Tuesday, August 29, 2006

"I Am Not Arrogant"

"Gua Kepala Batas Mali, Talak Sombong"

"Peng yiu, gua Kepala Batas mali talak sombong"

Source: Utusan Malaysia.

On how he led a celebrity lifestyle:

‘‘Kita kena buat kerja...depa kata hang nak jadi PM pasai apa, dah takdir saya jadi PM apa boleh buat. Bila dah jadi PM kena buatlah kerja sebagai PM,’’ katanya.

Abdullah memberitahu, jawatan yang dipegangnya juga membuatkan pergerakannya sentiasa dikawal sehingga tidak bebas keluar masuk di rumah sendiri.

‘‘Tuan, puan ingat saya di rumah boleh keluar masuk...tak boleh. Nak keluar rumah sampai depan pintu pagar tak diberi keluar kalau tiada pengiring
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Awww...remember more than a year ago that he mentioned exactly the same thing, how difficult for him to lead a celebrity lifestyle? TV Smith even has compiled a whole list for him to be street-smart, just like his Hang Putih SIL.

What is the message he is trying to transduce to us? And is he the only PM in the world trying to remind everyone that he is one?

Tepuk dada, tanya selera.

p.s. My shortest version of Merdeka puisi:

Gua talak sombong, Ipoh mali,
beh si Perdana Menteri,
Ipoh manyak limau bali,
lu mau beli, sini mali,
got lenglui summore boleh mata cuci,
kennot touch but can look-see look-see,
if touch, penumbuk kasi!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

"I Was Right On Scomi"


"No projects was given to Scomi by me and I did not grant permission for the award. It was given to Scomi based on tender!


I did not mislead the people. What I said about the company was correct.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

"I Am The Prime Minister"


I am still the Prime Minister! I won't revive the aborted cynic bridge project just to buy silence from one old man. Never mind, he can say anything he wants. I am the Prime Minister. I have a job to do. I decide what is best for the people.

Monday, August 7, 2006

"Baru 10 Minit Turun Padang, Sudah Mau Hukum Saya"

So this brings us to the question:

How Many More '10 Minutes' Can You Afford To Spare?


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So, do you think '34 months' (to date since the takeover) is '10 minutes'?

"Berani Kerana Benar/Kalau Betul, Tulis Surat"

"My Son and SIL Never Get Govt Projects"

Assignment 2: Count the number of government projects/government-linked deals by S/SIL

Kamaluddin, Khairy Never Get Govt Projects, Says Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Monday night denied his son, Kamaluddin, and son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin, have benefited including getting government projects from his position as Prime Minister.

Abdullah said since becoming Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Kamaluddin and Khairy never abused the family ties to get government projects.

"Kamal (Kamaluddin) never misused his relations with me. Kamal was never involved in local companies or concessions. No. He never asked any help from the government. Never in anything that needs bail-out," said Abdullah, who took over the country's leadership from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the end of 2003.

Abdullah said this in a 40-minute interview with Bernama Chairman Datuk Mohd Annuar Zaini in the "Bersemuka Bersama Perdana Menteri" programme aired by TV3 Monday night.

Kamaluddin is the biggest shareholder in the oil and gas services company Scomi Group while Khairy owns a small interests in the investment bank ECM Libra Bhd.

Abdullah said Kamaluddin had to find projects overseas because he did not want to linked with his father.

"If people ask why go overseas, he (Kamaluddin) will say father (Abdullah) is the prime minister, it's difficult to earn a living locally. His contracts, his business, 80 per cent are from overseas. That is his livelihood," he said.

Abdullah also quashed rumours that Scomi had been awarded the monorail project in Penang.

On Khairy, he said his son-in-law took a loan to buy shares in ECM Libra.

"But, to say he grabbed projects, I've no evidence with me that Khairy has taken government projects," he said, adding that Khairy never met him to ask for projects.


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Original news: The Star's Business News. Screenshot captured by Jeff Ooi.

No? Google News and the mainstream media (MSM) must be lying then. Please do this assignment yourselves.

"I chose to keep silence because I do not want to quarrel with Tun"

Assignment 1: Count the number of times 'silence' and 'don't talk' mentioned. Bolded for your convenience.

Abdullah Keeps Silence To Avoid Discord With Dr M

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Monday night he kept silence from replying to allegations by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on several government decisions because he wanted to avoid misunderstanding with the former prime minister.

Instead, he said, it was better for the issues raised by Dr Mahathir be answered by the relevant ministers as they were more knowledgeable in their respective portfolios.

"I chose to keep silence because I do not want to quarrel with Tun in the newspapers. Tun himself had said in a statement he made, he felt hurt because he did not get the information he wanted. He hopes to be informed. If the PM does not speak, let the ministers speak."

Abdullah said this when interviewed by Bernama Chairman Datuk Mohd Annuar Zaini in the "Bersemuka Bersama Perdana Menteri" programme aired by TV3 tonight.

The prime minister said as the issues raised by Dr Mahathir had something to do with the government, it was appropriate for the relevant ministers to reply to all the questions raised.

"It is the people who want to know what is happening. This is what is being done and it is true the Cabinet ministers prefer if I don't talk," he said.

Abdullah said many supported his decision to keep silence to avoid confusion that might affect relations between him and Dr Mahathir.

"Many people feel if I don't talk is better. Many people told me not to talk, (it will) cause confusion. Don't. Allowing the ministers to answer is enough," he added.

Wednesday, August 2, 2006

"Bloggers Beware"

PM Warns Bloggers

The Star Reported:Bloggers, Beware!

PM said: Those who spread untruths and slander on the Internet will be detained.

If information in blogs, websites and online portals were incorrect, bordered on slander, caused disturbance or compelled the public to lose faith in the nation’s economic policies, their authors would be detained for investigation, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“We cannot allow such matters to flow through uncontrolled,” Pak Lah said.

“They say all kinds of things, make all kinds of dubious claims. We cannot allow them to abuse the freedom earned under the media. If left alone, they can say or pass on all kinds of things.”

“If they abuse the freedom – more than the present freedom given without any restriction – we cannot allow it,” Abdullah declared.

“Where in the world is there such a freedom, where one can freely spread incorrect information and slander without having to own up to it?”

Asked if he was calling for a control mechanism, Abdullah said he would leave it to the police to investigate first.

NST posted: Beware, Those spreading malicious comments and rumours can be detained and their websites or blogs investigated.

Abdullah said the Government would closely monitor the content of Internet websites and blogs that published seditious material.

Abdullah added that the sort of liberty found in blogs and websites had exceeded the freedom given to the Malaysian media.

"These people are practising the sort of freedom where they spread lies if they felt like doing so. How can we have that? Where can you find that sort of freedom in the world?" he asked.

Abdullah was responding to Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin’s call yesterday for control over the Internet.

Zainuddin had said that the Internet was sometimes used to spread allegations that threatened national security and racial harmony as some of the contents touched on Islam and Malay rights.

"We cannot allow the Internet or the Short Messaging Service (SMS) to become a platform for people to spread rumours or threaten others"

Malaysia to crack down on bloggers

Kuala Lumpur, Aug. 2 (PTI): Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has warned of a crack down on bloggers who post malicious comments on their websites and spread rumours to hamper the country's peace and harmony.

Such acts could also make the people, including investors, lose faith in the economy and the development programmes, Badawi said.

"We cannot allow the Internet or the Short Messaging Service (SMS) to become a platform for people to spread rumours or threaten others," he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.

Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin said yesterday that the Internet was sometimes used to spread allegations that threatened national security and racial harmony.

Abdullah said the government would closely monitor the content of the Internet websites and blogs that published seditious material. The liberty taken by the publishers of the blogs and websites carrying `malicious' contents exceeded the freedom given to the Malaysian media, he said.

"These people are practising the sort of freedom where they spread lies if they felt like doing so. Where can you find that sort of freedom in the world?" he asked.

Asked if he was calling for a control mechanism, Abdullah said he would leave it to the police to investigate, the Star newspaper said.