The fugitive blogger does an about-turn on the opposition leader, criticising him for deceiving the people.
Admitting that he was himself deceived, Raja Petra said the opposition leader had given him false hope when the blogger was detained in Kamunting, Perak, under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
“Anwar came to the court because there were two cases going on simultaneously and told me ‘don’t worry, you will be out soon because we are going to form the government on Sept 16′,” he said in an exclusive interview with TV3 group editor Ashraf Abdullah in Perth recently.
The second part of the interview was shown in Buletin Utama TV3 tonight.
Raja Petra said the failure of the opposition grouping to form the government as promised by Anwar had demoralised its supporters.
Raja Petra said the opposition could not even form a shadow cabinet.
“If we cannot even form a shadow cabinet, how can we rule? Who are the cabinet members? The voters want to know,” he said.
He said that opposition leaders who had not shown their ability when outside the government cannot be expected to be capable administrators.
Raja Petra said that it was much easier to be in the opposition because no implementaion was required.
“But when we become the government we have to carry out what we had criticised when we were the opposition,” he said.
Raja Petra said: “It is not so easy… criticising is easy. Putting our words into action, that is more difficult. But if we fail even as an opposition, the people will certainly not trust us as a government.”
Thus, he said, Anwar has lost his credibility and failed as a leader.
Raja Petra said the empty promises that Anwar had been making, the endless crises in the opposition pact and his own personal problems were enough for the people to assess for themselves Anwar’s leadership.
In the opposition pact itself, Anwar was not respected, which gave rise to the question of how would he be able to lead the country, Raja Petra said.
“It seems that he cannot take care of component parties… and the leaders. The excuse he gives is freedom of expression, but this is not true because he acts against anyone who criticises him,” he said.
Raja Petra said the parties in the opposition could not unite because of differing ideologies.
He cited instances of clashes among the opposition partners over policies.
Raja Petra said that Anwar was supposed to be the economic adviser to the Selangor government, but when there was heated disagreement over policy, he kept silent.
After three years in power in several states, the opposition pact can be assessed by the people, and many are disillusioned, Raja Petra said.
“Many people have told me how disillusioned they are… they no longer have confidence in the opposition,” he said.
RPK: I don’t believe PM’s wife was at Altantuya’s murder scene
KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin had doubts about his statutory declaration (SD) implicating Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu.
In a sensational interview over TV3 last night, Raja Petra said he had made the allegations on the belief that the order came from PKR adviser and Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The Malaysia Today founder and editor said his SD in 2008 which stated he was reliably informed that Rosmah was among those present at the crime scene on Oct 19, 2006 when Altantuya was killed was based on information and demand by several individuals aimed at preventing Najib from becoming prime minister.
Raja Petra claimed these individuals were connected to several politicians, including Anwar, and that they had put pressure on him to do what he did to prevent Najib from taking over from Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who relinquished the post in 2009.
“I no longer accept the story. I think it’s quite impossible. It can’t be that the Prime Minister’s wife would want to go to such a place; it’s a jungle. I’m imagining, climbing up the hill, going into the jungle at night, at midnight, I think it’s quite impossible,” he said in an exclusive interview with TV3 Group Editor Datuk Ashraf Abdullah in Perth, Australia, recently.
The interview was aired through TV3’s prime time news Buletin Utama last night.
Raja Petra said in the SD he made on June 18, 2008, he had stated that he received information from several individuals claiming that Rosmah was at the scene where Altantuya was murdered.
“I’ve never raised any accusation. I didn’t say I knew that the prime minister’s wife was at the scene at that time.
“And I’ve mentioned the names of these people during the police investigation,” he said, identifying the individuals as Nik Azmi Nik Daud, John Pang and blogger Din Merican.
He claimed a military intelligence officer known as Col Azmi Zainal Abidin had also given him similar information.
He said that in his meeting with Nik Azmi, he had asked the latter why he was being pressured to make the SD.
Raja Petra added: “He said Pak Lah would relinquish his post, (and) if we don’t block Najib, (he) will become the prime minister to succeed Pak Lah.”
Din: I was not in cahoots with Raja Petra
RPK: Anwar has lost his credibility
Reports by SIRA HABIBU, RUBEN SARIO, JOSHUA FOONG, IAN MCINTYRE, P. ARUNA and CALVIN YEO
PETALING JAYA: Blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin claimed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim lost his credibility as the Opposition leader when he failed to fulfil the promise that the Opposition pact would form the government on Sept 16, 2008.
Raja Petra, who said Anwar was once his close friend, added that he too was deceived by the PKR adviser’s false promises when he (Raja Petra) was detained under the Internal Security Act.
“Anwar came to the court because there were two cases going on simultaneously and told me don’t worry, you will be out soon because we are going to form the government on Sept 16′,” he said in the second part of an interview with TV3 aired last night.
Raja Petra alleged that unfulfilled promises, internal bickering in Pakatan Rakyat and Anwar’s personal issues were enough for the people to re-evaluate Anwar’s capability to lead the Opposition pack.
He claimed that many had told him that they were disillusioned with Anwar and had lost all confidence in him.
“The moment someone criticises the leadership, action is taken against them,” Raja Petra added.
He added that sometimes there were misunderstandings between PAS, DAP and PKR in the running of Selangor, resulting in contradictions among one another pertaining to policies.
“Anwar kept quiet while the people below him were fighting. This is not good leadership. A leader knows how to control his soldiers,” Raja Petra said.
In the first part of the interview on Wednesday, Raja Petra said he believed that the order for him to write the statutory declaration (SD) implicating the Prime Minister and his wife in the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2008 came from Anwar.
In his latest blog posting yesterday, Raja Petra said he had never implicated Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in Altantuya’s murder, even in the SD.
“Sometimes, we need a storm to get people’s attention. Maybe now the police will do what I have been asking them to do in the last three years investigate my SD and ascertain the truth behind what Lt Kol Azmi Zainal Abidin alleged,” he said.
Lt Kol Azmi was a military intelligence officer who Raja Petra claimed was among those who gave him information on the murder.
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