Haris Ibrahim's ABU people are ready to die, ke?
No way, says uber blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin (RPK)
"Malaysians bunch of cowards. Nak comment kat internet pun tak berani reveal real name."
The Mole spoke to RPK on Haris Ibrahim's "ready to die" statement he made on video on behalf of ABU (Anything But Umno).
That was said in a message to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“To Najib, understand this. [...] We will go to all lengths and at all cost to ensure that on polling day the will of the people will be heard. We hear that you and your party intend to cause trouble before, during and after polling. We are ready for you. We, many of us, are ready to die. Are you ready to die?”
Here's RPK's interview:
The Mole: "Were you part of this movement (Anything But UMNO) which Isham (Hishamuddin Rais) started in 2008?"
Raja Petra: "We were part of the All-Blogs movement, if you can remember. And also Bersih 1.0 in 2007.
There were so many different groups. Even one group that worked with Ku Li (Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah), you included."
The Mole: "You and Haris were part of the Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM). Why and how did the fall-out happen?"
Raja Petra: "Because I attacked ABU and he got mad with me. I said it is not Umno that we should oppose but the Umno culture.
That got him angry. And I also
attacked Anwar. That made him pissed. I also opposed Bersih 3.0 and said
it is a lost cause. If we can't do it in Bersih 1.0 and 2.0 what makes
you think Bersih 3.0 is going to achieve anything?"
The Mole: "How about what you think of Haris Ibrahim's 'ready to die' ABU squads?"
Raja Petra: "Gila (Crazy)".
The Mole: "Do
you think Haris Ibrahim is serious about 'ready to die' and that there
will actually be people like that in every polling centre/constituency?"
Raja Petra: "No way. Malaysians bunch of cowards. Nak comment kat internet pun tak berani reveal real name." (Even when they want to comment on the internet they're not brave enough to reveal their real names.)
Haris quit as the President of the
MCLM in January 2012 after a fall-out with Raja Petra following their
meeting in Thailand in late 2011. It is believed that Haris wanted to
make the MCLM a staging platform for funds to be channeled, in
preparation for the ‘Malaysian Spring’.
posting at his blog The People’s Parliament in August 2012, Haris asked
readers to contribute to his ABU efforts. He provided his CIMB account
number for the contributions to be channeled.
The ABU Facebook page recorded
22,249 likes and 4,620 people talking about it. That is hardly a few
oddballs, probably taken in by ABU’s hatred towards UMNO/BN and their
‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy.
Considering there are 222
Parliamentary and 505 State Assembly constituencies in this upcoming
13GE, it is hardly believable that as per Haris’s claim ABU squads will
monitor each of the 8,139 polling stations and escort each ballot box to
the 222 tally centres.
Raja Petra is probably right to
refer to Haris' plans as ‘Gila’. After all, making threats like “Ready
to die” is somewhat delusional bordering on madness.-The Mole