Raja Petra bares all in an exclusive interview with a blogger, Big Dog
KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin said the opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is intolerant of dissent views.
In an exclusive interview with blogger Big Dog on Friday night, Raja Petra or well-known within the circle as RPK, said the latest incident of him being dropped as a panel in a political forum with Anwar is a form of gag order.
He also added it was not different than the time when Anwar held the Deputy Prime Minister post.
“Even when he was in the Federal Government as Deputy Prime Minister, he would use all his power and influence to stop anything that doesn’t suit him from being raised. Everyone knows this. Ask all the editors!” he said.
RPK was supposed to appear with Anwar and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange at a political forum in Kent, England on Saturday before his name was removed following Anwar's request to the organiser.
“Anwar wants to to snub me. It was his way to tell the world that I am not relevant and shouldn’t share the same platform with him,” he added.
Big Dog also wrote that although Anwar would only be present in the forum via Skype instead of RPK’s physical appearance, he was insistent that the latter should not appear with him.
In Big Dog’s latest blog post the Malaysia Today founder also explained his latest allegation against Pakatan Rakyat-led government in Selangor and shared his views on other arising issues in the coalition.
As soon as the news of Anwar’s refusal to share the same stage with Raja Petra broke out, the blogosphere questioned Anwar’s sincerity on democracy and freedom of speech.
Blogger Outsyed the Box today wrote Anwar had described his definition of democracy from his latest action.
He wrote: “Today we see Raja Petra also being hit with a gag order."
“This is their democracy. I tell you democacy will die if these people come to power.”
Another blog post at The KL Chronicle echoed similar sentiment by asking “does Anwar really believe in free speech? If so, why is he silencing his critics?