Fitnah of Raja Petra Kamarudin Umno Has Freedom to Corruption so is better to choose Mahatir’s UMNO then Anwar’s PAKATAN


How does someone maintain a relationship with God when one describes one’s life as: dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable? If one believes that God is all-loving and all powerful, how then can one turn to God for help?


RPK,
If you genuinely have evidence of corruption committed by PR lawmakers at the state level please disclose it now, not when PR has captured Putrajaya. You should know that your recent revelation was somewhat uninspiring and left many unconvinced and disappointed to say the least. We want to see corruption nipped in the bud otherwise it will fester! Corruption is corruption no matter who commits it, when and how it’s committed or whether the amount is large or small! It’s better to slay one or more to warn others that corruption will not be tolerated at all! Corruption is the root of all evils, and like what you said in your earlier posting, we must kill the UMNO CULTURE! PR must show that it’s sincere and serious in combating corruption and no grounds will be given. Agreed that corruption cannot be totally wiped out because of human nature’s greed and temptation and loopholes in the laws, but PR must endeavor to make as squeaking clean a PR government as possible at all times.
RPK,
If you genuinely have evidence of corruption committed by PR lawmakers at the state level please disclose it now, not when PR has captured Putrajaya. You should know that your recent revelation was somewhat uninspiring and left many unconvinced and disappointed to say the least. We want to see corruption nipped in the bud otherwise it will fester! Corruption is corruption no matter who commits it, when and how it’s committed or whether the amount is large or small! It’s better to slay one or more to warn others that corruption will not be tolerated at all! Corruption is the root of all evils, and like what you said in your earlier posting, we must kill the UMNO CULTURE! PR must show that it’s sincere and serious in combating corruption and no grounds will be given. Agreed that corruption cannot be totally wiped out because of human nature’s greed and temptation and loopholes in the laws, but PR must endeavor to make as squeaking clean a PR government as possible at all times.

(E-mail from Free Malaysia Today) – Raja Petra first highlighted that corruption was still rampant in Selangor as it has been under the Barisan Nasional rule in a series of interviews with the mainstream media in January.

The state government then reacted angrily by stating that Raja Petra was making wild accusations to undermine it.

Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s political secretary Faekah Husin had also offered to pay travel fare for Raja Petra to come to state secretariat to provide more information on his claims.
Responding to his interview to FMT today, Faekah reiterated the state government’s stand that it was willing to investigate the claims if Raja Petra would show evidence of corruption.

“This is the second time he has made such sweeping claims. He should furnish evidence on his claims. Or he should go to the MACC with the evidence,” she told FMT today.
Most people are predisposed to consuming news, views and analysis that fits their own world-view. To save you the effort of reading a critique of RPK  and then being disappointed that it was not from the perspective of saying he is on the wrong side, I will state upfront that I stand strongly against  the anticorruption drive. In fact, I am for expanding the revolution to a progressive holistic drive with bigger goals of sustainable development and socioeconomic level playing field for everyone in the country. This is a criticism of the unquestioning wide-eyed support and personality cult resulting in both deification and vilification of heroes instead of the focus being on policies. An unquestioning support during our independence struggle to those who made money on the name of Mahathirwho came to power by stoking Malay fervor, gave us broken, fractured and chaotic countries instead of a possible modern, secular, progressive and united Malaysia. I do not wish to see a repeat of our past mistakes of having too much reverence and faith in leaders. The personality cult of leaders Mahathir  RPK’S royalty is a manifestation of an infantile weak spot of our culture.so have  Mahathir and his team, in what is essentially a revolution of our generation but if we put blind faith in anyone, instead of harbingering a real change in Malay life, we could be cheering for exit of one corrupt politician inPutra Jaya , only to make way for another. If we let political opportunists ride people’s genuine discontentment against corruption, then only the masks inPutra Jaya would change but not the corrupt culture. The goal for a common man is not to replace a crook that comes with a label ofUMNO, with another crook having a label of Pakatan but a genuine transformation of the system. SO IS BETTER TO CHOOSE MAHATHIR,S UMNO ANWAR’S PAKATAN
Personality cult and following should not be confused with a questioning admiration of leaders and their veiws. Let me make it clear too that I admire Anna as a person and more importantly the movement he symbolizes on many but not all the issues. I do not want to make a great hero into a scapegoat just as I would not see him made into a sacred cow. I am also not interested in driving the catalyst of this anticorruption campaign into ditch by promoting questioning of personal conduct and beliefs too much. Beliefs and personal conducts of leaders are important but vastly less than the policies they guide, hence my admiration and criticism is mainly about the policies of the team Anna. Just as we question the direction of anticorruption movement, it is far more important to question a government that has been arrogant, incompetent, unjust, corrupt and dictatorial. In the same breath of questioning Anna, we also need to ask ourselves if we should buy into the demonization of Anna, the person, as well as the phenomenon. This demonization of Anna by the bulldogs of Congress would not have been much different by any other party in power. Support and opposition to this bill is based on shear political equations and not because of principles. So my criticism is of the whole opportunistic political class in general and not specifically of the chamchas yes men of Sonia memsahib and Yuvraj Rahul, the heir apparent. We need heroes to be the Sutradhars between chapters of history (those who connect one episode of the play to another, providing continuity and transition) but not be the Margdarshaks (spiritual guides). We all need to be our own margadarshaks for a vibrant democracy. Heroes are required as catalysts of struggles but they should never be made bigger than issues. We need our Irom Sharmilas, Medha Patkars and Anna Hazares to lead in fights to make a better India. We need to stand by our heroes when they make sense and we need to pack them home when they don’t. The dangers of personality cult, irrespective of the current portrayal in popular history, of Gandhi, Nehru, Subhas, Patel, Jinnah, Hitler, Roosevelt, Mandela, Stalin, Mao and Churchill etcetera are all too evident to me at least, to do the mistake of putting anyone above questioning.

There is also the defense that I hear from people who believe that God is all-powerful and has His own reasons for “making” someone suffer. That is not my theology and I have never told that to anyone to whom I have ministered. I do believe that God is there to help us get through those difficult times in our lives — and if you say that God caused something, then you can’t go to God to help you through it. I truly believe that things happen in life for which there are no explanations, nor are there reasons — it could be genetic, environmental, accidental, etc. God is there to help us get through those challenges, not to inflict them. That would be a sadistic God — and I don’t believe that God is a sadist.

So, what do you think? Those of you who believe that there is a God — how would you maintain a relationship with God when you feel that your life is undignified and intolerable?

Definition of Fitnah

Posted On 2011-09-20
The word Fitnah from a linguistic point of view and its meanings in the Quran and Sunnah

Al-Azhari said: “The Arabic word Fitnah includes meanings of testing and trial. The root is taken from the phrase Fatantu Al-Fiddah Wal-Dhahab (I assayed (tested the quality of) the silver and gold), meaning I melted the metals to separate the bad from the good. Similarly, Allah says in the Quran (interpretation of the meaning): (It will be) a Day when they will be tried [Yuftanoona] (punished, i.e. burnt) over the Fire! [Al-Dhaariyaat 51:13], meaning, burning them with fire.” (Tahdheeb Al-Lughah, 14/196).
Ibn Faaris said: Fa-ta-na is a sound root which indicates testing or trial.” (Maqaayees Al-Lughah, 4/472). This is the basic meaning of the word Fitnah in Arabic.
Ibn Al-Atheer said: Fitnah: trial or test. The word is often used to describe tests in which something disliked is eliminated. Later it was also often used in the sense of sin, Kufr (disbelief), fighting, burning, removing and diverting.” (Al-Nihaayah, 3/410. Ibn Hajar said something similar in Al-Fath, 13/3).
Ibn Al-Arabi summed up the meanings of Fitnah when he said: “Fitnah means testing, Fitnah means trial, Fitnah means wealth, Fitnah means children, Fitnah means Kufr, Fitnah means differences of opinion among people, Fitnah means burning with fire. (Lisaan Al-Arab by Ibn Manzoor).
Meanings of the word Fitnah in the Quran and Sunnah:

1. Testing and trial:
(Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: We believe, and will not be tested [La Yuftanoon]) [Al-Ankaboot 29:2] i.e., that they will not be subjected to trial, as Ibn Jareer said.

2. Blocking the way and turning people away:
(But beware of them lest they turn you [Yaftinooka] (O Muhammad) far away from some of that which Allah has sent down to you) [Al-Maaidah 5:49] Al-Qurtubi said: this means blocking your way and turning you away.

3. Persecution:
(Then, verily, your Lord for those who emigrated after they had been put to trials [Futinoo] and thereafter strove hard and fought (for the Cause of Allaah) and were patient, verily, your Lord afterward is, Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful) [al-Nahl 16:110] Put to trial means persecuted.

4. Shirk and Kufr:
(And fight them until there is no more Fitnah, disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allaah) [Al-Baqarah 2:193] Ibn Katheer said: this means shirk (worshipping others besides Allaah).

5. Falling into sin and hypocrisy:
(The hypocrites will call the believers: Were we not with you? The believers will reply: Yes! But you led yourselves into temptations [Fatantum Anfusakum], you looked forward for our destruction; you doubted (in Faith) and you were deceived by false desires” [Al-Hadeed 57:14] Al-Baghawi said: i.e., you made yourselves fall into hypocrisy and you destroyed yourselves by means of sin and whims and desires.

6. Confusing truth with falsehood:
(And those who disbelieve are allies of one another, (and) if you (Muslims of the whole world collectively) do not do so [i.e. become allies, as one united block under one Khaleefah (a chief Muslim ruler for the whole Muslim world) to make victorious Allah’s religion of Islamic Monotheism], there will be Fitnah (wars, battles, polytheism) and oppression on the earth, and a great mischief and corruption (appearance of polytheism)) [Al-Anfaal 6:73] What this means is that “unless believers are taken as close friends instead of disbelievers, even if they are relatives, there will be Fitnah on earth, i.e., truth will be confused with falsehood.” This is how it is explained in Jaami Al-Bayaan by Ibn Jareer.

7. Misguidance:
(And whomsoever Allaah wants to put in Al Fitnah (error, because of his rejecting of Faith), you can do nothing for him against Allaah) [Al-Maa’idah 5:41] The meaning of Fitnah here is misguidance. Al-Bahr al-Muheet by Abu Hayaan, 4/262.

8. Killing and taking prisoners:
(If you fear that the disbelievers may put you in trial [Yaftinakum] attack you) [al-Nisa’ 4:101] This refers to the Kafirs attacking the Muslims whilst they are praying and prostrating, in order to kill them or take them prisoner, as stated by Ibn Jareer.

9. Difference among people and lack of agreement:
(And they would have hurried about in your midst (spreading corruption) and sowing sedition among you [Yabghoonakum Al-Fitnah]” [al-Tawbah 9:47] i.e., they would have stirred up differences amongst you, as it says in al-Kashshaaf, 2/277.

10. Insanity:
(Which of you is afflicted with madness (Maftoon)” [Al-Qalam 68:6] Here it means madness.

11. Burning with fire:
(Verily, those who put into trial [Fatanoo] the believing men and believing women (by torturing them and burning them) [Al-Burooj 85:10]

Note:
Fitnah is a very serious offense in Islam. According to the Qur’an it is worse than killing. It is very dangerous to sow disunity and discord in the Muslim community. Someone who wishes to do Fitnah, wishes to divide the Muslims and cause them to fight with each other.

Muslim unity
Do all Muslims need to have the same view to unite? No. This is not what is meant by unity. Unity is where truth-seeking Muslims from all over the world accept each other despite their race, (madhab), or view. The utmost important duty for every Muslim is to preserve and protect the Muslim unity and not to cause any division in the Muslim rank.
For the sake of Muslim unity, we should learn to tolerate each other. We should discuss and learn from each other. The best way to judge people is by their level of Taqwa (how will they refrain from doing evil).

What goes round comes round. Raja Petra Kamaruddin (RPK, Raja) was always about his self-centered narcissistic person. He was destined to fall on his own sword when the extent of his far fetched allegations against the Prime Minister and his wife began to take a life of its own out of the Raja’s control.Added to his circus was one Balasubramaniam (Bala) the former policeman turned private investigator turned internet media sensation appearing with his lawyer Amarick Siddhu Singh. Siddhu admitted on the record that he had assisted Bala with his Statutory Declaration, that he had taken instruction from Bala about its contents. That document it so happens turned out to be another complete fabrication of inconsistencies and lies in the mould of the Raja’s own.

There were those video taped interviews of a Raja so contrived, complete with  feigned emotions of a “father who had looked into the eyes of  the grieving father of the late Altantuya Sharibuu and knew what it felt like”.

This RPK followed up with even bolder claims that he had control over a police officer at Bukit Aman who would do his every bidding. Not quite satisfied with his epiphany of lies to outrage a nation he offered them the ultimate insult by claiming that he was possessed of firsthand information, from a military intelligence officer who he claims was present at the disposal of Altantuya’s body the day it was allegedly blown up with C4 explosives tied to her corpse.

Speculation was rife that Altantuya may have been alive when blown up adding to the gruesome fiction created and disseminated by RPK. RPK had become addicted to the reactions, the feedback to his lies, his fictions and fantasies.

RPK began to  feel the embrace of fame and popularity. Having fallen for the seduction of fame and public recognition he immersed himself in his new found passion of playing “the boy who cried woolf”.

He called out woolf time and time again and the gullible and the opportunists in his midst answered his call each time. It was fun. It became  addictive. He became a prisoner of his vanity and cocooned himself in that web of deceit he had spun around others engulfing and entrapping himself in the process.

YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME

To his credit RPK is a phenomenon like no other. Malaysia’s ‘chardonay lefties’ and its highly mobile and affluent street culture are now confronted by the reality that their treacherous hero and  God has feet of clay.

Raja had informed himself of the gullibility of the masses. There are too many examples and temptations out there for someone in his position of internet trawler and gossip blogger to have ignored. There was Jim and Tammy Baker, Jim Jones,  Beni Hinn, and of course the unseen forces that dominate the internet gossip culture, snaring by the millions the unwary with their scams and circulars of populist theories and about the sky falling. It is an ideal market for those who are prepared to accept these theories and the grand assertions of other without question and without first checking the facts.

Those who against all logic and common sense attend the Billy Graham type crusades even to the point of mass suicides as occurred in Jonestown Guyana in 1977 led by the preacher Reverend Jim Jones are the low hanging fruit that people like the Raja and their coalition of opposition to government pick first. It is almost effortless.

Take the falsehood of the infamous Tommy Hilfiger scam in emails. It was a scam of Himalayan proportions that drew in millions from a wide range of the cross section of society. Doctors, judges, lawyers, academics and that core of the Malaysian middle classes RPK’s constituency many of whom continue still believe in that outrageous lie that Tommy Hilfiger a world renowned designer would have gone on to the Oprah Winfrey show to declare how he hates Blacks, Hispanics and Asians. An that scam email continues to do the rounds absorbing in its wake those who are willing to believe that lie.

These scams apply so effectively the same psychology which for decades have been used by multi level marketers to sell common household products to consumers by convincing them that by buying it, they like that bar of soap become part of a proven formula for personal success reflected in the glossy brochures (usually fictitious figures) they supply with it. That secret formula they claim is capable of elevating them to a status of superstardom way above that of the unenlightened, the common man. And there are those who will continue to believe it because they want to.

There are rituals they create and embrace to reinforce  the mantra of their logic. It reinforces the belief of their exclusivity and self conscious elitism. They trim their circles to exclude anyone who harbours doubt or has the temerity to question their logic. The enlightened amongst them are gradually reduced to being prisoners of their own ignorance, a captive market for someone elses designs and greater objectives.

The latest in this series of circular scams is that anti Islamic comment ascribed to Julia Gillard Prime Minister of Australia and another to a pilot in Australia’s international flag carrier  airline QANTAS doing the rounds of the internet.

The scam continues to do the rounds like a virus unabated as it is likely to continue well into the future with such a large pool of fools out there in cyberspace willing and waiting to be exploited.

Perhaps Tun Dr. Mahathir did have one flaw. He failed to tell Malaysians that securing a university degree does not necessarily mean gaining an education. The latter requires far more common sense than a parchment to achieve.

RPK loved to up the ante at every given opportunity in his blog. He would even if it meant stretching credibility, spreading and embellishing his outright lies, third hand hearsay or plain gossip to shock and to outrage a society largely conservative and politically immature in its makeup.

RPK was never alone. He could not have possibly operated alone or in a vacuum. He had allies many of whom are currently running for cover in the wake of his recanting of the Najib/ Rosmah allegations on TV 3.

Anwar Ibrahim is a natural scapegoat and convenient hook to hang any miserable flaw onto. To his credit he designed that hook himself.

SOME  TELL TALE SIGNS

RPK’s web site moderators have cleverly engaged in the practice of repetitive logging onto his site in a practice known as indexing using ‘spiders’ or ‘search engine noise’ to create the illusion of mass appeal.

Log of the ‘hits’ on RPK’s Malaysia Today web site tend to debunk the myth of an exaggerated readership and following RPK’s site claims credit for. The audit logs show repeated hits from ‘lists’ from public computers all contributing to the larger than usual number of real ‘hits’ from page reviews.

Well they do that at the US presidential elections as well so perhaps no great harm done. No harm done except till you get to the bottom of this political and social vandal’s objects of personal advancement in politics, his craving for personal attention and his mercenary approach to achieving his personal ambition by attacking and vilifying those who cannot often respond to his every vilification.

He uses the internet to abuse and his blog as a form of leverage against those he identifies aslegitimate targets including the Prime Minister Tun Razak who he now admits could not have possibly been involved in an event he so passionately pursued an allegation against even to the point of lying under oath in his Statutory Declaration.

A SUMMARY OF RPK THE PHENOMENON

RPK’s statutory Declaration not quite unlike Balasubramaniam’s is the work of a Malaysian lawyer. It bears all the hallmarks of their inadequacy and incompetence considering the value placed on his obscure hearsay statements deliberately leading people to draw unfavourable conclusions about Rosmah and Tun  Razak Najib. It was designed for that purpose. He admits to it now but not for the same reasons he ought to.

An abject unmitigated liar now proved to be,  many in the mainstream were afraid to lock horns with for his demonstrated capacity and propensity to manufacture events, evidence and to gather lynch mobs  in support of his ‘causes’.

The man draws from that wellspring of Malaysia’s middle class of novou riche, that layer of the social space “the great intellectual vacuum”, much like that large hole in the ozone layer, that drive RPK’s ego. To this extent he deserves credit. A Billy Graham, a political evangelist, the new Ram Bam, Rasputin or simply a manifestation of Malaysia’s political ‘freedoms’ gone mad.

RPK’s constituency consists of that section of Malaysia’s middle class fed on a regular diet of CNN, CNBC and the fake American accents of Asian presenters on on their screens,  local copycat presenters of ‘newsmen and women’ thrusting hand held recorders into the faces of parading lawyers and other actors in a pantomime of deceit, conceit and empty rhetoric. How clichéd. How ‘B’ grade American TV can it get? But that’s RPK and his audience.

Throw into the equation you have the Nutgraph, Malaysia Kini and other cohorts of this fourth estate so desperate for a villainous hero, a Robin Hood, a Paul Revere or Ned Kelly and you get the picture.

It was all about manufacturing consent as professor Naom Chomsky who coined that phrase would say. And RPK was never alone. He could not have survived the burden of the logistics of Malaysia today, prepared speeches, protection, money and access to media, travel and foreign travel at leisure without a well funded team of not supporters but anarchists and political transvestites.

 WHAT DID RPK SAY THEN AND WHAT SAYS HE NOW?

There have been credible revelations about the deals RPK courted with government published last year in this very blog. Deals which he RPK believed would catapult him instantly into the inner sanctum of power circles of Malaysia’s elite, a dream he had craved and coveted fulfilment of faster than the speed of light.

“Raja Petra Kamaruddin is believed to have confided in some of his closest of associates that he never really had any of the evidence he claimed he had against the wife of current Malaysian Prime Minister implicating her in the death of Altantuya Sharibu.

The fabrication, the concoction of ‘military intelligence‘ as his wellspring of information. Intelligence operatives confiding in him sensitive facts relating to the murder of Altantuya Sharibu was perhaps his biggest lie, and an empty boast that brought Raja Petra Kamaruddin undone in his own mind compelling him to do a runner.

It is an absurd proposition that military intelligence would indulge Raja Petra Kamaruddin in his flights of fancy over the Altantuya affair. It is even less credible that he was in possession of classified information relating to the death of the Mongolian woman. If he did have such information, reliable and of probative value, there would have been no need for him to run.

Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s constant outbursts on his website was more a reflection of contemporary Malaysian society’s hunger for news and sensationalism, a general embarrassment and anything but a creditable source of news or a show piece of journalism. An extension of the Susan Loone/ Zorro Unmasked  mentality. Loose, irresponsible and appealing to the lowest common denominator and incapable of telling fact from fiction”.  (Gopal Raj Kumar on “Where is Raja Petra Kamaruddin- A sweetheart deal to return November 2009?”

Gopal Raj Kumar and Syed Ali Khan (in London)

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