Tun Dr. Mahathir “apologized”?

TV3 and Bernama last night reported that former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had “apologized” to Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for the alleged house in Perth, during his speech in Kulai late last month.

This is an excerpt from Bernama, www.bernama.com :

PUTRAJAYA, April 18 (Bernama) — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Wednesday apologised to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for having alleged that the latter owned a mansion in Australia.

Neither Abdullah nor his son, Kamaluddin, owned the mansion, estimated to cost RM60 million, located near the Swan River in Perth, as alleged by Dr Mahathir. It belongs to a Malaysian businessman, Datuk Patrick Lim.

“Well, I shouldn’t make that statement because I was stating something based on rumours I heard and the rumours repeatedly said that the house belongs to him (Abdullah),

“And then of course you know, when you are carried away after giving a speech like that, you don’t censor yourself and you are not too careful about what you say, so I said it and I’m sorry that I said something that was wrong,” Dr Mahathir said.

Dr Mahathir told reporters this after delivering a keynote address at the 6th Perdana Discourse Series on “Media and National Development” at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here.

The former prime minister made the allegation at a ceramah in Kulai recently.

“I should be corrected and I’m very grateful that people have actually paid attention to my allegation and they found that the person who owned the house is not the PM, it’s not his son but somebody else,” he said.


This is a spin! It is a work of the spinmaestroes in TV3 and soon, NST in the morning.

Actually, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad never apologized to the Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi or any of the member of the family. All Tun Dr. Mahathir said was, he apologized (in general – note highlight in blue). He apologized because he made a mistake not verifying rumours that he heard about the house. When he was stand corrected, he thanked Raja Petra Kamaruddin of Malaysia Today, www.malaysia-today.net, who highlighted the point during the media conference, right after the keynote address to the Perdana Discourse Series “Media and National Development”. (I was there, sitting next to Raja Petra)


Let’s say, Tun Dr. Mahathir ought to “apologize”, for his error. How about Khairy Jamaluddin? Shouldn’t he apologize too? Malaysia Today exposed that the house belongs to Cindy Lim, wife of Dato’ Patrick “Badawi” Lim, a very close friend of his brother-in-law, Dato’ Kamaluddin Abdullah. Alright, taken Tun Dr. Mahathir is not kin. Of course he wouldn’t know. But Khairy Jamaluddin, made a mistake or falsified information?

Excerpts from his interview with Agenda Daily (www.agendadaily.com), 3 April 2007:

Wartawan:Tentang dakwaan seolah Perdana Menteri miliki rumah bernilai RM60 juta di Perth pula bagaimana?

Khairy :OK.. sekarang ni orang buat tuduhan…tapi tak ada siapapun yang buat satu kenyataan yang katakan beliau miliki rumah yang dimaksudkan itu.

Tuduhan itu…orang kata…saya dengar …jadi ini untuk selamatkan diri dari tindakan undang-undang barangkali …

Jadi sampai sekarang tidak ada sesiapa yang kata YAB Perdana Menteri miliki rumah di Australia bernilai RM60 juta…tak ada siapa…sebab tak berani…

Wartawan:Jadi rumah yang dimaksudkan itu memang wujud?

Khairy: Rumah yang dimaksudkan itu..dimiliki oleh anak beliau…rumah Kamaluddin

Either which, he ought to apologize also. Bernama and TV 3 should demand that Khairy Jamaluddin apologize as well. That is only fair since Bernama and TV 3 reported that Tun Dr. Mahathir “apologized” to Pak Lah.

How long will this wayang bangsawan will carry on much further? Shakespeare once said, “The bigger the lie is, the more people would believe in it”. However, the Malays have a saying, “Sepandai pandai tupai melompat, akhirnya jatuh ketanah jua“.


Published in: on April 19, 2007 at 00:33  Comments (13)