The RPK Fallout: Malik Imtiaz Quits MCLM


January 3, 2012

The RPK Fallout: Malik Imtiaz Quits MCLM

Two candidates identified by Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM) for its independent candidate programme have pulled out over views the organisation’s chairperson Raja Petra Kamarudin aired in an interview over the weekend.

“It is with regret that I announce my disassociation from the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement,” Malik Imtiaz Sarwar said in a statement today.

“I have discussed the matter with Mr Sreekant Pillai who has asked me to state that he shares my views and is similarly dissociating,” he added.

Malik (left) said he acknowledged that Raja Petra was airing his personal statement, but it was “regrettable” that this appeared to be made on behalf of MCLM.

“That is regrettable as it is an impression that has undermined the credibility of the MCLM and its efforts. It has also undermined the tremendous efforts of a number of highly committed and selfless individuals in their untiring efforts to develop various civil society initiatives under the banner of MCLM,” Malik said. He added that Raja Petra “has seriously undermined the cause”.

Malik and Sreekant are the first two individuals the movement had announced as its ‘third force’ candidates.

Their decision follows that of former MCLM President Haris Ibrahim, who quit the movement yesterday over Raja Petra’s interview with the New Straits Times (NST).

Meanwhile a third candidate, DrNedunchelian Vengu, also took issue with Raja Petra’s interview, but added that he intended to contest in Kapar regardless of what the MCLM chairperson had told NST.

No to three-cornered fight

Malik stressed that he has never been a member of MCLM but had worked with the group on its reform agenda.

“For the sake of clarity, I note here that at all times my agreement to stand as an independent candidate hinged on my being satisfied that there was cause for it,” the Human Rights lawyer added.

He acknowledged that Pakatan Rakyat was “pivotal in any campaign for reform”, although it was not “the only actor of relevance” in the cause.

“In that light, I had resolved to stand only where my doing so would not result in a three-cornered fight or where it was strictly necessary to do so,” Malik said. He added that since the independent candidate intitiative was announced, Pakatan Rakyat has “appeared to commit to a sustained effort to identify and field quality candidates”.–www.malaysiakini.com

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January 3, 2012

http://malikimtiaz.blogspot.com/

Statement: MCLM

It is with regret that I announce my disassociation from the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement, otherwise known as MCLM.

Though I have at no point in time been a member of MCLM, I had committed to working with the movement to further the reform agenda.

For the sake of clarity, I note here that at all times my agreement to stand as an independent candidate hinged on my being satisfied that there was cause for it. In this I firmly believed, and still do, that the Pakatan Rakyat was pivotal in any campaign for reform, though it was not necessarily the only actor of relevance. In that light, I had resolved to stand only where my doing so would not result in a three-corner fight or where it was strictly necessary to do so.

Much has occurred since the announcement of the initiative. For one, the Pakatan Rakyat appeared to commit to a sustained effort to identify and field quality candidates. For another, Raja Petra Kamaruddin felt it necessary to state his personal views as he did, in an interview with TV3 last year and recently in interviews published in the New Straits Times and the Utusan Malaysia.

I will not delve into the matters spoken of save to say that they cast a less than positive light on the MCLM in so far as its commitment to principle is concerned. Furthermore, I do not share his views.

As I understand things those views were entirely personal to him and are not the views of the MCLM. Raja Petra had however allowed the impression that he spoke on behalf of MCLM and in his capacity as the chairman of the movement.

That is regrettable as it is an impression that has undermined the credibility of the MCLM and its efforts. It has also undermined the tremendous efforts of a number of highly committed and selfless individuals in their untiring efforts to develop various civil society initiatives under the banner of MCLM.

In having done what he did, as well intentioned as he may have been, Raja Petra has seriously undermined the cause. It is my belief that no one person is larger than the cause.

It is for this reason that I must disassociate from the movement and withdraw from the independent candidate initiative. I have discussed the matter with Mr Sreekant Pillai who has asked me to state that he shares my views and is similarly dissociating.

I wish to state that my decisions to remain independent of any political parties and to stand as a candidate were mine and mine alone. It has been some years since Raja Petra and I have spoken and he has not in any way influenced any of my decisions.

 Malik Imtiaz Sarwar

14 thoughts on “The RPK Fallout: Malik Imtiaz Quits MCLM

  1. The unravelling of MCLM has begun, thanks to Raja Petra who probably mortgaged his soul to Najib and gang. When men of integrity like Malik and Haris quit, we know that they have been let down by the webmaster of Malaysia-Today. Now people in civil society will join the ABU movement and Pakatan Rakyat. Change is inevitable and imminent. Najib is increasingly ineffective and soon he will be ignored by voters.

  2. When more and more credible comrades leave the bandwagon, its speaks volume about the one left behind. Nevertheless I’m still giving a little benefit of the doubt to RPK and waiting for his side of the story. Thus far from the one article written by RPK in his Malaysia Today blog since his interview with the mainstream media, it just reveal how arrogant he is in response to people’s criticisms towards him.

  3. My biggest worry is this:

    Are we absolutely confident that RPK hasn’t leaked information about his associates, MCLM’s plans, visions, etc., to the special branch?

    Are we absolutely confident that he hasn’t told special branch anything, and made up stories about MCLM’s plans to overthrow the BN Govt?

    Are we absolutely confident that he hasn’t revealed, made up even, all Pakatan’s confidential information, both about the party and individuals themselves?

    Are we absolutely confident that RPK hasn’t sat down with the special branch and revealed all the information that he has at his disposal, and made up a few more to please his present ‘employers’, the BN, UMNO and Najib?

    Are we absolutely confident that Najib, BN and UMNO, would be happy with just an interview, condemning Anwar to the gallows, and derailing the plans of the MCLM?

    If you were Najib, BN or UMNO, would you be satisfied with just an interview?
    Think again my friends. The fact that he is still unrepentant, is a clue.
    ____________
    Don,
    Those who provided RPK with inside government information are now shivering their pants. He can disclose who they are for a fee like American Express does selling contact information of cardholders. A friend today an enemy tomorrow.That’s life in a Machiavellian world of politics.–Din Merican
    .

  4. Well observed Dato Din. I am glad that Haris, Malik, etc., have shifted away from RPK, otherwise they will have to face the same questioning, embarrassment and humiliation that you had to endure Dato, as a result of RPK implicating you.

    Desperate men, like RPK, resort to desperate means, even if it means selling out their friends, and even if it was they, who were RPK’s means of financial and moral support previously. RPK is not the first, and he surely won’t be the last.

  5. When MCLM was first mooted and declared it want to have own cadidates for the next GE, I thought it was a joke and I said on this blog then that MCLM is like a mickey-mouse entity. It makes no sense at all, trying to be a Third Force. MCLM founders were overvaluing themselves to the voters. I said so then on this blog.I still maintain that view.

    So the dismantling of MCLM will have little impact or rather of little consequence to what will happen to the next GE. If will have little impact on the politics of Pakatan or even UMNO-BN.

    Comig back to RPK.

    If I read right on the interview, RPK did not condemn Pakatan. He gave his opinion on Anwar. RPK knew all the while 10 months after March 2008 that PKR is the weak link. He gave Anwar’s leadership the benefit of the doubt…

    And now after 3 years, he decided to erase his doubt that Anwar can deliiver Pakatan to Putrajaya.

    Many of those who criticiise RPK are just blind PKR supporters.

    I still think RPK by coming out and dissociate himself radically is doing DAP and PAS a favour rather than UMNO-BN although UMNO will spin this story again and again.to their advantage.

    Of course DAP and PAS will say somethinng nice to support Anwar. They had to, as matter of proctocol.

    Note that UMNO is not worried about PKR or Anwar. UMNO as seen by the UMNO assembly thisw year and the anti-Pakatan rhetoric is more scared of DAP and PAS.

    I suggest those blind Pakatan supporters venting their bile should keep their smelly bile in their mouth just for while still and see what RPK does next.

  6. If ever RPK leaks his sources of what he had published, he is as good as a pariah dog hanging around smelly garbage in some back roads.

    His royal status might as well be shoved into the toilet bowl with his head flushed down at the same time.

    Nobody will ever take him seriously and he will be seen as a worst scumbag you can ever find. Loss of credibility is bad enough, loss of trust by friends and supporters will make RPK stinks high heaven.,

    I will be very surprised if he does that. But then desperate people will do desperate thing.

    Every man has a price. Including RPK, despite his claim of moral high ground.

  7. … and I will feel terribly sorry for his wife Marina Lee Abdullah… for she will have no where to hide her face… nor their children in years to come.

  8. The comment by frank reflects my own feeling of why RPK did what he did. RPK has given up on Anwar as a leader of PKR and PR. There is no way a PR led by Anwar of PKR to lead PR to the capture of Putrajaya especially with Anwar going to jail and with the possibility of Azmin Ali at the helm of PKR.
    RPK has made tremendous sacrifice for Anwar. Living in exile in expensive London must have made him long to come back to Malaysia. Seeing no light at the end of the tunnel, RPK is trying to give a wake up call to Anwar and PKR that unless something is done immediately to arrest the decline in the effectiveness of PKR in leading the coalition,the idea of taking over of Putrajaya will only be a dream. If that effort fail, how long do you expect RPK to remain in exile?
    On the other hand, it is only right that RPK cash out in his investment of supporting Anwar knowing that Anwar will never be able to help him out should Anwar fail to take over Putrajaya. The chance to cash out is now when he can command a big payment from a desperate Najib. If that runt in Perak can command a transfer fee of RM25 million don’t tell me RPK can’t ask for double of that? RM50 million or even RM100 million will guarantee a good life for RPK and his family after suffering for so long for the sake of Anwar. RPK won’t be worth a sen should PR fail to make it to Putrajaya in the coming GE 13.

  9. Imagine someone so committed to the cause suddenly just turnaround. RPK has more to lose than anyone. It’s hard to believe and comprehend RPK’s actions. Nevertheless, I would like to keep my fingers crossed that the outcome is not what it seems. Something inside tell me that RPK may be just a Trojan Horse and his purposes is to shift the focus on Anwar to PKR and the best time to do it is now, during GE-13. It is not easy to beat UMNO/BN in any election and require someone bold enough to do the unpredictable. We have too many writers, readers but very little doers. The result of the Sarawak election was promising even after RPK’s interview. Do read his interview and all his postings in MT in totality. Do not jump to conclusion or hearsay. This could be something known as reserve psychology, you know. I urge all RPK’s friends, supporters, MT readers and contributors to at least let time be RPK’s judge. I would like to believe his close associates should have known him better.

  10. All’s fair in love and war. This episode should serve as a lesson to all of us to be CRITICAL every time someone in public domain open their big mouth. Let’s hope this shake out before the GE13 will filter what’s important and what’s irrelevant.

    RPK surely has his reasons and perhaps one day we’ll know why but our ABU focus must not be derailed by this side show. No player is bigger than the game. Certainly not RPK.

  11. I have some feelings about RPK akin to those voiced by several other folks here, and a large part of me would like to call him “pariah dog” or worse.

    But to be fair to RPK, despite the very high possibility that his Jan1 bombshell, and also his TV3 interview just before the S’wak polls, was a despicable traitorous deed, it is unproven, and could be something else.

    Could even be that RPK, despite claims from his supporters that the TV3 interview was something kosher which had been spun by the BN-friendly mainstream media, was again stupid enough to fall into a similar trap in S’pore. Might have been no money or negotiated package going into his hands. Could be his big-ego need for the spotlight and publicity, and a platform for him to pompously lecture the lesser beings all around with his gems of wisdom.

    I am no pyschologist, but I’d hazard an opinion that someone like RPK cannot live with a big soapbox and an adoring fan club gushing “Yang Mulia” this, and “thank you so much for your sacrifice” that, ad nauseam. Could be RPK, the supposedly “mind games master” had thought his psych-warfare gamesmanship is far superior to that of those who baited him with the NST-Utusan interview opportunity.

    There is little question that in the past, his contribution towards the fight for a better Malaysia has been significant. Indeed, he has had to pay a high price in many ways.

    But those factors alone do not prove what the underlying base reasons are, why he had done what he did, whether it had all been self-sacrificing for the cause. And it is also true that people do change, so even if his reasons had previously been good, they may not always be so.

    Howver, aside from the clearly obvious need to be much more cautious about matters involving RPK, and my continued personal stance being not to touch him with a 10 foot pole, it is still unproven whether he is an UMNO mercenary, a pariah dog, a two-time fool or something somewhat more innocent.

  12. RPK has bared his ass to us and there is nothing we can do — but look.
    – scarlet.pimpernel

    Let our Malaysian judges be the judge of RPK’s ass before we have look.

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