Unravelling the mystery of the Great RPK Manhunt

By Eyes Wide Open

Has anyone googled “RPK London” to see which news agencies are carrying the sensational “news” about the great RPK Manhunt? If yes, perhaps you would have noticed something.

NOT…A…SINGLE…NEWS…BODY…OUTSIDE…MALAYSIA…IS…COVERING…

THE…RPK…MANHUNT…AT…ALL!

Isn’t it strange that such a sensational story (cops closing in on fugitive dissenting blogger) gets ZERO attention, whereas the BBC covered his ISA arrest in 2008, and several other stories involving RPK. I’m no journalist, but I would have thought catching an international fugitive would be a bigger and better story than catching s blogger at home.
But this whole storm is merely raging in the tiny Malaysian teacup! I wonder why…

Well, if we take a step back and look at this whole manhunt thing from the perspective that it’s all just a big hoax or sandiwara, then you will notice a pattern emerging.

In the past few weeks, interest suddenly flares up about finding RPK after months of inactivity. Lots of talk, but there is ZERO progress in actually FINDING RPK.

Throughout this time, various comments are made by UMNO and UMNO-linked bigwigs (this is significant as I’ll explain later.) Among the comments are:

“If Raja Petra feels he is not in the wrong, he should come forward and clear his name. Why should he hide? He should return here,” – The IGP

“RPK should look after his son and not live a life of luxury with his wife in London. Surely, there is a way to see to his problems if he comes back.” – RPK’s so-called close friend, Azwanddin Hamzah

“Raja Petra will need huge funds to continue living in luxury in London,” – Deputy Edu Minister, Dr Mohd Puad

“How can a bankrupt man afford to stay in a luxury apartment and use a foreign passport?” Umno Supreme Council member, Datuk Abdul Latif Ahmad

“Other bloggers could be part of a syndicate to tarnish the country’s good name but that only Raja Petra was special enough to have been sponsored on an overseas trip.” Umno Supreme Council member, Datuk Abdul Latif Ahmad

Etc, etc, etc…

Do you notice the pattern in the statements? Or rather, can you guess the target audience that this sandiwara is intended for given the particular themes of these comments?

It may not be that obvious to the casual reader. But based on my experience as someone who used to be in the advertising and marketing industry, it’s not difficult to discover the communication strategy with a little reverse engineering.

In this case, I would say that the intended target market is the Malay population – specifically, the rural/underprivileged Malays which make up UMNO’s base.

Why do I say this?

First, let’s identify what’s most important to the rural/underprivileged Malays. When we do that, we can then identify whether the plot of the great RPK Manhunt story fits the hypothesis that it is intended for the particular target market.

In a nutshell, we could say that the most important issues to rural/underprivileged Malays are:

1) Family
2) Religion/Right living
3) Moderation/humility
4) Personal pride/dignity

Now let’s look at the comments again:

“If Raja Petra feels he is not in the wrong, he should come forward and clear his name. Why should he hide? He should return here,” Basically, the IGP is calling RPK a coward. This oblique attack on RPK’s pride/dignity will surely resonate among the targeted Malays and plant seeds of doubt in their minds about RPK’s “fearless champion of truth” image.

“RPK should look after his son and not live a life of luxury with his wife in London. Surely, there is a way to see to his problems if he comes back.” This attack on RPK’s credibility and worthiness as a father will also surely resonate among the targeted Malays.

“Raja Petra will need huge funds to continue living in luxury in London,” An attack targetting the “moderation” sensibilities of the intended Malay audience. Surely, the hero running away from facing the music to live a life of luxury is one of the lowest sort of “derhaka”? At least, that’s the story being sold.

“How can a bankrupt man afford to stay in a luxury apartment and use a foreign passport?” A 3-in-1 combo attack, implying that RPK is dishonest, immoral and greedy. Surely a Malay concerned with living according to his religious teachings would start to wonder about the credibility of RPK’s writings questioning certain Muslims’ actions and justifications.

“Other bloggers could be part of a syndicate to tarnish the country’s good name but that only Raja Petra was special enough to have been sponsored on an overseas trip.” I’ll let you figure this one out by yourself. I’m sure by now you get the drift of where all this is heading, don’t you?

It’s pretty clear that this whole manhunt sandiwara is nothing more than an exercise to:

1) discredit RPK & by extension his writings
2) win back support for UMNO as the “real” champion of the Malays
3) distract attention from the real issues (eg. corruption, TBH, GST)
4) distract attention from RPK’s attacks

Need more proof? How about this:

Didn’t the cops “confirm” that RPK was in Australia a few months ago? They didn’t bring him back then. Now that the cops “confirm” that RPK is in London, they’re STILL NOT INTERESTED TO CATCH THEIR MAN?

The first time around, there wasn’t much to the “escape to Brisbane” story. But I guess since APCO got the million-ringgit contract, the propaganda has gotten a little better now. Such news don’t serve as mere distractions anymore but also functions as attacks on the powers-that-be’s enemies!

Well, at least we know that our hard-earned tax money is being spent on a company that really knows how sell us lies – and with their 2-in-1 propaganda strategy, it’s better value for money too!

Should we be thankful for that?

Comments
16 Responses to “Unravelling the mystery of the Great RPK Manhunt”
  1. Just tired says:

    Just another sandiwara by the Uncivilized Monkeys Nonsensical Organization! They are best at creating doubts and spinning half truths and lies! What else can they do? They spend most of their time trying to figure out where the next big project is coming and how to get a share of the pie. Other times they will spend their time, figuring out how to fool the rural Malays.

  2. Idris says:

    For all we know, RPK’s sponsor could be the old fox from Kerala.

    He is dying to kick Najib out to make way for his son to become the PM!

    Syaitan lawan syaitan.

    Hidup PAS Hidup Tok Guru

  3. Idris says:

    Just tired Jan 3, 2010 at 2:16 am,

    You are right, all these anjing anjing UMNO/BN spend their time figuring out where the next big project is coming and how to get a share of the pie. Besides that, they are also going round chasing after skirts.

    They are the real womaniser. They will go abroad to womanise. Do you know there are many Datuks who keep women in neighbouring countries? This way, they are not caught and they can smoke and drink hard liquor without being rotan-ed.

    Allah will hukum them! Allah knows what they do and practise.

  4. htr says:

    Catching RPK is going to be a big headache for govt – another international focus on Malaysia after Anwar. But what a story RPK will have to tell – can Najib really afford it? His credibility is already at an all-time low. His swearing on the quoran has not helped his case, his huge relauctance to go to court and answer all the allegations of blowing up Altantuya with C4, erased immigration records have never been investigated and now the loss of 2 jet engines under his watch. How much more can the rakyat take?

  5. Pak Abu says:

    Well, why is this one blogger receiving so much attention? Simply, it is because he has the guts to take on the entire establishment and expose them. Diversionary tactics are being employed by APCO and the cowed mainstream media to draw us away from the real problems of our nation. Systemic corruption, abuses of power, the economy ,etc are not dealt with by Najib and his cohort.

    It is time for Anwar and PR to take over. But right now, PR and especially PKR in Selangor should demonstrate that it can govern well. The expectations of Malaysian voters must be met asap.

    There is a message here for Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim: Get on with your job and communicate with the public. Use your talent pool well and don’t micromanage. Happy New Year.

  6. sarawakian says:

    By now every thinking malaysian would have known that this is the wayang kulit way UMNO use to redirect the rakyat focus from the damaging issues like the lost of airforce jet engines, the Port Klang etc..

  7. shar101 says:

    I thought RPK’s in London, having tea and crumpets with ARB, discussing the dreadful weather there.

    Or was it the Polish clime?

    Anywayz, RPK’s extradition would require a British court to hear the mitigating factors from the respondent. Will NTR be courageous enough to face the international ‘negative’ publicity emanating from such a request?

    Chasing shadows to find their own tail with tall tales by APCO.

    And dead elephants still stink despite the dogmatic wolf cries.

  8. James Kim says:

    Keep on runnung, RPK and keep on spilling the beans. PM is shaking again.

  9. lowxinpui says:

    We NEVER believed the MSM and the IGP.

    If they could photograph the apartment where RPK stays how come they cannot photograph RPK moving in and out or interview any of the residents there to find out if he is staying /did stayed there ???

    It is so simple.

  10. togola says:

    I see the pattern also. It is like they are all schooled in the same way. treating every issue as a perception problem that can be fixed just by changing people’s perception. to never admit any misstep, ever.

    The odd way how they will make the comments seem to come from various “joe public neutral sources eg. NGOs” to support a speculation and then suddenly within a week the story evolves to be a quoted matter of fact eg.
    — “RPK could be using a foreign pasport…” (speculation!)… ‘how can RPK use a foreign passport, live in luxury…etc.?!” (fact!).

    Recently I saw an ad in the papers & discovered that there is a Centre for Media & Information Warfare Studies at UiTM Shah Alam. And that they offer a degree course in Digital Media Warfare – with listed subjects like — Media, Information Warfare and Perception Management, War, Religion and Society, Media Warfare Technology, Media-State Relations, Message Presentation and Design Strategies, Psycholinguistics and Warfare, Control of Information, etc.

    I suppose those are all valid & fascinating subjects of academic study but when exclusively offered in a uni with a 1-race policy & mixed with some BTN magic who knows how many ‘media-savvy racists’ they churn out every year to fill positions of power in UMNO. Equipped with tools of mayhem & war-mongering thots.

    Which might explain the pattern we all see in the local media – a veritable STATE OF WAR.

    Where all tactics no matter how vile (lies, deception, etc.) are deemed permissible & justified a necessity. That’s why morality & humanity does not seem to matter to them?

  11. Excellent analysis, brother! Keep up the great blogging and expose the retarded red herrings that they are throwing in our paths to distract us from the real issues that we face in our beloved nation.

    God bless you and may this year be filled with vision, courage and wisdom as you and yours enjoy the showers of blessings from above.

    Shalom

  12. malaysianparent says:

    Wonderful Sir. If only the rural malays can have their eyes wide open about this ad the decades of betrayal by the government in the guise of the NEP and the genetic superiority bs….

  13. malaysianparent says:

    typo – ad = and

  14. Paul Warren says:

    I am just reading SIX DAYS about the 6 day war between Israel and its Arab neighbours in 1967. The statements made by various authorities and UMNO big wigs sounds no different from the boasts made over Voice of Arabs out of Egypt over the first two days of the war which would have had everyone fooled into thinking Israel was indeed going to be thrown out into the sea.

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