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.