Now you see
it, now you dont. Yes, people like David Copperfield make
a very good living doing silap mata. The English call it
magic. Actually it is more a sleight of hand. The hand moves faster
than the eye, they always say, so while they make you focus on
one hand, the other hand does the magic trick. Malays
call it silap mata, which translates literally to fault
of the eye. Whatever it may be, and whatever language you
are comfortable with, the main gist to the whole thing is: what
you see is not what you get - or in computer language,
the Government of Malaysia tried doing a David Copperfield on
Mizan Regrets Claims He Supports Illegal Rally," screamed
the Bernama headlines (Nov 16). The Malay version said, "Tuanku
Mizan Kesal Dakwaan Baginda Sokong Perhimpunan Haram." [English
version can be read below.]
Wow! To the
layman this sounds very serious indeed. A very high-ranking
Istana Negara [palace of the king] official named Datuk Wan Mohd
Safiain Wan Hasan and going by the title of Datuk Pengelola Bijaya
Diraja has issued a statement of behalf of The Agong [Malaysian
king]. Who is this guy anyway?
guy holds the position that Jeanne Danker used to hold before
she dislodged the Raja Permaisuri Agong to become Malaysias
so-called First Lady. Actually, the Prime Ministers
wife is maybe the 22nd Lady after the Raja Permaisuri
Agong [the queen]; the consorts of the nine State Rulers; the
four Undangs; the four Governors; followed by the few ex-Raja
Permaisuri Agong still living. But the government-controlled media
would like us to believe that the Federal Constitution of Malaysia
is wrong in placing 21 other ladies above the Prime Ministers
Safiain chappie hails from Terengganu and works for the Prime
Ministers Department. In fact, the entire office of the
Istana Negara comes under the Prime Ministers Department.
I remember relating an incident which happened way back in November
1999, a few days before the Tenth General Election.
1999, I was tasked with the job of delivering a letter from Barisan
Alternatif [Alternative Front] to the Istana Negara requesting
an audience with The Agong then, my uncle. I delivered the letter
at noon on Friday and went off to the mosque for my Friday prayers.
When I went back to the office around 2.30 pm there was a reply
waiting for me in the fax machine turning down our request for
an audience, with a suggestion that we try again after the general
election. Our letter was addressed to The Agong. The reply came
from the Prime Ministers Department. The Agong never got
to see the letter and was not even aware that one had been sent.
And that was probably the fastest reply ever from a government
department in Malaysias entire history.
So now we
know how the Istana Negara office works. The office comes under
the Prime Ministers Department and the people in that office
are planted there by the Prime Ministers Department to be
the eyes, ears and sometimes mouth of the government as well.
And today we saw an example of how it has become the mouth of
the government. Todays announcement by the Datuk Pengelola
Bijaya Diraja, not the Keeper of the Royal Seal but the Keeper
of the Royal Linen a la Jeanne Danker before she became First
Lady, is a prime example of how these plants from the Prime
Ministers Department are the eyes, ears and mouth of the
That is why
it was not wise to quietly deliver the Bersih [the Clean protest
movement] Memorandum to The Agong. If that had been done, then
the Memorandum would have been hijacked and would have been diverted
to the Prime Ministers Department instead - and The Agong
would have never seen it. And that was also why it was necessary
for 100,000 citizens to march to the Istana Negara to escort
the Memorandum - although only 50,000 [Ed: Other reports place
the figure at 30,000] eventually got through because they sealed
off all the roads into Kuala Lumpur which resulted in one of the
worst traffic jams in history.
is why it was not wise to quietly deliver the Bersih [the
Clean protest movement] Memorandum to The Agong [king].
If that had been done, then the Memorandum would have been
hijacked and would have been diverted to the Prime Ministers
Department instead - and The Agong would have never seen
Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja chappie is a most unpopular personality
in the Palace office. Everyone in the Palace office knows he has
been planted there as the eyes and ears of the government. And
his job is not only to keep a watch on things and report back
to the Prime Ministers office whatever is happening in the
Palace, but he has also been tasked with the job of frustrating
every effort of The Agong in interacting with the rakyat (citizens).
press announcement did not come from The Agong. It did not even
come from the Keeper of the Royal Seal whose job it is to make
official statements on behalf of The Agong. It came from a glorified
chamber maid planted in the Palace as an enemy in the blanket.
These are the worst kind of slime-balls and scumbags. They smile
and call you friend. Then they stick a dagger in your back.
wanted to meet their Monarch that afternoon of Saturday, 10 November
2007. The Agong did not say no. The Agong will never say no to
100,000 rakyat who wish for an audience with His Majesty. The
Agong just wanted to know how many people will be representing
the 100,000 rakyat and what their names are.
also realised that the government will certainly try to frustrate
the effort of the 100,000 rakyat who wished for an audience with
His Majesty. And this did happen. The government said that a police
permit would be required and that the organisers should apply
for one. So the organisers did, but the application was rejected.
And the government warned that if the 100,000 rakyat still insisted
on pursuing the march then the government would retaliate with
force. And the government did as promised.
first volley was fired on the assembled marchers around the Masjid
Jamek-Masjid India area, word was passed down the line that the
19th Brigade of the Royal Malay Regiment or Regimen Askar Melayu
Di-Raja (RAMD) was on stand-bye, to move in if there are any fatal
casualties. Fourteen armoured cars (kereta perisai) had
earlier arrived from Sungai Petani and were parked at the Sungai
Buloh military camp, ready to roll at a minutes notice.
It would take them 10 or 15 minutes to arrive at the scene of
any violence against the rakyat.
were pressed and alarm bells rung. This had happened once on May
13, 1969 in Kampong Baru. The Royal Malay Regiment is not one
to mess around with. The Agong is their Commander-in-Chief and
soldiers are trained to obey their Commander-in-Chief at no consequence
to their own lives.
backed off. They were reduced to traffic control where those positioned
at junctions stopped cars to allow the marchers to safely cross
the road. The RAMD remained on standby and the next morning the
14 kereta perisai (armoured cars) quietly slipped out of
Sungai Buloh and went home.
armoured cars had earlier arrived from Sungai Petani and
were parked at the Sungai Buloh military camp, ready to
roll at a minutes notice. It would take them 10 or
15 minutes to arrive at the scene of any violence against
the rakyat... So the government backed off.
has worried the government. The Agong did not say he did not wish
to meet the representatives of the 100,000 marchers. He in fact
asked for their names. And when the government issued threats
of violence against the marchers, the 19th Brigade of the RAMD
was brought into Kuala Lumpur with 14 kereta perisai. This
was The Agongs way of saying that if you shoot the marchers,
just like you did in Batu Burok in front of The Agongs palace
in Kuala Terengganu, then all hell will break loose.
So the government
backed off. They had no choice. The 100,000 rakyat wanted to meet
The Agong and His Majesty had said yes. And the 19th Brigade of
the RAMD came to town to ensure that yes means yes.
Ahmad Badawi issued a decree at the Umno General Assembly the
day before the Saturday, 10 November 2007, march. He said he pantang
dicabar. This translates to mean he is allergic to being
challenged. And his son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, asked the police
to arrest all the marchers. Yes, arrest all the marchers. Arrest
all 1,000 of them! Arrest all 2,000 of them! Hey, even if it is
5,000, arrest all 5,000 of them. But wow, it is 50,000 with another
50,000 on the way. How to arrest 50,000, or 100,000 if the other
50,000 reach Kuala Lumpur?
about arresting them. 50,000 is too large a number to arrest.
There are not enough trucks to ferry 50,000 and not enough jails
to house 50,000 people. Instead, close all the roads leading into
Kuala Lumpur. Seal off Kuala Lumpur and not allow anyone in. Let
it remain 50,000. Dont allow it to grow to 100,000. Then
we will announce we won. We will announce that the march failed
and the illegal demonstrators were prevented from
assembling at Dataran Merdeka [Merdeka Square].
we are told that they never intended to assemble in Dataran Merdeka
in the first place. The Dataran Merdeka thing was a decoy, a Red
Herring. They wanted the police to assemble in Dataran Merdeka
so that they can march unhindered to the Istana Negara. We were
tricked. They won. We lost.
is not lost. We can still announce that The Agong is not happy
with the march. We will announce that The Agong did not agree
to the march. We will announce that The Agong did not consent
to the march. That will give the perception that we won and the
100,000 marchers lost. And we will get the head of housekeeping
to make that announcement. After all, he is our plant in the Palace.
He is our man and on our payroll. And, since he carries this very
impressive title, no one will know he is just in charge of making
the beds and not actually anyone important.
Well, Malaysia Today knows. And Malaysia Today knows that most
in the Istana Negara regard him as a slime-ball and a scumbag.
And anything he who makes the beds says does not matter as long
as it is not The Agong himself who said it. Try again guys. Maybe
you will have better luck next time. And please, dont ask
that slime-ball and scumbag to make any statements if you want
us to believe that it is really The Agong who is saying it.
Mizan Regrets Claims He Supports Illegal Rally
LUMPUR, Nov 16 (Bernama) -- Yang di- Pertuan Agong Tuanku
Mizan Zainal Abidin has expressed regret over claims that
he and the Palace approved and supported Saturdays
illegal rally in the city.
a statement issued here today by the Datuk Pengelola Bijaya
Diraja of Istana Negara, Datuk Wan Mohd Safiain Wan Hasan,
the King also regretted the gathering which was organised
by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) and
supported by the opposition parties.
Mizan stressed that he and Istana Negara had at no time
approved or given any support, directly or indirectly, to
any quarters that organised or was involved in the illegal
assembly or any other activities that contravened the law.
Saturday, Bersih, which comprises several non-governmental
organisations, as well as some opposition parties had gathered
their supporters at various spots in the city, including
around Masjid Jamek, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and the National
Mosque, before marching to Istana Negara to hand over a
memorandum to Tuanku Mizan.
following Monday, PAS secretary-general Datuk Kamaruddin
Jaffar said Bersih had decided to submit the memorandum
to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after the ruler himself approved
of it, and that the presence of Bersih at Istana Negara
was to hand over the memorandum to the King's representative.
the statement, Tuanku Mizan said as the head of state, he
was responsible in ensuring that the country's administration
based on the constitutional monarchy system, as enshrined
in the Federal Constitution, was respected and adhered to
hoped that the people would act in accordance with the law
and not be involved in any illegal action or activity.
Malaysian citizen is responsible for maintaining public
order for continued peace and stability in the country,"
Tuanku Mizan said.
King also hoped that the people would together work at preserving
unity and harmony to ensure that the country would continue
to develop, prosper and be respected.
Wan Mohd Safiain said that Istana Negara, for the first
time, summoned the media to publicise the content of the
statement as the King viewed the matter seriously.
Istana Negara would issue a statement via facsimile but
this time, we had to call the media here to ensure that
the Kings message reaches the people," he added.
The above article was posted on www.malaysia-today.net (Your source
of independent news). Raja Petra Kamarudin started the Malaysia
Today website and his blog to facilitate open discussion on Malaysia's
political and social scenes. Known for his hard-hitting commentaries,
which are often infused with humour, Raja Petra is also the author
of When Time Stood Still
and From Prince To Prisoner.
Guarding An Empty Field, by Raja Petra Kamarudin