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Pak Lah’s latest “I don’t know” September 12, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Economy, Huh?!, Note2Self.


When Forbes asked about worries of cronyism in the award of contracts and tenders, Abdullah swiftly responded by saying, “I do not know the meaning of the word. Everyone will get a chance.” (New Straits Times, “PM: We will manage race relations wisely”, p2, 12 Sept 2007)

This is the latest “I don’t know” from our Finance Minister, whom we also didn’t know why he had to leave all that explaining of the 2008 Budget to his #2 in the Finance Ministry.

Perhaps the PM/FM/NST thought it was a repartee. But to tell an investing community that you have bad vocabulary, is …well… I oso dunno lar.



1. wits0 - September 12, 2007

“Where No Man Has Dunno Before”.
A sorta original StarTrek?

2. tlktsfn - September 12, 2007

Sure, everyone will get a chance. Yeah, but he deliberately did not state the probability of that chance. For illustration, I may get a chance with a 0.000,000,000,001 probability of success while his crony gets a chance with a 0.999,999,999,999 probability of success. So, I don’t want the chance you give me, Mr PM. And I shall always remember you swearing ” I have been fair(sic), I want to be fair(sic), I’ll always be fair(sic)” and hope you are not lying from the bottom of your arse(sic)

3. wits0 - September 12, 2007

Even his “I want to be fair(sic)” bit to that exponential power of 100 isn’t very original.

His predecessor, with his “unfair this, unfair that”, in the 4 direction of the compass, represented the ironic display of a most unfair man crying the loudest about unfairness. It’s just a playout in a reverse fashion, signifying the same loony tune.

4. ghostline - September 13, 2007

Haha. The (Singapore) Straits Times article has a slightly different version of the quote:

“…When Mr. (Steve) Forbes asked Datuk Seri Abdullah about apparently prevalent cronyism in Malaysia, he replied: “I don’t understand this word cronyism now. Everyone has a chance…”

I found and scanned the ST article on the Forbes Conference where Pak Blah made that comment and a few other gems here:

So which is right? Given the NST’s record…

5. David Lim - September 18, 2007

All my friends, we all knew from Day 1 Politicians are the greatest LIARS in the world and here is no difference.

Enough is enough. General Election is coming. The Peoples’ Power must show them that we are.


We need a change of government and Opposition is better than
a Corrupted and Senseless UMNO Government. They never help the poor Malays except a handful of them only.


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