Message of PM’s “I don’t know” confession – NIP fallen to bottom of his agenda

The shocking message of the “I don’t know” confession of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ten days after serious and specific allegations have been made against a senior Umno Cabinet Minister and a 632-page memorandum submitted to him is that his national integrity plan has fallen to the bottom of his agenda.

On June 29, the Chairman of the Movement for Democracy and Anti-Corruption (Gerak) Ezam Mohd Nor submitted a 632-page document containing allegations of criminal breach of trust and misappropriation involving a senior cabinet minister, including police reports against the minister made by a chief executive officer of a public listed company in 1998, statements by the Malaysian Companies Commission, and receipts and invoices for millions of ringgit.

Ezam had said that there are several cases against this senior Umno Minister but one is clear, that he used a public company’s funds amounting to RM30 million to settle his personal debts.

Abdullah said yesterday: “I was informed about the memorandum and I will study it.” Asked who was the minister alleged to be corrupt, Abdullah said: “I don’t know”.

Is it credible that a Prime Minister who is serious about his pledge and commitment to make anti-corruption his top priority can allow ten days to pass without bothering to find out who was the senior UMNO Cabinet Minister alleged to be corrupt in the 632-page memorandum which had been submitted to him or that he had not directed his officers to prepare and read a gist of the allegations?

Or is Abdullah going to read the entire 632-page memorandum himself?

If Abdullah needs to take ten days to state publicly that he is aware that the memorandum had been submitted to him in his office, how long would he take to read it and how long more would he need to announce what he proposes to do about it?

Or will he just pass the buck and kick the football elsewhere, starting a merry-go-round which will drag out the issue in an inconclusive manner for the next few years?

  1. #1 by izrafeil on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 1:36 pm

    I understand that in Europe, a Mayor has to resign because he awarded the contract to put up lighting to his family members. We should emulate EU in this respect, no mercy to those offenders, absolutely no mercy, me must show the example.

  2. #2 by Godfather on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 1:36 pm

    Q: Did you read the memorandum ?
    A: No lah, too thick for me to read right now.

    Q: Did you go to the last page to find out who it was ?
    A: Do you know how many pages I have to go through to get to the last page ?

    Q: You are not curious at all to find out ?
    A: If I am curious at all about corruption in this country, where will I find the time to go around the world.

    Q: Will you pass a copy of the memorandum to the ACA ?
    A: Let me read it first. It may be totally baseless.

    Q: How long will it take you to read it ?
    A: Let’s see. At one page a day, how many years will it take me ?

  3. #3 by k1980 on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 1:40 pm

    So this was the “Social Contract” signed by the MCA, MIC and Big Bro umno….

  4. #4 by JusticeII on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 2:04 pm

    Are we suprised? Bangang-wi will know nothing. He is only good at spending tax-payers’ $ for his toys – yachts and jets. Administration in the country is left with the SIL, but SIL is bz gathering his own supporters and eliminating his foes. Msia is doomed, all non malays should just migrate.

  5. #5 by MY VIEW on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 2:04 pm

    In Europe, they don’t have NEP, are we suppose to follow also?

  6. #6 by sotong on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 2:15 pm

    When politicians who hold a position of power, trust and influence are not made totally responsible and accountable for their actions/inactions, the country and her ordinary people will be the victims.

  7. #7 by sotong on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 3:07 pm

    At least he is honest and humble.

    The previous administration said he knows everything…….see where the country is today.

  8. #8 by dawsheng on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 3:17 pm

    Of course he don’t know. In fact he don’t want to know. I mean, he cares? I said Abdullah should be a hero and step down so Malaysia will have a chance to be saves from being destroy by corrupted ministers. Naa… I m just being paranoid. Let just said nothing happened. Case closed.

  9. #9 by marmitecrab on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 3:19 pm

    Bill Clinton in the making

  10. #10 by Toyol on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 3:30 pm

    Of course he doesn’t know. This is what any self denying politicain will do. Anti-corruption pledges is what it means…pledges, nothing more. Its the public who gets suckered into voting for the wrong govt always. We will always be the loser.

  11. #11 by kelangman88 on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 3:33 pm

    I don’t know. Please don’t disturb my sleep.

  12. #12 by grace on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 3:39 pm

    What type of PM are you, Pak Lah?
    Gaji buta ke?
    You sound so stupid when you open your big mouth. So far M’sia had not had a PM as ignorant as you, Pak Lah. You sounded so proud when you declare that you do not know! I am so shameful to have a PM like your calibre!!! I wonder you are equally shameful!!!

  13. #13 by pwcheng on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 3:55 pm

    This guy who is of average IQ may find it difficult to comprehend the dossier even if he were to read it. He is waiting for his SIL to read it and explain to him and advice him on the course of action but obviously he will not know when his SIL is free to do it. That is why at the moment everything is “I don’t know”

  14. #14 by glokaltower on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 3:59 pm

    I experienced corruption first-handed in Malaysia, Indonesia and Pakistan. I did not encounter corruption in US and Singapore even i stayed there long period of time. Tun Dr. Mahathir admit corruption is the necessary evil for Malay to get better economically. Pak Lah has once said he knew who is involved in corruption, if he try to catch them all, the number is about 50 percent, then who is going to work for him?

  15. #15 by kelangman88 on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 4:05 pm

    Deputy IGP: Discard ‘I don’t know’ attitude


    KUALA PILAH: Discard the “saya tak tau” (I don’t know) attitude and you will get safer streets.

  16. #16 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 4:22 pm

    Q: Were you informed about the memorandum?

    Pak Lah: “I was informed about the memorandum and I will study it”.

    Q: Who is the alleged corrupt Minister?

    Pak LAh: I don’t know.

    OK, let’s re-trace the short conversation.

    PM said “I was informed about the memorandum…”

    Now, what exactly was Pak Lah informed about the alleged corruption?

    1) Surely, there must be something important about the memo to merit drawing PM’s attention to the memo. There is no point drawing PM’s attention to the 30 or 40 other routine memos. This one is special and the Secretary made it a point to specifically refer it to PM. Pak LAh knows specifically about this memo to be able to single it out with the “I was informed about the memorandum …”.

    2) Surely its importance must be founded, if you like, on some important personality and subject..which merits further study. So PAk LAh said “…and I will study it.” One can only logically conclude that the person and subject are both known to him and are of sufficient importance that merits his scrutiny.

    3) What follows next is a no-brainer!

    Q: Who is the alleged corrupt Minister?

    Pak LAh: I don’t know.

    4) Which can only lead me to conclude that Pak LAh is a very lousy liar (who gets caught every time he bites his tongue) and is hopelessly inept at the art of digression and dissimulation.

    My advice to Pak Lah who is purportedly ‘religious’ and therefore not a practised liar (like one Samy fella and his former boss) is to tell the truth, perhaps the barest minimum for htis occasion e.g. ‘Yes, there is a very important personality involved in the memo and I will need to study it”.

    Then, Pak Lah, the only honest thing to do is to “study it”.
    Then, the next thing to do, Pak Lah, is to hand over the dossier to the ACA.

    Finally, Pak Lah, the right thing to do, in accordance to yr integrity plan, is to announce whether the culprit is culpable and needs to be suspended pending ACA’s due diligence or that the matter is now under investigation and everything will be above board, nothing shall be concealed.

    I should have been the PM.

    “Where there is no integrity and no desire for transparency and accountability, a dictator would not hardly an excuse to shoo away the journalists and their prying eyes.”

  17. #17 by smeagroo on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 4:29 pm

    You shldnt hv asked our Mr “know-all” PM if he knows who was the minister. As he knows, many ministers are in deep shit. So pls be specific.

  18. #18 by malaysia born on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 4:32 pm

    I don’t know but this PM of ours is a failure!

    Let’s define failure. Consult any dictionary and it will show that Failure is defined as “nonperformance of something due, required, or expected”.

    We voted and place high hopes on this PM to battle corruption in our country. After all, he DID come out to say that fighting corruption is his one of his first priority, did he not? He DID make a pledge to eliminate corruption in our country, did he not?

    As it is now, It’s more than half way through his administration and so far has any one been charged / convicted of corruption yet? So far, there is NOTHING to show that ACA are having a high conviction rate. Are those fellas in ACA getting paid for doing any REAL work? The way I see it, his performance so far has been a nonperformance of something that is due to us, the voters and tax-payers.

    As the leader of 26 million fellow country-men, he is expected to make good on his promise. But hey! This is the same guy that was making emotional statements that after his beloved late wife, he will never look at another woman again. Talk about a person of integrity. I know, some people will attack me for bringing his personal matter into this argument but then again, he IS a public figure so the minute he step into public office, he should know what he is getting into and the rest of his supporters need to acknowledge and understand this fact too. Bill Clinton would be a very good case study for you folks.

    As the TOP civil servant in the land, he is required to maintain a high level of performance. Or has the Key Performance Index gone down since he took office?

    On that score, his report card would read as “nonperformance of something due, required or expected”.

    So will he buck up and start performing? Or will he step down gracefully?

    I don’t know.

  19. #19 by grace on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 4:36 pm

    Pak Lah is from Bukit Mertajam High School. I wonder the school still has its academic record like SPM , oop SC results or other academic record. It would be interesting to see his results. Or any among the readers was his classmates. Tell us whether he was just as dull as he is today!
    My guess is that he barely scraped thru SC and HSC and manged to enter U!!

  20. #20 by inoato on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 4:39 pm

    Pak Lah – he is a SMILING TIGER – the most dangerous animal on earth; he will swallow you while smiling at you. Beware

  21. #21 by Rocky on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 4:41 pm

    Pak Lah confirm Bapa Tidur Malaysia!!!

    tidurlah, tidur.

  22. #22 by devilmaster on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 5:17 pm

    Only Bolehland could accommodate this type of Prime Minister. And yet treat him like a God.

  23. #23 by ihavesomethingtosay on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 5:26 pm

    If he knew anything at all, I’d be dissapointed.

    let’s just say, he’s performing to expectation, didn’t you all know that?

  24. #24 by raverus on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 5:37 pm

    Bad comment from him but more bad comment from bloggers, here:

  25. #25 by smeagroo on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 5:49 pm

    He set such low standards for a PM. I think once his term runs out, the next PM wouldnt be any better. Any Tom, Dick and Harry can be a PM. Opps of cos that Tom, Dick or Harry has to be from UMNO la.

  26. #26 by PureMalaysian on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 5:59 pm

    Stop complaining, we are the ones (or perhaps our relatives and family members) who voted for BN the last round. SO just bare with it, until u make a change.

  27. #27 by sheriff singh on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 6:08 pm

    He’s said he is still finishing his “political” honeymoon. But now he’s got this other “honey” honeymoon to go through. This is gonna take some time.

    There’s a “DO NOT DISTURB” sign outside his doors. Go away!!

  28. #28 by madmix on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 6:17 pm

    Deputy IGP says discard the “I don’t know attitude”. Is he also refering to his Big Boss?

    STAR latest
    Deputy IGP: Discard ‘I don’t know’ attitude


    KUALA PILAH: Discard the “saya tak tau” (I don’t know) attitude and you will get safer streets.

    Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Mohd Najib Abd Aziz said

  29. #29 by sheriff singh on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 6:33 pm

    It must be the new slogan and motto for the government to celebrate the first 50 years of independence and for the future. We should all follow this leadership style and example, e.g.

    Sign off all government letters with:

    “I DON’T KNOW”


    Under our Crest, the motto:

    “I DON’T KNOW”

    Under your name in your name tag:

    “I DON’T KNOW”

    Judges’ to decide:

    “Not Guilty because I DON’T KNOW”

    In police reports:

    “I DON’T KNOW and I DON’T CARE” followed by “Case Closed”.

  30. #30 by LittleBird on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 8:43 pm

    Aiyah …ta tau ma..typical chinese reply. Is it coz he is part chinese?

    My Chinese friends …dont take seriously for stereotyping..but I always use that (i.e.ta tau ma) as an example to teach others to mind their own business.

  31. #31 by shortie kiasu on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 9:00 pm

    Abdullah will probably throw the dossier into the trash bin, knowing his conduct all along thus far as Sleeping prime minister!

    We do not expect much that would come out for what he professed under national integrity plan.

    People are at wit’s end as to what improvements can be achieved by the government and they are already accustomed to taking things with hands down even though we struggled to hopefully see some positive all-round social economic development.

  32. #32 by WFH on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 9:12 pm

    Many feel that the PM is “not bright” (I’m actively trying very hard at being inoffensive here) by his oft-repeated “saya tak tahu”/”I dont know” response to a host of questions dying for answers, all asked with a view to bringing back some decency, improvement and good sense to the country.

    In my own way, I feel the PM responses show when he is MOST dangerous.

    Because his “saya tak tahu”/”I dont know” statements are NOT to show us his lack of grey matter, but in fact he is openly and successfully giving his middle finger to all concerned Malaysians, and to directly challenge these same Malaysians, straight-in-the-face: “I am not going to tell YOU what I am doing. What ARE YOU going to do about it? What CAN YOU do about it?”

    Other than my vote obviously going in his government’s direction (NOT!!), I personally will do my every little bit that I can do, within my abilities of course, to not cooperate with any authorities in any act, so long as my non-cooperation will not be deemed illegal nor go against the law.

    Un-patriotic, un-Malaysian, some may say?

    But by God, I think I am MORE one than each and every one of those leeching off the Government largesse, those at the counters and on the streets looking furtively around before they take the RM50 or more that they demand from the unfortunate fella having been forced into a corner from the most minor of offences eg beating a yellow traffic light, or just 1 meter into a yellow box, and the like.

    You get what I mean.

    BTW, mkini reports “ISA still relevant and useful” tha the PM is reported as having said the following in a parliamentary written reply:-
    “…This prevention law is needed to curb the possibilities of threats to the nation’s security and economics,” he said, adding that threats must not be allowed to take a physical form. ..”

    What-the-****!! How can anyone allow the PM to sneak in the national “economics” factor by stealth into the ISA which itself is being fought by many to be repealed? There is a message here that if, and when, the already-shrinking non-Malay economy threatens Malay (read: Cronies’) “economic” interests, be prepared for the VERY big stick within a cage, going by HIS rules and interpretation.

    Now, who says he is “not bright” by his “saya tak tahu/”I dont know” rhetoric?

  33. #33 by negarawan on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 9:21 pm

    So any hints who this minister in question is?

  34. #34 by dawsheng on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 9:40 pm

    If this kind of cases keep on surfacing, I don’t think the general election will be held. The alleged corrupted govt officials includes Abdullah himself is in the premier league of suspects. “I don’t know” sounded very desperate from Abdullah because he knows! UMNO’s day are numbered.

  35. #35 by aspire on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 9:48 pm

    Huh ? He doesn’t know ? Then what does he know ? I thought I know that from day 1, he said he will fight corruption. Now I don’t know whether I actually know he knows he is suppose to fight corruption. Hey ! May be this is a new tactic. Just say I don’t know when you know everything so that the people concerned would continue their investigations with minimal disturbances. It’s just like buying stocks and shares and how people purposely spread ” news “.

  36. #36 by smeagroo on Monday, 9 July 2007 - 10:59 pm

    anyone who follows the tv series “prison break”, will find the dirty politics adopted by them are so similar to ours. Maybe we shld ban such shows from reaching our shores.

    What say u Zam-Zam Minister?

  37. #37 by takazawa on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 1:04 am

    What does he know then? [deleted] To him and his cohorts, ignorance is bliss, but to us the Rakyat, ignorance is no defence.

  38. #38 by takazawa on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 1:12 am

    I won’t be surprised that one day he adds a clause behind “Saya tak tau” which is “Saya tak kisah”. So it will become “I don’t know and I don’t care”. When he says “I don’t know”, he has no intention whatsoever to find out what he doesn’t know. This simply demonstrates his gross apathy and indifference towards the prevailing crimes and injustice around him.

  39. #39 by undergrad2 on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 2:59 am

    If the Prime Minister does not know and we do not know what he does not know, then how would we know what he knows. If we do not know what he knows then who knows what he knows???


  40. #40 by undergrad2 on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 3:03 am

    “I don’t know” confession by the Prime Minister.

    Before his confession is admissible into evidence in the court of popular opinion, we need to know if the confession is voluntary. Was there a promise made? Was there persuasion? Was there a threat? Had the PM been tortured?

  41. #41 by mendela on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 6:29 am

    We really need not know who the alleged corrupt minister is.
    We do know most Bad-Awi’s ministers are currupted to core!

  42. #42 by ahkok1982 on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 7:11 am

    initially he said tt he was informed of e memorandum. then he says tt he doesnt know who e corrupt minister is. either:
    1) he was informed but not bothered to remember who e corrupt minister is, or
    2) whoever who informed him of e memorandum did not inform him of who e minister was and aab was not interested to know who it is either so he did not ask,
    3) or he totally lied about being informed about a memorandum which in fact he doesnt know tt there was such a thing.
    hence, he was caught w his pants off when asked if he knows who tt corrupt minster was.
    if i were to guess, it would b option no. 3. I would believe tt being informed (n i mean it as telling aab while he is not sleeping) of a corrupt minister would be sth of great impact so it will not b forgotten so easily. any idiot will know tt this is not a small case n e most important facts r e corruption charges n who were involved. so e logical conclusion would b tt he lied about knowing tt there was such a memorandum…
    but then of course, after seeing how e level n quality of his work, one cant be sure if he really is lazy enough to not try to find out who it was.

  43. #43 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 7:19 am

    “……//…Before his confession is admissible into evidence in the court of popular opinion, we need to know if the confession is voluntary….Had the PM been tortured?…..” – Undergrad2

    So now the focus is on the PM’s legal rights? I can see that you are really bored with all these inane discussions on corruption!

    Well I’m sure the PM too was just bored or irritated by the reporters’ repeated, insensitive and ignorant questions of who the minister alleged to be corrupt by Ezam Mohd Nor of Gerak was (when some of us also know who he might be by 2 + 2 deduction).

    The answer “I don’t know” (cos’ he needed to study the memorandum) then does not really mean he didn’t know. Only the naïve would construe his word in the literal sense. It is a polite expression of telling the press corps, “don’t ask embarrassing and stupid questions”.

    The “senior cabinet minister” alleged by Gerak to have used a public company’s funds amounting to RM30 million to settle his personal debts was likely inherited from Tun Dr Mahathir’s administration.

    Pak Lah was anointed successor on the expectation – and condition – from his predecessor that he didn’t upset the apple cart, which means not only not aborting projects like the crooked bridge and withdrawing support for Proton and Tengku Mahaleel’s stewardship thereof by also retaining some of TDM’s cabinet ministers responsible for formulating and implementing TDM’s projects so that there was continuity and no break that would impair his legacy…Hence the XXL jumbo size cabinet of over 30 ministers, some present PM’s men and others the ex’s!

    When Pak Lah took over he declared war against corruption and launched the national integrity plan. It was like a “new law” and for the implementation of a new law purporting to catch the corrupt thieves to be “fair” and “just”, it should extend to cover those who had prior notice of it and shouldn’t retrospectively apply to hold to account past thievery and corruption by perpetrators who at that time of perpetrating the alleged offence had no notice that there was such a thing as a war against corruption or the national integrity plan!

    The reporters’ questions were stupid because they didn’t address the unspoken and ‘no need to speak about’ underlying premises and knowledge privy to all that:

    We have always had a corrupt society with corruption reeking at the seams of the fabric of feudal political structure; and that:

    · Corruption had always been acted upon against only in respect of petty and lower government officials (small fries) and except for the occasional a big guy who didn’t toe the line and fell out of favour, almost never the big fish;

    · for corruption is though outwardly condemned as evil and wrong was tacitly and hypocritically indulged upon is actually a kind of political reward by access to power and by it the opportunities to make money as a prize for political loyalty and success for contributing to the BN’s agenda of maintaining power and hegemony.

    All are in the “game”, indeed the component parties’ ability to use money for electoral success depends on this ability to use political power and official connections to raise money for both party and self and no person aggrandizing himself with riches from such position could be held to account without implicating the party, the Godfather for all the rest to obtain largesse and patronage.

    Now where have these reporters been all their life? So get real, understand the milieu, and don’t ask stupid questions which are stupid enough as they relate to present ministers and doubly stupid if they relate to past ministers of whom he inherited!

    People who aspire to change the nation for the better and rid it off the yoke of corruption are at liberty to devise whatever way legal to campaign against and vote the ruling coalition out of power if they could though the prospects are slim since it had always been able to maintain power drawing on the resources of the entire nation to replenish its coffers and individual pockets.

    The whole system and individual players within engaged hypocritically in this game and to change one has to rid the whole system and not zero in and penalize in particular this and that particular minister for present corruption much more for past ones as Ezam/Gerak tried to do!

    Before we all get sanctimonious re-examine and ask in which country there is no corruption amongst its top politicians? Do you really think there is no corruption in first world country? It takes different guises and forms depending on definition! What is the raison de etre of joining politics? If you believe it is to serve public with integrity, then you can believe everything else that the world dishes to you.

    In an abstract case, sure, there is no dispute that it is not honourable to be a thief but when all thieves are banded together for maintaining power for a common cause of perpetrating “thievery” (from the resources of the State) then there must at least subsist a code of honour amongst even thieves that they do not snitch on one another, punish and victimize any particular member unless he is disloyal and acts against the interest of the group of which is part and even if there were a new plan to reform and turn to a new leaf of being less a thief, one just don’t single out a member for past sins of why he stole in the past just because now there is launched a new hypocrisy plan to change over to a new leaf.

    All these we Malaysians know. For the reporters to keep asking such questions of who the minister was (in the context of what we all know of our political and cultural milieu) is apparently stupid and unrealistic : why do you expect him to say?

    I thought “I don’t know” was polite, magnanimous and gentlemanly rebuttal by a humble man who is prepared to draw criticisms unto himself for being ‘sleeping and not knowing’ rather than implicate another, who by a merest draw of the lottery of life, happened to be unlucky to be the one investigated and caught with evidence by Gerak whilst all around who are equally though not proportionately guilty of the same have not been asked to account as yet.

  44. #44 by MWong on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 8:04 am

    ‘Tak tahu’ kah ‘Tak NAK tahu’..
    U dont know or u cant be bothered to know?whatever..

    If U (AAB) as the country 1st man is so indifferent ,folks below you simply cant be bothered to stay clean as well..coz u wouldnt give a d***!!

    Thaugt u’ve just self-confessed that u r NO sleepin’ PM? Now u r showin’ us you’re not on top of things, AGAIN??..

  45. #45 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 8:32 am

    The truth is the PM no longer has the authority to haul any of his cabinet members for corruption. Because all of them know that he covered up for a few already. It would be easy for any one of them to get hold of the information of the cover up and topple him if he went after any of his cabinet.

    But the stupidity of this is that the PM has NOT acted against these people who have a hold on him. He has not done anything to his cabinet, largely a leftover of Dr. M era, at all even after nearly one full term. Instead he allowed himself to be held hostage even more by the actions of his own son-in-law.

    Its just plain weak leadership. plain and simple

  46. #46 by Taikor on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 10:08 am

    If the Prime Ministership was contested on equal footing, Bedolah will not be voted.

    He was ‘chosen’.

    That explains it. We allowed it and so we live by it.

  47. #47 by good coolie on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 10:52 am

    Smiley-1 is not stupid. His style is to not to say anything, letting things run out of steam on their own. He will only talk if his interests need immediate comments on his part. Answering your question, there is indeed, a Smiley-2! Both are shrewd, but they are definitely better than that Vindictive Scowler.

  48. #48 by Libra2 on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 11:32 am

    This country will only be as good as the PM, it will only progress as does the PM, it will be stupid as is the PM, it will sleep as does the PM.
    It’s a waste of time reporting to the authorities about corruption.
    The PM is now a Malay Jew. Ask Raja Petra.

  49. #49 by k1980 on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 11:42 am

    Following the example of their much beloved PM, I fear schoolchildren from kindergarten up will start writing “I dunno” to questions in their test/exam papers. So much for the noble objectives of the Education Blueprint of Malaysia

    To Libra2 11: 32.47: Jews don’t believe in Islam Hadhari

  50. #50 by taikohtai on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 12:30 pm

    Your PM setting very trend……….imagine every question in exam is answered exactly the same ‘I don’t know’.
    If that is your PM’s typical answer, it doesn’t take much imagination to speculate which direction your country is heading.
    Wanna a clue? UP/North is the WRONG answer.

  51. #51 by Jan on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 1:12 pm

    I am dying to know who the fler is. Is it that fat lady. I hope one day they can nail her cukup cukup.

  52. #52 by Jong on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 1:36 pm

    July 10th, 2007 at 02: 59.24
    If the Prime Minister does not know and we do not know what he does not know, then how would we know what he knows. If we do not know what he knows then who knows what he knows???
    – undergrad2

    Reading the above really made me roll in laughter! I think it makes good rap.

  53. #53 by Jong on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 1:38 pm

    My suggestion of a title for the rap – “I don’t know”

  54. #54 by Godfather on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 1:58 pm

    Jeffrey said:

    “I thought “I don’t know” was polite, magnanimous and gentlemanly rebuttal by a humble man who is prepared to draw criticisms unto himself for being ‘sleeping and not knowing’ rather than implicate another, who by a merest draw of the lottery of life, happened to be unlucky to be the one investigated and caught with evidence by Gerak whilst all around who are equally though not proportionately guilty of the same have not been asked to account as yet.”

    What have you been smoking ? You go round and round explaining why there has to be honour amongst thieves, and then you sympathise with the “unlucky” one implicated by Gerak. And you go on to say that the leader of the den of thieves is a “humble man”.

    I’d like to have some of what you have been smoking. Helps with my depression.

  55. #55 by smeagroo on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 2:32 pm

    Incidentally, in today’s Star, one senior police officer told the rakyat not to say “saya tak tahu” whenever the lodge reports on crime.

    Go tell it to the PM la!

  56. #56 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 4:06 pm


    Whether it is smoking or otherwise, one must have to means to alleviate depression, find excitement, when living in this country or else you go crazy….:)

  57. #57 by justice_fighter on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 4:22 pm

    Pak Lah is a walking encyclopedia of hypocricy. Still hoping that he will fight corruption? Fotget about it and vote for opposition for a better solution!

  58. #58 by kleptocrats on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 4:29 pm

    Wah 632 pages is really going to be a challenge for him!!! Knowing him, second page he is already in slumberland zzzz….now you know why he everything also “I don’t know”.

    Don’t be despair just yet. He is now married. Things can be better since his wife can read the report like story book to him during his bedtime. Hopefully then the info can drum into his brain subconciously.

  59. #59 by zack on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 4:46 pm

    i read all the insults treat to the PM and I know for a fact that the DAP will never ever get the support from the Malays and the Malays will forever not trust the DAP and its followers and leadership

  60. #60 by devilmaster on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 5:54 pm


    we respect your decision. You are free to support anyone if his political ideology suits you. Nobody here is forcing you to support Lim Kit Siang or DAP. But do not bring out the name of all Malays. Not all Malays are as shallow mind as you.

    To prove you wrong, we DAP have Zulkifli Mohd Nor as one of the Vice Chairman and Ahmad Ton as Deputy Secretary-General. Vice versa, can a Chinese or Indian become UMNO vice chariman/deputy sec-gen? Or the least, in BN?

  61. #61 by mata_kucing on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 6:43 pm

    What are we gripping for? He has improved tremendously when he said “I don’t know”. Previously all we get from him was “zzzzzzzzzzzzzz”.

  62. #62 by somethingStirring on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 9:20 pm

    Dear Pak Lah, of course we know you don’t know. We are just teasing you lah.

    You are very good at lying. I give you that.

    Now go back to sleep, good boy.

  63. #63 by democrate on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 9:55 pm

    Zack, it is not insulting but a teaching to our PM, regardless of race,if the PM is to be a Chinese or Indian who did the same thing like him by saying I don’t know. they will be condemed too. we love the country does not mean that we must love the ruling party ok? we r a group of analytical voters and not voters that vote for KAYU .

  64. #64 by democrate on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 10:05 pm

    Zack, impossible for you to go for DAP cos u hv protection from NEP, and other special priveleges you r spoon feeded, tongkat and now you ve a wheel chair.

  65. #65 by ihavesomethingtosay on Tuesday, 10 July 2007 - 10:15 pm

    AAB is fast becoming the fastest known PM to Malaysia; as a while back, surveys in the Western worlds such as asking students on General knowledge, current affairs of the world, few knew who Mahathir was, and where he’s from……….

    The new questionaire for this similar kind of current affairs would be somthing like this:

    Q.: Name one of the seven wonders.
    A.: The Great Wall of China
    Q.: Who is Malaysia’s Prime Minister?
    A.: I Don’t Know…………….

    errrr, well, he’d be widely known very soon throughout the world.

  66. #66 by sotong on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 8:44 am

    At this stage, it is not important whether Malays and non Malays vote BN UMNO or Oppositions.

    It is important we know the absolute truth so that we could pass it on to our childrens, family, friends and community to improve the relationship between the various races essential to bring about a healthy environment for the people and the country to grow in a globalised and competitive world.

  67. #67 by zack on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 10:32 am

    NEP is for all but the Malays mostly BUT many non-Malays who become rich due to NEP as well. That’s afact.

    Malays in the DAP … some named names .. but only 2 Malays? How could you claimed that the DAP have the support of the Malays when only a few Malays joined (The names given … I do not know any of them unfortunately!).

    Pak Lah knew that the DAP insult hin all the time … but he never made any comment because he knows tthat he DAP is nothing but a “mosquito” .. he could easily squashed it if he wants to!

  68. #68 by shaolin on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 10:45 am

    Need not have to worry about his IQ…
    Our PM is a Great “Tai Zhi’ Master and Surely he
    knows Who is the Culprit and how about the shares??

  69. #69 by JusticeII on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 11:32 am

    read the Khairy Chronicles in Malaysia Today and you will see that Bodoh-wi is not as bodoh as he potrayed to be. He is the “crouching tiger hidden dragon”. Malaysians pls wake up! Pls oust this PM !

  70. #70 by gana on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 12:51 pm

    he might wonder how the memo was prepare after all the safe-guard has created….he is now more concern how to control not hav another memo not to made by anyone not becouse he will eliminate the wrongdoers but to safeguard them so as he may remains his place.

  71. #71 by sotong on Wednesday, 11 July 2007 - 1:43 pm

    The fact that a failed and gross exploited policies benefited a few non Malays by accident, the policies are a success and majority of non Malays should not compliant?????

  72. #72 by undergrad2 on Thursday, 12 July 2007 - 4:35 am

    “….DAP is nothing but a “mosquito” …” Zack

    Don’t forget mosquitoes can kill. There is the mosquito that spreads dengue fever. Then there is the fighter plane called the “mosquito” – they too kill.

    Don’t look down on the mosquitoes!

  73. #73 by Godmother on Saturday, 11 August 2007 - 6:12 pm

    Beware, Malaysian voters in the next general elections:

    “Don’t Ask”, “Don’t Tell” and “I Don’t Know” attitudes are highly Dangerous! So, vote wisely this time around. Don’t be fooled again my sweet-and-big-mouth politicians, especially those who always like to say “”Saya Tak Tau” ….

  74. #74 by akarmalaysian on Tuesday, 14 August 2007 - 3:08 pm

    if our PM says he will look into it…then it will only be fair for him to hv some time dealing with this matter.and hopefully he will come up with a sincere answer for all these matters.hes been bombarded with all sorts of allegations on his cabinet ministers and including himself.hes been talking abt wiping out corruption since day one he took office…but till now hes really never been impressive on the words hes been preaching about.i hv always hv this respect for this humble PM…maybe hes not built to be tough to handle the monkeys in this cabinet ministers of his.

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