|New Sunday Times, Jan 1 2012
Updated:The response from Anwaristas (a term RPK said he coined back in 98) is diarrhea.
Bumped into Mr B, a political operative you might know at Bangsar Vill
age this morning. He had a copy of NST and an array of Tamil newspapers on his table at Starbucks, and I had just bought my NST and Utusan Malaysia from the Grocers'. We ordered coffee and talked about (what else?) the front page story: RPK calling Anwar Ibrahim irrelevant and saying things like "In Malaysia, you can't be a PM and a gay at the same time".
"What's up with RPK, you think they paid him?" Mr B asked me.
I said that's what they (the other "they") had said of RPK when in 2006 he was rendering his services to Dr Mahathir Mohamad when the former PM was being demonized by Kalimullah Hassan and other aides of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. I remember helping Zorro organised a meeting for a group of bloggers with Anwar at his office in PJ late that year. When someone (Big Dog, if I'm not mistaken) asked about his parting of ways with RPK, Anwar nonchalantly spoke of some people who thought he had stashed away tonnes of money after Dr M had sacked him and now that he was out of jail, released by Pak Lah, were hounding him for their share. Go figure what Anwar was trying to say about RPK! But politicians are like that, just before PRU12, Anwar and RPK patched up and the latter left Dr Mahathir to campaign for Pakatan Rakyat in the March 2008 general election.
And now RPK is saying these things about Anwar in BN-friendly newspapers. Under normal circumstances, it would have been an eye-opener but with the judgement of Anwar's sodomy trial due in just over a week, the interview RPK gave and published on the same day by NST, Berita Harian and Utusan Malayia is sensational.
Mr B thought (and I agreed with him) that it was one more nail in Anwar's coffin.
Excerpts from RPK's interview with NST h e r e.
Dan dari Utusan Malaysia di s i n i.