
    This is what RPK wants
    Got it?

    RPK makan cili (or cabai), Umno rasa pedas


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