Tuesday, August 08, 2006

3 Assignments For You All...

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.

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.

Assignment 3: "Do not believe everything you hear from the internet". Why? Look at the following screenshot (click on the thumbnail for larger version) and find the answer yourselves.

Original source.

To be frank, since I came over here (co-incidentally just a month before the takeover), I have never actually heard his speech as a PM before. Not until I saw his interview just now. He seriously lacks the charisma of his predecessor. Very unconvincing indeed, whether it was a sandiwara or not.

Further read: Aisehman's Kacau.

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